After a title winning season, Jose Mourinho’s men have started the new season in one of the worst possible manner. They have been humiliated at home and away and in England and in Europe. They have not been able to produce a performance resembling the title-winning charge last year and now, they are in danger of not qualifying for Europe next season if the results continue.
This International break is a great time for the manager to understand what is going wrong with his team. Let us also take a look at the reasons for the club’s regular failures.
Most of Chelsea’s good work last year was down to their stability and solidarity in defense. John Terry was at the helm of the back four and bought front all his experience as he marched a force with one of the best defensive display’s last season all over Europe. They had Matic and Mikel just in front of the back four relieving pressure on the defense time and time again.
This season, John Terry has somewhat lost his presence in defense and was also benched by Jose in the beginning. Kurt Zouma who replaced him showed some resilience but was found lacking when put under pressure. The defensive cover in front of the back four has also been disappointing. Matic and Mikel have rarely applied themselves like last season and the pressure on the defense has piled up.
To pin point a single player would be harsh but Ivanovic has had a devastating season so far down his flank. He rarely provided any kind of support in attack and has been very poor at the back. He has been targeted by certain teams as they were able to team up against him to good use. Fabregas who is supposed to provide him cover at the back has also been almost absent this season.
The Spaniard has been ineffective so far this season. He has not been disciplined in defense when needed and too often lost possession in tight spots. His distribution that led to a number of Chelsea attacks last season has been found wanting as he has not looked comfortable at all in the mid-field.
However, the front line of the club has also lost all its firepower. Jose added the likes of Falcao and Pedro to his ranks in the summer, but neither player has given the right return that the manager is looking for.
Diego Costa who had a great debut season last year has also looked out of touch and has not really been able to lead the line with success. He often looked isolated up front. One of the main reasons for his failure has been the decline in form of the star player Eden Hazard. Hazard has also not been able to add to Chelsea spark in the final third and has often let his team down.
All these factors have put Jose Mourinho under tremendous pressure and it looks like ‘The Special One’ who is known to be a tactical mastermind has lost his charisma. He has not been able to make the right decision at times and has looked devoid of ideas in the field. He will have to turn the tables around quickly and instill the confidence that is missing in the squad to get the required results if he wants to be the manager of Chelsea till the end of the season.