The Blues are currently sat in 15th place with 11 points in 11 games. Having won on only 3 occasions so far this season, Chelsea seem a far cry away from the title winning side of last season.
So where has it all gone wrong?
In this day an age in the Premier League, teams strengthen their squads during the summer transfer window. Traditionally teams that win the league don’t seem to need to strengthen.
Chelsea have fallen fowl of this having only added few players during the summer pre-season. With the two Manchester clubs adding several players to their squads. For me, this is a major downfall in Chelsea’s season. Some could argue that the club didn’t need any players having won the title in such style, and the big question arises – who would they bring in?
But football is as much about business as it is about the play on the pitch. Many clubs around Chelsea have improved their squads meaning on paper that they are much closer to the West London club, this then meaning that star players from their title winning season needed to also improve. Adding more pressure to those players.
The main issue for me is that star goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been injured for much of this season, resulting in a lack of organisation. I believe Courtois’ influence last season had more of an impact than many believed. The sale of veteran Petr Cech to arch rivals Arsenal has seen Asmir Begovic appear in goal in all of the games in the absence of Courtois. This has seemingly made Chelsea very vulnerable at the back.
Another issue is that the old guard at the back have under performed. John Terry, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic have all been inconsistent this season. Maybe Chelsea could have strengthened in this area during the summer as a back up plan. Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane was a potential move that perhaps The Blues should have completed with regret.
In midfield, Cesc Fabregas and Oscar have not shone like they did last season, with many assists. The biggest surprise for me is that Eden Hazard has massively under performed. He has not shown his class of last year, and with Chelsea needing him in many games this season to up his game, he hasn’t provided those winning moments that seem so long ago. His performances this year prove that he is not in the same league as Ronaldo and Messi having been compared to the two last season.
In attack the prolific Diego Costa doesn’t seem to care much about scoring this season, as he is to interested in ruffling the feathers of opposition defenders. His discipline this season has had an effect on the club this year.
The most important factor in the clubs demise is that the players no longer seem to be playing for manager Jose Mourinho. And this is an issue unlike many of the others that may not be fixable. Is this Mourinho’s own fault?
There is no doubt that his arrogance to not buy players because they didn’t need to has seemingly shot him in the foot. Mourinho has played about with his squad dropping players left, right and centre but it has not made any difference to the results.
Can it get any better?
I do not believe that with Mourinho in charge the club can progress, the players have completely lost belief and above all Mourinho himself seems to have given up and accepts his fate. It is questionable who could replace Mourinho, and that may be the reason why he still currently has a job at the club. For me the club have been involved in too many disputes this season; the physio incident, numerous decisions on the pitch, red cards everywhere.
On too many occasions this season have Chelsea moaned about decisions that have not gone their way, relying on; penalty decisions, red cards, and disallowed goals to go in their favour rather than doing the business during the match. This shows a sign of frustration from the team that really should be kept behind closed doors and not in front of the media as it shows a weakness in the team.
The players are not being allowed to focus on their football and this has not impacted well on the team. It remains to be seen if anything can change for the club, but what is for certain is that The Blues and Mourinho need performances and results quickly.