The pressure continued to grow on Rafael Benitez last night, after a stalemate at Swansea led to Chelsea's exit from the Capital One Cup.
It is looking increasingly likely that Chelsea will have a trophy-less season; the Blues are already out of the title race, out of the Champions League and have a difficult Europa League campaign ahead. I have seen one particular issue with Chelsea in recent weeks, and it was on show again last night.
It's all well and good having talented midfielders like Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar; but they lack the know-how to break down tight, compact, defensive lines, which we saw time and again last night. I lost count of the number of times they tried to either use their strength, or try to pass through the backline, only to get knocked off the ball, or see the pass intercepted. Yes, Swansea played well, but Chelsea lacked creativity, and in my opinion did not use the large amounts of possession they had to the best of their ability.
It is my belief that the manager cannot be blamed for the squad continuously failing, this has happened under a number of managers at Stamford Bridge. For their to be an improvement, a period of solidarity is needed, players like Frank Lampard should be given a new contract and some serious investment from Roman Abramovich is essential.
If Rafael Benitez is not given a good try as manager, i.e. longer than the rest of the season, then I believe that Jose Mourinho has to be brought back, and Abramovich has to give him at least two or three seasons in charge to get the squad capable of beating the best again. At the moment, we are not capable of beating Swansea, QPR or Southampton; some continuity is needed.
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