If you believe the majority of press and pundits, Chelsea are in crisis after just two Premier League games, suffering from a bigger leadership crisis than a poor political party could even foresee.
It certainly is their worst start to a season and lowest position for many years. At the moment it's the first time they have had no Premier League wins chalked up in August since the 1995/6 season.
After a less than impressive Community Shield defeat to Arsenal, a somewhat stuttering draw against Swansea City and a 3-0 thrashing by Man City, Chelsea sit in 16th place, five points off the top of the league with just two goals scored and questions being asked about their manager, their fitness, their squad size and their skipper John Terry.
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After the trials and tribulations of “Evagate” and Mourinho’s strange comments about a fake result, there are now tough games at WBA (where Chelsea have had poor results for a few seasons) and at home to Arsenal to come.
Strength of the first team squad
It is fairly clear that Mourinho feels he has a lack of trusted depth in his squad. The likes of Juan Cuadrado and Victor Moses are not good enough, Radamael Falcao looks a spent force and youngsters like Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah are not yet ready for the Premier League.
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The signing of Abdul Baba Rahman will add full-back options and possibly allow Cesar Azpilicueta to move to his more favoured right side to replace the normally reliable, but sadly below par, Branislav Ivanovic.
Of major concern are the poor form of Cesc Fabregas, who looks off the pace and Eden Hazard, while Diego Costa might need anger management counselling, as well as a goal or two to boot.
Everton’s impressive John Stones for £30million might be an answer, but he is not the full fix to the all the perceived problems. Only the industrious Willian has performed so far, and more inventiveness in midfield is needed, as well as reliable backup for Costa.
It may be necessary to sacrifice the likes of Oscar or Ramires, both of whom are allegedly being sought by Juventus, to raise the funds needed for big name signings.
Is there hope?
The questions have already arisen as to whether this is the usual 'Mourinho's third season meltdown syndrome', or will the Special One be able to turn it round – and does he have the full support of the board, the players and most importantly the owner, who is said in some parts to be furious about his treatment of the medical staff?
I predicted the Blues would lose to City, but I back them to get a result at The Hawthorns and go on a five to six match run of wins – providing the squad strength and Terry issues are correctly addressed.
It will be hard to retain the Premier League crown, but Chelsea have excelled in the face of adversity before. Somehow, you just wouldn’t bet against them.
Chelsea fans, just how bad is the meltdown at Stamford Bridge? Let us know in the comments box below.
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