After Chelsea lost in the League Cup to Sunderland last night a despondent Jose Mourinho spoke to the press in rather bedraggled tones of despair and desolation.
He simply could not understand the defeat and blamed his side’s lack of goals for the result:
"The quality of football we produced is amazing. We never lost a match because we didn't play or that the opponent was stronger, it's just we don't kill opponents and we give them life."
Indeed one look at the sides three front-line attacking options makes you quickly realise there is something not quite right.
The most proficient of all their current options is Fernando Torres. The Spaniard has six goals in 17 appearances. That is the same total as Samuel Eto’o. The Cameroonian however has had 22 appearances to bag his goals for the team.
Meanwhile Demba Ba has hardly been busting the net either. He has just three goals in 14 appearances.
That makes a grand total of 15 goals in 53 appearances accumulatively … hardly prolific and less goals than Luis Suarez has scored in 12 games.
But the record looks even worse when you take a look at the stats of the three main striking options currently out on loan elsewhere.
Those three players would be Romelu Lukaku, Lucas Piazon and Patrick Bamford - and all three are having great seasons.
Romelu Lukaku has 10 in 18 games for Everton while little Patrick Bamford at League One MK Dons has a shopping 14 in 25. Finally, we have the Brazilian starlet Lucas Piazon at farm club Vitesse Arnhem - who has 10 in 15.
Altogether it comes to 34 goals in 54 games - 21 more goals than the Chelsea team right now and with just one game extra played.
Sure they might not play in as high a standard of league, but putting the ball in the back of the net is the same at any ground - it is the lubricant that quickens the legs and heartbeat of football.
And Chelsea have all-their in-form firepower being leased out like mercenaries elsewhere.
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