How can Chelsea make themselves a near impossible side to defeat?
Jose Mourinho has revealed Chelsea are not an unbeatable side following the 1-0 defeat away to Everton over the weekend.
It was one of the worse performances from his team since he came back to the club but Chelsea have a chance to react quickly with their Champions League tie against FC Basel.
“We are not unbeatable. This is a different profile. This is a different team (to 2004). I came here to work - I don’t say peacefully because I am the first one that does not like to work peacefully - but to work with time, to develop the players and play the best they and we can,” said Mourinho.
So what changes will he be considering to make Chelsea a more difficult side to defeat?
With so many gifted players at Chelsea, especially in the midfield, the temptation to continuously make changes is going to be very high for the boss.
He has to find his best combination of midfielders and stick with them wherever possible, which will allow the side to settle with the players learning the precise ins and outs of each other’s games.
One thing no one can accuse Chelsea of is a lack of creativity.
The current crop of players don’t have problems creating half chances and goalscoring opportunities, what the side needs is calmness in front of goal and the ability to coolly slot those chances home when they come about.
Chelsea has 22 shots on goal against Everton but only five of them were on target.
There is little doubt that the majority of Chelsea’s best play comes from their centrally based players.
Mourinho could consider creating more of an emphasis on playing wider, utilising the pace of Ashley Cole and encouraging Andre Schurrle to develop as a winger for the club.
That develops the number of threats Chelsea will pose to teams, making it more difficult for the opposition to contain the West London side.
Mourinho is a master when it comes to the mental side of the game.
He can use defeats like the one against Everton to effectively poke the fire, stirring up his players to make them more determined.
He’s also got a very difficult job on his hands man managing so many players who are settling into the Chelsea first team for the very first time while assuring those not in the side that they have a genuine future at the club.
Mourinho has to work quickly to get a settled attack.
The debate over the best striker to lead the current side rolls on with Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba all fighting for places.
Chelsea have seriously missed that huge and prolific presence in attack ever since Didier Drogba left the club.
What do you think? How can Chelsea become unbeatable?