Chelsea have possibly made the worst start to their Premier League campaign this season as they have only one point from two matches.
A 2-2 draw with Swansea City was followed by a 3-0 hammering at the hands of Manchester City. It is not a good spell of time for Jose Mourinho as well who has been criticised widely for banning team doctor Eva Carneiro.
A deep insight into their performances reveal the following.
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1. BRANISLAV IVANOVIC IS UNDER PERFORMING
Ivanovic has well and truly been one of the best right-backs in the Premier League for some time now. A vital cog in Mourinho's Chelsea team, the Serb has performed below his high standards in the first two league games.
In the opening game, he was tormented by Swansea City winger Jefferson Montero throughout the game. His inability to keep pace with the Ecuadorian led to the first goal.
The game against Manchester City was another one to forget for the right back. Raheem Sterling gave him a torrid time once again exposing his lack of speed. Vincent Kompany's goal, which put the tie to bed, was also a result of Ivanovic losing the aerial battle.
After two uninspired performances, it will be interesting to see if Mourinho keeps faith in him or replace him with Azpilicueta or new signing Baba Rahman.
2. JOHN STONES SHOULD BE SIGNED
Chelsea have been constantly linked with the Everton centre-back this transfer window with reports of two failed bids.
Poor defensive outing from the starting two games saw the club concede five goals, a surprise for a team which had the best defensive record last season.
John Terry's substitution in the second half against City was a sign that Mourinho had lost hope in his abilities. Therefore, he should be replaced by the young John Stones who many believe is one of the best ball playing centre-backs in the Premier League.
At 21, he can also be viewed as a long term successor to Terry. As such, without making further delay, Mourinho should capture Stones.
3. CESC FABREGAS LOST HIS RHYTHM
The Spanish playmaker made a total of 18 assists in his debut season in the league and was instrumental in Chelsea's title winning campaign. But he has not been the same player at the beginning of the new season.
His creative spark seems to be lost. Moreover, he is not complementing Matic in properly shielding the back four and regularly exposed them to tight situations.
Fabregas needs to rediscover his form as soon as possible if Chelsea are to defend the title. Mourinho is an experienced manager and must address this issue quickly.
4. BEGOVIC IS AN ABLE DEPUTY
Asmir Begovic was signed from Stoke City after Petr Cech moved to London rivals Arsenal as a back up keeper to Thibaut Courtois. Instead of the Belgian, it is the Bosnian who has more game time to his name due to a Courtois red card earned against Swansea City.
At the Etihad, Begovic made a string of good saves to deny Aguero the lead in the opening half hour. He was finally beaten by the striker on the 31st minute but if it were not for those saves, Chelsea would have been down by four goals at the stroke of half time.
Overall, he impressed on his first full debut for his new club in the Premier League. However, his hard work was largely undone by some lackluster defending from his side and also by the intensity of Manchester City's forwards.
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