John Obi Mikel said anyone could beat them if they continue to play like they have done for the last week.
John Obi Mikel has said that Chelsea will improve after two poor results in a week with losses to Everton in the Premier League and Basel in the Champions League.
Manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is trying to change the way Chelsea currently play their football, saying he wasn’t happy with the way they played in the last two years.
These two views seem to complement one another at this moment in time as the club seems to be reflecting on a couple of bad days at the office.
Maybe that’s all it is.
Could ‘anyone’ beat Chelsea if they continued playing as they have done in the past two games, as Mikel suggested?
Maybe not on a consistent basis otherwise Chelsea would be odds on for relegation.
It did take some terrific discipline, and a wonderful challenge in Everton's case to keep Chelsea at bay at Goodison Park last weekend. And perhaps not enough credit has been given to Basel for their efforts in the Champions League, which consisted of an equaliser that was a joy to watch.
If it was one of the English clubs that had scored off the back of such a flowing move it would be replayed for several weeks. Well, at least up until kick off in the next batch of Champions League fixtures.
It has highlighted some weaknesses. Petr Cech has looked a tad uncertain in the past couple of games with both winners, though it may be a case of re-adapting to where Mourinho wants his goalkeeper positioning, and how he wants to carry out his duties.
They have looked a little on the fragile side and are probably re-adapting to David Luiz returning to the heart of the defence.
In the final third, meddling with strikers may not help but whoever is leading the forward line can’t afford to be as wasteful as they have been in the past week. There is a lot of pressure on the front man to start firing, if anything to vindicate Mourinho’s decision of allowing Romelu Lukaku to leave on loan.
“With the players we have, the calibre of players, I don’t think we should be afraid of anyone. But we have to put things right.”
Soon then, results should follow.
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