Well, that was embarrassing wasn’t it?
All the teams around us dropped points last night and we fail to even get a point against rock bottom Wolves. Some say you can’t become a bad team over night, a lot people would argue Chelsea have.
In 2010/2011 Chelsea has now dropped as many points as we did in the whole of the 2009/2010 season (29). As champions, this is unacceptable. We have also only gained 9 points out of a possible 18 against the bottom 6 and if Manchester United win their game in hand (against Blackpool), we are only 3 points closer to the top of the Premiership than the bottom.
As time goes on the title is just going up the A1 from London, heading towards Manchester and it’s looking like Carlo is chasing it in a Kia Ceed as opposed to the usual Ferrari we started season driving in.
Seriously, what is going on? Every team has problems, but has any premiership winning team ever gone from such a strong position to where we are in a matter of months. I Doubt it.
Problem: Ray Wilkins – Still we don’t understand the full reason to why Wilkins got dismissed/left early or however you want to put it. He was fundamental in helping Carlo settle, just like Mourinho will admit Clarke was for him. He was his avenue to the players to help develop trust and communicate, being fluent in Italian helped too.
But the fact is he knew how the club worked, the players liked him the fans alike, but it seems as Roman thought ‘the grass is greener on the other side.’ You’re an Oil Tycoon Roman, a businessman and yet you still have yet to convince many you know much about football.
Prevention: Carlo should have stood his ground and said, ‘If Ray goes, I go’.
Solution: We now have a new assistant manager but surely would be the time to bring in a highly influential/motivational backroom character, of Carlo’s choice, to give the players a new lift and sense of direction. I.e Zola or Maldini.
Problem: The Squad – On form, Chelsea’s starting 11 is arguably one of the best in Europe. Most top European clubs would take Cech, Cole, Essien or Drogba only to name a few, in an instant. But the problem lies beneath that.
We have a small squad, only registering 18 players at the start of the season (youth not included) was a worry. It’s the team with the best squad that wins the league, not the best starting 11.
Competition for places isn’t there anymore and we have now become so predictable it’s shocking. Anelka hasn’t scored in 10 games, he needs dropping. Not for Kalou, who has proven time again he’s only an average player in a great team but for someone who will have a cutting edge and make a difference.
Prevention: Although ageing, we should have offered contracts to Ballack, J.Cole and if Carvalho was leaving he needed replacing straight away.
Solution: We need to buy players and give the youth a proper chance. Last night’s statistics against Wolves proved that having 19 shots at goal and 3 on target is desperate and appalling. The likes of Kalou, Mikel, Ferriera aren’t good enough and don’t have enough to offer and were still a couple of new players short.
It’s unfortunate that it’s come to this, the needless texts off Arsenal and Spurs fans really has put a damper of the start to 2011. But if things don’t improve soon, Carlo will be gone. That’s not what anyone wants to see.
On a positive, we have a Copenhagen in the next round of the Champions League. I hope we find more motivation before the first leg. It’s very winnable and a kind Q-final draw would give us a huge chance.
If you said to me at the start of the year ‘you will finish 5th but win the Champions League’, I would of taken it.