The axe appears to be out for Jose Mourinho as Chelsea continue their struggle to find the feet in the England and Europe, a 15th place in Premier League after 10 matches and 3rd in Champions League table after three matches.
What is wrong at Chelsea this season? From Where did it all go wrong? That’s the question on every Chelsea fan’s lips.
From extra holiday time at the end of last season, to the Eva Carneiro fallout, we analyse five key reasons why the reigning Champions are struggling this season.
1) Extra holiday time
Jose Mourinho gave his team a reward of extra week of holiday in the summer for their success in the premier league last season. It looks like that was his worst decision, as the players was out of shape when the season kick-started. Some of the players were not fit enough for competitive matches and had lost their form thus this contributed to Chelsea’s poor start.
2) Flopped Transfer Plan
In summer of 2014 Chelsea made a quick move and secured the services of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, but in 2015 they did a less impressive business. Chelsea failed to make reasonable additions as to defend their Champion’s title.
The January arrival Juan Cuadro was labelled a flop, even if his appearances were scarce. Petr Cech left to bitter rivals Arsenal and Asmir Begovic was brought as his replacement.
Radamel Falcao was a wild chase gamble, who has failed to impress in Premier League with Manchester last season, and the gamble has not paid off. The youngster Baba Rahman still needs ample time to adjust to Premier League style of football.
The pursuit of John Stones ended in a failure and Papy Djilobodji was brought in from nowhere; a player, the manager and the staffs knew nothing about meanwhile Micheal Hector was sent back on loan to Reading.
The only positive which many pundits think is the capture of Pedro from Barcelona, but just like Baba, he may also need some time to settle at the English capital.
3) The King of Controversy
Mourinho is always in the middle of controversy every random week. This has been the case in almost every club he managed. And now, the ghost has slowly creeped up on his players. Either him or one of his players have never gone a week without getting a negative media attention.
This season’s first started off with the former first team doctor Eva Caneiro’s case, which occurred in the opening game against Swansea. Months into it, the case is not yet closed, even though the doctor has left Chelsea.
Diego Costa got into trouble against their London rivals Arsenal, Mourinho was charged with £50,000 fine for laying accusations on referees and a further warning for a one match stadium ban if he repeats the same again.
Barely a week into this, he and the assistant coach Silvinho Louro got sent-off alongside on field player Matic during Chelsea’s defeat by West Ham United.. Now the FA has charged Jose Mourinho with misconduct for his language and behavior in the technical area.
Furthermore, Chelsea are already facing a £25,000 fine for receiving more than five bookings in the Premier League loss – two yellow cards to Nemanja Matic, a card each to Cesar Azpilicueta, Willian, Cesc Fabregas, John Mikel Obi and Diego Costa.
4) Player Moral and Attitude
Though many Chelsea players have been saying good things about Mourinho and throwing their support in him, but most of them find it difficult to back up their words with actions.
Hazard has come under much scrutiny after his poor show this season this season and reports suggest on a fall out with with manager Jose Mourinho and a link to Spanish Giants Real Madrid.
To add strength to the rumors, Hazard ‘Liked’ an Instagram post that links him with Real Madrid after he immediately stepped off the plane in Ukraine last week.
Eden Hazard has liked this photo on Instagram… It’s of him being linked with a move to Real Madrid. pic.twitter.com/so0i9Eerrr
— TweetChelseaFC (@TweetChelseaFC) October 19, 2015
It is not just Hazard, many players have secretly discussed among themselves whether to stay or leave if the club fails to qualify for Champions league.
5) Search for the Best Eleven
Mourinho seems to have run out of ideas as he is unsure of his best playing eleven. Except for the match against West Ham; since last November, Mourinho has been changing his team which refers to what he earlier said about having no ‘Untouchables’.
During the first era at Chelsea, he fondly embraced his group of Untouchables and Chelsea could have always rely on them during big and important games or in high pressure situations. They seem to have disappeared into the thin air this season.
With or without the untouchable, the squad failed to settle into any sort of balance with constant change in personals affecting the team morale.
Mourinho has been searching for a winning formula, lets hope he finds it before getting the sack letter, since Abrahamovic has already revealed the Portuguese manager’s position at the club will be reviewed only during the international break in November.