The 2015-16 season was somewhat a disaster to say the least for Chelsea, with each and every player in the squad suffering a significant plummet of form and lack of confidence throughout the campaign that reflected upon their performances.
A team that won the league just over a year ago became a frail and beleaguered side in months which was undoubtedly frustrating for the Blues faithful.
Jose Mourinho was sacked in December last year with the former Premier League champions menacingly close to the relegation zone, later interim boss Guus Hiddink steading the ship at Stamford Bridge finishing the season in tenth place.
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But this season was a result of years of mismanagement regarding transfers.
We look at the transfer mistakes made by former boss Mourinho in his two-and-a-half year second spell in the English capital.
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The Spanish international was one of the first names set for the exit doors after the appointment of Mourinho in 2013 and ultimately transferred to Manchester United for £37million in January 2014.
Mata was the two-time Chelsea Player of the Year, even in the presence of stalwarts like Eden Hazard, Oscar, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, he was able to stamp his authority in the squad, becoming a pivotal part of the club.
The Portuguese tactician prefers his clubs to be defensively astute and wants his offensive minded players to also contribute in defence which was not a strong point of Mata’s gameplay.
Hence, he sidelined him for the major part of the 2013-14 term that compelled the midfielder to consider his options.
Mata is still regarded highly by the fans at Chelsea and he also acknowledges it by admitting that Chelsea will always be a special part in his life.
The Brazilian centre-half might not be defensively at par with his peers but brings a lot on the attacking front alongside some robust defending.
Luiz played in various positions under Mourinho, at the heart of the back-line and as the defensive midfielder linking up with the attackers.
He was sold to French heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain for a record fee of £50million, but despite the funds being aplenty, according to Daily Mail, Chelsea failed to find a quality replacement which was evident from the performances all season this term, leaking goals at every outing.
Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne was hailed as ‘the next big thing’ in world football when he joined Chelsea from Belgian side KRC Genk. Majorly playing second-fiddle to Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar, the Belgian became tired of being sidelined by Mourinho.
After crunch talks with the manager, he decided to leave London for Bundesliga club Wolfsburg for £18million, returning to England a year later, signing for Manchester City for an audacious £55million transfer fee.
The 24-year-old, as per the Evening Standard, revealed that Mourinho demeaned his talent during his entire stay and disclosed the real reasons for his departure back then, mostly blaming the Portuguese for not giving him a fair chance to prove himself.
With the departure of Ashley Cole in the summer of 2014, Chelsea were on the lookout for a world-class left-back. Mourinho earmarked Atletico Madrid ace Filipe Luis as the ideal replacement.
Upon his arrival, Luis found his first-team chances limited with Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta ahead in the pecking order. He made 26 appearances in all competitions in his solitary year in west London. Seeking more opportunities, Luis agreed to return to Atletico which has proved to be crucial in the Rojiblancos’ quest for domestic and European supremacy.
His successor at Stamford Bridge, Baba Rahman is still young and lacks experience at the highest level..
The Brazilian international gave an insight about the methods of Mourinho and that he was not at all surprised by the plight of Chelsea this season, as per The Sun.
The former FC Basel star failed to settle in at Chelsea and despite high expectations, Salah was unsuccessful to showcase his talent at the optimum level during the entirety of his year-long stay.
Managing 13 league appearances scoring only twice in the process saw him loaned out to Serie A side Fiorentina, a move that proved beneficial to him, later securing a permanent deal with Roma after performing admirably in Italy.
A wrong call by Mourinho, Salah never looked like a player of the Blues’ mould and remaining in Italy seems to be the correct option for all parties concerned.
Nothing has gone right for the Colombian striker since he joined Manchester United which failed miserably. But the 53-year-old head coach was determined to bring him to Chelsea and was triumphant in luring him on a season-long loan deal last summer.
With recurring injuries and appalling form, Falcao never managed to regain the qualities that once made him one of the best forwards in world football during his Atletico Madrid and Porto days.
Goal.com reports Falcao will return to Ligue 1 club Monaco after two deplorable loan spells in the English top flight.
He scored a paltry five goals in 41 games in the last two years.
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