We are nearing the end of the year and are nearly mid-way through the season, and I thought I would share my thoughts on Chelsea's season so far.
Starting with the Premier League.
The start of the season was filled with much optimism; the Mourinho return, players back off loan, the uncertainty around the competitors and their new managers, everything looked set for the Blues to steamroll towards the title.
It hasn’t exactly been a walk in the park for us, but to be second to a surprising Arsenal team is good.
We have played some really exciting football at times, come back from losing situations to win and players are improving all the time. Hazard and Oscar have been my stand out performers so far this season, but possibly at the expense of Juan Mata, who in my opinion should be playing despite his defensive deficiencies.
All of our attacking midfielders in one game or another have shown that they are worth having in the team, unfortunately this has become a necessity as we don’t have strikers capable of scoring goals consistently.
A demoralising fact for Fernando Torres and co is that Chelsea’s strikers have not scored nearly enough as they should have done in the Premier League this season.
That is horrible, the fact that we are second in the league is down to our midfield trio. I hope they can handle the pressure because it doesn’t look like Jose wants Romelu Lukaku back, which for me is bonkers as he has already proven last season on loan at West Brom that he can score more goals than Torres, Eto’o and Ba.
I’m not one to question the gospel according to Jose, but I cannot understand why he signed Eto’o who clearly from his time in Russia has lost his edge, not to mention his age, when we already had Lukaku.
On top of that he signs Willian, another attacking midfielder, when that department is filled to the brim with talent, one player in particular who I rate highly but will probably leave and Chelsea will regret it when they do is Kevin de Bruyne.
Man of the match on his Chelsea debut in the Premier League opening day of the season against Hull, he looked like he would be a top player in our midfield alongside Mata, Hazard and Oscar but for whatever reason we drafted in Willian to spite Spurs and create even more competition for places, thus losing consistency in those positions.
Cesar Azpilicueta has flourished this season coming in at left-back in place of Cole. I was a little worried about his game time due to Ivanovic being a beast at right-back but Jose knows best.
Although it is surprising that as it stands in the league we have conceded the same amount of goals as in the entire 04/05 season under Mourinho, which is surprising given his distain for conceding goals.
As for the Champions League it has been a surprise package. I expected Schalke to be the toughest opponent in our group but two 3-0 wins later squashed that theory.
I expected to crush Basel as we managed it very well in the Europa League last season, but we have lost to them twice!
Overall we are doing ok, but expectations are for us to be doing better.
Losses to Stoke, Newcastle and a lucky draw at West Brom need improvements on. Wins against Manchester City and Southampton and a constructed draw at Old Trafford are good highlights to reflect on.
Next thing to make sure we do is win win win, with our game against Arsenal coming up soon…