At this moment in time, Chelsea as a club are not at their peak.
Reports have circulated speculating about rifts with the manager Rafa Benitez and the Stamford Bridge crowd are not enjoying themselves when they watch their team. To say Chelsea are in a crisis, however, seems a little strong.
Chelsea have suffered a dip in form over the last season - not helped by the peculiar sacking of Roberto Di Matteo. The downfall started then.
When Rafa Benitez was hired as Chelsea interim manager, the fans were outraged and clearly the players were confused too. After everything Chelsea as a club had been through with Liverpool and Benitez, it seemed as if the appointment of him was only to get Fernando Torres back on form.
Even though Torres has been scoring more goals this term, he still has looked off-colour and Chelsea fans have started to get on his back. If Abramovich sticks to his word and only has Benitez in charge for a season, it will surely lift the fans when the new manager is announced over the summer.
Another problem at Chelsea, and he always will be a problem, is Fernando Torres. As previously stated, he is scoring more goals, but with his performances continuously hot and cold, Chelsea fans are starting to lose faith.
Some fans however still hold some belief in their number nine as he has shown glimpses of quality in every game that he plays. With Demba Ba coming into the side, it has given Chelsea a different outlet but it still hasn't had the desired effect as Ba has been subjected to very few games.
Therefore, Torres continues to start and he seems to be trying too hard to get the ball and do something with it from all different positions. He rarely succeeds. The pressure then builds on the Spaniard and once again the fans boo him. It's a viscous circle.
However, a crisis would suggest that the problems are irrecoverable. This is not the case. With Jose Mourinho seemingly quitting Real Madrid at the end of the season and reports linking him with the Chelsea job, the morale would soon increase under the 'Special One'.
Furthermore, should Abramovich lose belief in Torres himself, a striker would be at the top of his wish list. I'm sure that any acquisition at the end of the season will boost the faith of fans and players alike as there is a hostile atmosphere around Chelsea at the moment. This needs to change.
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