With over a third of the 2015/16 season gone, Barclays Premier League defending champions, Chelsea, have 15 points [a return of 1 point per match], just two points above the relegation zone and affected by all kinds of opprobrium. What was seen as a minor cough (sputter) in October now seems to have become a full-blown case of Tuberculosis (TB).
This infection [disease] would not be cured by the common cough syrup, this ailment needs stronger antibiotics for it to be controlled before it will be tackled and possible put away.
But what really is the problem or what was the problem? And please do not answer Dr. Eva…
There must be more to this ailment than the sacking of their nimble doctor for these are the same players that won the league at a canter last season.
After the 1-0 loss to Bournemouth on Saturday – their eighth of the season [they lost just four games in total last season], Jose Mourinho said his team would avoid relegation come the end of the season.
With that admittance, Mourinho showed that he had no fight left in him and was now ready to ride the wave, hoping that they would at least get ashore come May 2016.
The symptoms of TB include: a bad cough that lasts three weeks or longer [the Chelsea malaise is in its 3rd month], pain in the chest, coughing up blood or sputum, weakness or fatigue, weight loss, no appetite [for the fight], chills, fever and sweating at night [definitely happening in the Mourinho homestead].
Of a fact, Roman Abramovich and his multi-million-dollar team are suffering from all these symptoms. So let’s postulate what has gone wrong.
Believe the Fabio Capello assertion
“Mourinho burns out his players after a year and a half, at most two years,” former England manager, Fabio Capello told Fox Sports in October.
“I had already heard it when he was in Madrid and now we have confirmation in London.
Though he added, “It is true that Chelsea are paying for some of their absences – like [Thibaut] Courtois – but there have also been tactical errors from the coach, who this year is not preparing for matches very well.” So did winning the title last season ‘burn out’ players like Nemanja Matic and Eden Hazard?
Believe Mourinho did not get the players he wanted in the summer
Mourinho is said to have wanted two Atletico Madrid players – Antoine Griezmann and Koke while lifting John Stones from Everton, and a left-sided defender. For his A-list, he was told to promote from the Academy.
But before the season kicked off, Mourinho said [why he wanted these players], “Give a little bit more competitiveness to the squad, bring some new blood in, put some players a little bit under pressure. So they know they have someone waiting. Now they’re the champions, I need that.”
But he never got it, which could explain the reason (s) why he has not been sacked. He clearly predicted this position even before the season kicked off.
Believe that it is just life
Life is cyclical. we are all familiar with the cliché; “what goes up must come down”. Chelsea have not only come down this season – they have hit the ground with a loud bump. If we go with this postulation then we can expect that they should pick up anytime soon [even though their performances belie this positive take].
Believe that it is all of the above and more
Maybe we do not even know what the problem is [that is a liberating thought]. Maybe it is just the end of the cycle for players like Cesc Fabregas, John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Matic and some more. Maybe it is time to ply the kids, maybe…we can continue to infinity but the Blues are still feeling the blues.
When would the storm lift?
No one seems to know but one thing we do know is that at the end of the season, we are sure we will have more answers to these questions and the reasons for the debilitating collapse of a Mourinho team, 12 months after they won the league title.
So all we can do at this moment is postulate as the Blues’ fans go into fasting mode that they should not be relegated because the last time they put together such results – in 1979, they were indeed relegated!