The 2015/16 English Premier League season has been a tale of mixed fortunes for reigning league champions Chelsea, as Jose Mourinho’s men have only won one game, lost three games and drawn one at home so far.
For a strong stickler to results, no matter how tough they are earned – this is such a low ebb for the Portuguese born manager and the Blues. The rumour mills are laden with suggestions that the Sword of Damocles is hanging over the Special One’s head. Truth must be told, this is such a bad moment for the Stamford Bridge side.
- Mourinho’s men are predictable
Week in, week out, Chelsea starting line-up needs to no soothsayer to predict. It’s the usual suspects who are present and the opponents are now wiser by half. The stifling tactic used to frustrate opposing teams has been used against Mourinho’s team this and the stinging counter-attack has come to play. The Special one needs to rejig his tactics to accommodate newly signed players and new formations.
- Hazard has lost his mojo
The influence of Chelsea midfield linchpin Eden Hazard has declined and this is reflected in the output of the Stamford Bridge side this season. The X factor that delivered magic for the Roman Abramovich backed team is lacking. It is real or imagined that the Belgian playmaker is no longer motivated and has his sights primed to Real Madrid. If the Blues must reach the Promised Land, Hazard has to turn a new leaf.
- Terry needs to bid farewell to the Blues
Chelsea is currently 17th on the EPL table and they have conceded 12 goals in this term. They’re leaking goals like a basket and their defensive decencies are glaring. There’s no gainsaying that Chelsea skipper John Terry is past his glory days. Against Manchester City and Everton, it was a recurring decimal as Sergio Aguero and Steven Naismith steamrolled the pillar of the Chelsea defence line. A word is enough for the wise, Terry should take a bow – he has done well for the Blues.
- Fabregas is short in the creative department
Cesc Fabregas was the man who acted as the creative hub for so much of Chelsea’s best football artistry in the first half of last season is now an onlooker. His attacking influence is blunted, his energy levels depleted and his confidence on a record low. Mourinho needs to decide quickly on how to solve this dilemma to take the Blues forward.
- Costa and Falcao are not firing on all cylinders
Chelsea’s forward line have delivered only seven goals this season, as the top frontmen Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao have only registered two goals between themselves so far. As reigning champions, it such a huge setback and if they truly desire to defend their title they need to up the ante.