The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.
Vinay Yadav, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
According to me following are the reasons for Chelsea’s unprecedented fall from grace.
- Inadequate strengthening of the team in the transfer market–Although an array of players were brought this season, barring Pedro none of them even deserves a place on the bench of CFC. In this regard SAF is revered like a God and rightly so as he consistently re-created title winning teams season after season.And though there is no doubt whatsoever regarding Mourinho’s greatness as a manager, his longevity and success sustainability at a single club is yet to be proved affirmatively.
- Sudden and unexpected drop in the form of major players–The same Eden Hazard, who swept away all the major individual accolades last season , has looked a mere shadow of his former self and is yet to replicate his charisma. Same goes for Matic and Fabregas. The two lynchpins of Chelsea’s midfield, a major factor in their title win last season, have struggled against almost all teams throughout the season.However the most curious has been the case of Ivanovic. The pacey Serbian who is known for his astute defending skills and prolific run through the flanks has been the worst performer of the lot.To say that he has been erratic would be an understatement.He has been horrendous and has struggled against anybody and everybody.Diego Costa has been busy in either picking up a fight with the opponents or being absent altogether due to injuries and ban.Only Willian has been up to the standards during this time.If Chelsea still harbors hopes of defending their title , all of the above has to assume greater responsibilities and deliver accordingly.
- 3rd season syndrome for ‘THE SPECIAL ONE’,eh?–Who can forget Mourinho’s infamous 3rd season at Real Madrid? After benching the club’s iconic captain, he lost the support of not only the fans but also his own players which in turn catapulted in a barren season for both him and the Los Blancos.At Inter, after winning the treble , he did not stay back for the 3rd season.Similar was the case regarding Porto. Even while in Chelsea, in his first stint , the contours of division between him and Abrahmovic had started to appear in the 3rd season itself. So will the adage ‘History Repeats Itself’ stand true for Mourinho even this time.
- Selling Cech was the worst nightmare. With Terry out of form, and Lampard sold, what they needed was a club legend, an inspirational figure to look to when the chips are down. Cech was a rock and selling him even for £100M couldn’t buy that kinda experience.
- None of the goals which Chelsea have scored this season have any buildup play. A lot of them, were just lucky goals. Willian never intended to score with those free kicks, he wanted to put it in the box and they just kept going in without getting a deflection.
- Mourinhos decision to give the players an extended break and play some useless preseason games made a huge difference on how we started the season. Had we won the Community Shield against Arsenal, it would’ve laid the perfect platform to kick start out PL title defence. The Eva episode, the Wenger jibes, the FA bans eventually not just hurt the manager but the whole team in general.