Are the London club in the trouble that the press say they are or is it premature panic?
I return from a few days away, and quite frankly I can’t believe what I’m reading, Chelsea are in crisis!
With a wealth of both, talent and experience, money in the bank and one of the world’s best managers back at the helm I find it starting that some people are questioning the club just because of their back to back defeats at the hands of Everton and Basel.
The midweek game against the Swiss team was one which not many people would have expected the Blues to lose, especially at home, but what is startling is the fact that there has been so much negative press aimed at the London club, to me there is no crisis, just a tough period that many teams will go through during the season, such is the nature of competing at the highest level on three or four fronts.
The press have had a feel day with the loss in the Champions League, coming up with headlines such as "Basel Faulty" and saying that Jose Mourinho is clueless now that he has returned to the Premier League, but such comments are harsh, lest we forget that Basel are no mugs and have earned the right to play in Europe's premier competition.
Manager, Mourinho has worked wonders over the years, building several world-class teams in various countries and lifting numerous pieces of silverware including league titles and two European Cups, there have also been injuries to contend with, an international break so early in the season of which I imagine 85% of his squad were away on duty and then there are the new signings to work with and fit into the team.
If there were to be any criticism of the manager then it might be that the side aren’t scoring as freely as they did last season, netting just seven goals in six games this term, but I again think that its far too easy to pick on minor details such as this, after all we are only a handful of games into the campaign and if anybody knows how to win over the course of the season, then its Jose.
Up next for Chelsea is their derby with Fulham and it is a match that I along with the many Blues fans out there expect the club to win, but if they don’t then I’m not sure it is right to jump on the bandwagon and call for the head of Mourinho.
In his pre-match press conference today, Mourinho said: I didn’t read (any), but I can guess I have to agree with some critics, some opinions, but I didn’t read them. I accept opinions, and I accept critics, but for sure I agree with some and disagree with others.
'I agree we must have better results'.
Chelsea fans, what do you think, are the club in decline and is Mourinho worthy of negative criticism or is it just a rough patch?
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