With Chelsea going from bad to worse since the beginning of the season, Jose Mourinho’s place is more insecure than ever before. Can this, though, be the beginning of the end for the Portuguese as the Blues manager?
Chelsea has made one of the worst starts to a season in its entire history and the worst start a champion has ever made in the last 40 years.
In the beginning, everybody was saying the team wasn’t ready because it was just the beginning of the season. However, things are more complicated now.
They have just earned 11 points, and are currently 15th on the table, five points above the relegation zone and nine behind Manchester United, who are currently fourth.
Manchester City and Arsenal, who are the league leaders, are 11 points ahead of the Blues, however the main problem is the club’s total appearances.
They have lost five of their 10 league games so far (along with three victories and two draws), whereas at the same time last year, they were undefeated with eight victories and two draws, playing much better than this year.
Although the squad has remained the same to a very high extent, as all the new signings, including top-level players like Pedro and Radamel Falcao, are not in the starting squad, it seems that there is no plan so far.
The tactics are the same, but the players seem unable to stick to the plan, as key players of the side, like Diego Costa, Cesk Fabregas, Eden Hazard, and Nemanja Matic, are out of shape and can’t perform to their previous high standards.
In addition, they make more mistakes, easily lose their concentration and look more like a mid-table Premier League side than a squad that defends its title.
Their offensive productivity is poorer than last year, they are not so tough in the midfield line, while their defence is the weak link, having conceded 19 goals in 10 matches already, whereas last season they had conceded only 32 in 38 matches.
The main reason, though, is that most of the players seem to have lost their faith on Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager has lost control of the situation since the beginning of the season.
Starting from his unacceptable behaviour against Chelsea’s team doctor, Eva Carneiro, Mourinho blames everybody else but himself for the current situation, namely the FA, the referees, his players and seems to be in panic.
More significantly, this negativity has caused the team crucial points in the league as well as the League Cup, as the Blues were eliminated by Stoke City on a penalty shootout on Tuesday night.
So, what is next for Chelsea and Mourinho now? The club still supports him, but for how long? Although he signed a new four-year contract with the club, there is already a discussion regarding his replacement, with Carlo Ancelotti and Guus Hiddink being the first names in the list.
The classic derby against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Saturday is vital for Mourinho. Because another loss in the league could lead the club owner, Roman Abramovic, to make drastic changes and replacing the Portuguese manager with another coach (which will be the the 11th manager in the 12 years of the Russian’s billionaire era) could easily be one of them.
At the end, although the best solution for Chelsea is to keep the Portuguese coach and let him find the best solution (since he is the best manager in the world), the situation is very difficult and everything, regarding his future, will be on the line, this Saturday against Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp.