“When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide”
It is not clear if Roman Abramovich is a fan of The Beatles but he certainly will not be enjoying the “Helter Skelter” ride his Chelsea team are on this season.
After losing 10 out of 24 games in all competitions under ex-manager Jose Mourinho, the West London outfit are unbeaten in 12 matches since Guus Hiddink took over as interim manager.
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After the 5-1 home win over Newcastle, the Dutchman reflected: “We are unbeaten since December but we weren’t really proud because there were too many draws, we wanted the status of being unbeaten with victories, that’s why this is good.”
Chelsea are now unbeaten in their past 10 Premier League games and although they may have left it too late to reclaim their crown as champions, there is no reason why - following Leicester’s example - they cannot rise like a phoenix from the ashes of Jose Mourinho’s giant ego to mount a title challenge in 2016/17.
However, it may be wise to replace the dressing-room trouble-makers who disgraced themselves this season and recall some of the undoubted talent that Chelsea have out on loan.
Every hollow victory on this 12-match unbeaten run has merely exposed the behaviour of some of the Chelsea players for what it was. It is the men like Ramires who continued to keep his head, and his form, while all about him were losing theirs, who are the real heroes this season, but he has just joined the exodus to China.
Diego Costa, in particular, will not enjoy looking the man at in the mirror as his recent form of seven goals in eight games reflects badly when compared to his impression of the Invisible Man under the Portuguese.
Roman Abramovich has probably got blisters on his fingers trying to dial in a new manager but it should not be difficult to fill the vacancy as long as he does not get seduced by David Beckham’s Hollywood dream.
As for The Beatles, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are not known to be regular visitors to Stamford Bridge but certainly everyone of a blue persuasion will be hoping that Chelsea can “Get Back” to where they once belonged next season.