Five ways Chelsea can turn things around this weekend

Mourinho Dugout

Jose Mourinho will be looking for an instant reaction from his side this weekend against Fulham.

The Chelsea boss has received a little criticism in the fallout following a shock Champions League defeat to FC Basel but there’s a very good chance the Blues will respond instantly and impressively.

There are several areas of Chelsea’s team under fire at the moment and some basics changes Mourinho can make as he urges his side to respond after back-to-back defeats with an impressive win in the West London derby.

Finishing

Chelsea don’t have problems in terms of creating chances.

One of the simplest things they can do to turn things around quickly is to be more lethal in terms of their finishing.

Chelsea had more shots in the matches against Everton and Basel but the finishing was poor.

Width

Branislav Ivanovic clearly needed help on the right hand side in the mid-week game against Basel.

There were times when he got forward, received the ball and then looked lost because he didn’t have an easy option to offload to on that side of the pitch.

Mourinho could play someone like Andre Schurrle down the side of the pitch or urge one of his current players to drift wider, which will also make the talented central midfielders more difficult to contain.

Reliable

Expect to see Mourinho and Chelsea adopting a reliable and trusted method this weekend.

That means John Terry coming into the back four, a basic formation with a centre forward and a balanced side instead of taking risks with certain players in certain positions.

Chelsea are a world class team when they go back to basics and do things simply.

Leadership

The side looked a little lost as Basel got stuck in and at times when Everton were prevailing at Goodison Park.

John Terry should come back into the side, which enhances the chances someone will get the Blues by the scruff of the beck and drag them out of any poor patches of play.

Responsibility

It shouldn’t just be down to the likes of Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole to do the leadership roles and duties.

Each player needs to show more responsibility, tackling problems instead of leaving them to someone else and pointing fingers at teammates who are not pulling their weight.

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What do you think? How do you see Chelsea turning things around?

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