- Feb 20, 2012
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I don't disagree with Ståle's logic, but this whole team-selection-at-Chelsea business, not to mention the many observations about how little recovery time there is between league games in the Championship, has set me wondering what's changed since the 70s and beyond. The second-tier season was only four games shorter, there was only one sub allowed, yet if a Division 2 side had been drawn against the league leaders in a cup tie there'd have been no chance of them fielding anything other than their strongest team and taking the field like David trying to give Goliath a bloody nose. Perhaps I'm misremembering, but I seem to recall the same first eleven turning out game after game, injury permitting. Why are attitudes so different now? Are players less fit? More cosseted? Do they work harder during a game (though surely pitches and equipment are both less draining now than then)? Is it just that squads have more depth? Have managers simply given up, believing the gulf is now so wide that it's not even worth trying seriously to bridge? Or is it that promotion to the PL has become the Holy Grail, to be striven for above all?