Chelsea started the season in solid fashion by defeating Hull City 2 at Stamford Bridge. Three days later, they overcame a confident Aston Villa side but have failed to record any victory since. As result, a lot of pressure is being piled up on manager Jose Mourinho to revive Chelsea from their "crisis" period.
However, in my opinion, Chelsea are hardly going through a crisis but simply a poor run of games and players adjusting to a new system. There were many reports claiming that owner Roman Abramovich had crisis talks with the team after their latest defeat to Basel. If these reports prove to be true, then clearly a massive amount of composure and calm is required at a club who have never hesitated in changing a manager before.
11 years ago during the 2002/03 season, Manchester United won their opening game of the season 1-0 against West Brom but then went on to gain only two points from their subsequent four Premier League fixtures, including losses to Bolton and bitter rivals Leeds. Nevertheless, they still finished the season as champions and the "crisis" was never remembered again.
Every club normally has a run of poor results (except during exceptional seasons like Bayern Munich during the last campaign) which occurs at some point during their season. But what is important is that they don't lose sight of the long-term goal.
When Arsene Wenger lost his first game of the campaign, the reactions were absolutely crazy and uncalled for. Knee-jerk reactions were expected in the transfer market but the veteran boss kept calm. From that point, nobody expected Arsenal to go on and win their next six games and create a new record for the most consecutive away victories in their entire history.
Chelsea's main problem right now is that the current strikers have not been scoring despite a plethora of attacking midfielders to create opportunities for them. However, radical changes do not need to made, they simply just need time to discover which systems work best.
Another issue that has been prominent with many fans has been the exclusion of their best player from the previous campaign, Juan Mata, from the squad. It needs to be understood that Mourinho is the manager and although he has not won the last couple of games, his judgement should not be questioned simply because of a poor run of results.
In conclusion, the management and the fans should not react too badly to a difficult situation but rather should support the team and have confidence in a manager that has previously brought them a lot of success. All of Chelsea's recent defeats have been narrow, with the loss to Bayern Munich being perhaps the most painfu. But sitting three points away from the league leaders after four games is hardly the worst position in the world and the Champions League is far from over.
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