With Mourinho returning as Chelsea look for renewed success under ‘The Special One’, we take a look at how the Blues have coped so far this season.
Mixed emotions. Chelsea have already conceded more goals this season than last time under Mourinho but scoring has also been a big issue as the Blues are struggling to make their mark in a season when the opportunity to attain silverware is definitely knocking.
Exit from the Capital One Cup at the hands of Sunderland has reduced those chances already, but their hopes in the Premier League have so far been thwarted by the re-emergence of Arsenal and Liverpool this season. However they’re still in the ‘Top Four’ and will be tipped for top spot by many come the end of the season.
Mesmerising, albeit a little inconsistent at times, Eden Hazard is a top talent who can produce the magic on Chelsea’s left side to either score or provide. In a season when Chelsea have been criticised for a lack of quality up top, the attacking trio in support becomes even more important and Hazard is pivotal in that.
He has amazing skill allowing him to dance past defenders and, if he can get himself on the scoresheet a few more times in the second half of the campaign, he could prove to be more of a handful for opposition and potentially help Chelsea to title success.
One to Watch
It’s easy to get lose in the swathes of talent that join Chelsea season by season, but Andre Schurrle has really stood out for me. He hasn’t had a great number of opportunities but he can play anywhere in the front four positions in my opinion; he started well playing wide right, and also netted two in the defeat to Stoke from a central position.
Could he be the solution to Chelsea’s striker issue? Depends if Mourinho is willing to give him the opportunity up front, but he’s a top player and could push for even more opportunities, especially if Juan Mata departs Stamford Bridge in January.
Top of the Christmas list?
A striker! Mourinho has criticised his current forward line for simply not being good enough, with Torres far from his Liverpool form, Ba struggling to get a game and Eto’o past his best. With a wealth of attacking talent in midfield Chelsea have all the creative means, but are yet to find a striker to act as a fulcrum and spearhead their attack.
Rumoured movements for Falcao will be of interest, and he’d be the ideal forward; bullish and a gifted finisher, ‘El Tigre’ could be exactly what Chelsea need to fire them to the title.
Going out on a limb and backing Arsenal to win the league means Chelsea will have to settle for somewhere else in the Top Four, and they’ll be going toe to toe with Man City in the chase for second.
I feel Chelsea’s lack of a striker may just be their undoing; with the form of Aguero and supporting strikers like Negredo and Dzeko in the City squad, Chelsea may find it difficult to compete on the goal front and so may just fall short of their Manchester rivals: 3rd
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