Jose Mourinho insisted his side were turning a corner prior to their meeting with Bournemouth last weekend, but Eddie Howe's Cherries became the latest men to inflict further misery on Chelsea and walk away with all three points.
Week after week you feel it can't get much worse for the champions, yet they manage to continuously choke. Now people are talking of them potentially not making the top four.
And at this rate, even finishing in a Europa League spot will require some sort of drastic turn around.
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Mourinho himself is beginning to acknowledge the struggle it will take to qualify for the Champions League.
He said, according to the Telegraph: "I know that, in this moment, it looks like to win the Europa League might be an easier way to be in the Champions League next season than to finish in the top four.
"But there is another possibility, which is to win the Champions League."
Regardless of whether the Portuguese is sincere in his belief the Blues can win Europe's elite competition this year, the realisation they will most probably miss out on the top four is profound.
What a disaster for the Premier League champions to find themselves in such a state; only those directly involved with the club will be able to gauge some sort of theory as to why they've succumbed to such a fall from grace.
Mourinho can most definitely count himself lucky there is no overwhelming option to replace him, yet he can also be thankful for the timing of this crisis. Hapless managers have been let go by Roman Abramovich in the past for disasters that now seem petty at best.
Carlo Ancelotti was given his P45 after finishing second in the league, a year after a famous league and cup double, whereas now, the prospect of second place is virtually out the window - and we're yet to reach Christmas.
The Abramovich of five years ago would have unquestionably swung his bloodied managerial axe on Mourinho for results of this nature. So is this hesitancy more than just the Russian being short of ideas?
It would be refreshing, not solely for Chelsea fans, if it was instead a symbol of trust from owner to manager.
Abramovich has had his fun and made his headlines; he's toyed with managers yet sustained success.
And whilst his tenure at Chelsea has been far from disappointing, with nights like Munich in 2012 there for him to point out, surely it is time for stability at the Bridge.
Both Abramovich and Mourinho know only of triumph - they're certainly on the same page - but they will both have to grin and bear one year without Champions League football if they want to play the long game.
Whilst no man should be bigger than the club and their fortunes, Mourinho is the best manager Chelsea could possibly have at the helm. For Abramovich to stick by him and accept that long term glory isn't always a smooth ride signals a change in philosophy in west London.
However hideous their season becomes, Mourinho deserves the time to put things right and build a dynasty.
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