The defence - and Nemanja Matic - are cause for concern as Blues supporters now regret laughing at Manchester United…
Chelsea have participated in five matches in all competitions so far this season but have already conceded six goals - with their most recent concession arriving last night, in the club's Group G Champions League match against Schalke 04 at Stamford Bridge.
The statistic has given cause for concern for Blues supporters who believe the new-found weakness at the back is a contrast in nature to the stringent rearguard that shipped just 27 goals in the Premier League last year.
For many Chelsea fans, an attack-happy approach this year - that utilises the creative talents of Francesc Fabregas (who scored against Schalke) - and the prolific nature of Diego Costa, has been to the detriment of "defensive discipline".
Other supporters took to social media to complain about Nemanja Matic, a player who was revered for his performance-level following his arrival in January, as the Serbian is now more attack-minded rather than fulfilling the role he was seemingly bought for - to protect the defence.
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Five of Schalke's 13 attempts on goal last night were on target, with Thibaut Courtois saving 80% of those and conceding once.
What is, perhaps, the most telling comment, is that Manchester United's defence became the butt of the jokes in West London, but with Chelsea's new weakness, the Blues are no longer laughing…
Where are all the clean sheets from last season!? I'm scared! I'm not comfortable with our "conceding goals" every games...#CFC— Benjy Rheims Kalombo (@BenjyKalombo) September 18, 2014
A 1-1 draw was not impressed nor a good result for us especially at home! Teams are now scoring easily against Chelsea!#CFC— Benjy Rheims Kalombo (@BenjyKalombo) September 18, 2014
..Are we sacrificing defensive discipline in our quest for attacking football/plenty goals? I think Matic is getting too attack-minded. #CFC— Dr Kelly (@KelechiNwagwu) September 18, 2014
The result was expected tonight. We keep starting games slow. Our defence is unbalanced because Matic keeps running up the pitch. #CFC— Ikram (@Ikram_Sahib) September 17, 2014
Chelsea really need to tighten up the defence and get discipline at the back because we'll suffer more against big teams. #cfc— Phemmy 'Dare (@PhemmyBest) September 17, 2014
The defence needs to be more tight..so much space..allowing the opposition to run at us #cfc— Wolfgang (@Sir_dubzy) September 17, 2014
So disappointed with Chelseas' defence this season ! Needs to improve !cant even blame courtois #cfc— Steven (@Seastwood1997) September 17, 2014
We need to tighten up our defence and avoid complacency #CFC— IG: JodyKoopman (@JodyKoopman) September 17, 2014