Three issues Jose Mourinho needs to resolve before Manchester City

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For what it's worth, Chelsea's disappointing season-opening draw with Swansea might actually be a good thing for José Mourinho.

In addition to their not-so-good pre-season friendlies, this draw showed the Portuguese boss that he has a long way to go if he wants to see the end of his new contract.

Here are three points that Mourinho should consider applying his special touch to.


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First, Chelsea's back-line is doing a mediocre job. What we saw in that match was certainly not the famous London blue double-decker that Arsene Wenger detests to his bone.

Except Cesar Azpilicueta, everyone else in charge of protecting the goal was having a really bad day. What happened to the trustworthy Branislav Ivanovic on the right side, because all I saw was Swansea's Jefferson Montero turning him inside and out.

The co-operation between John Terry and Gary Cahill was terrible as well, especially when the duo let Bafatimbi Gomis sneaked behind a couple of times; and later on, let Andre Ayew scored an easy goal.

To make things worse, Thibaut Courtois showed the world that in a beautiful day, he would strip off his world-class status to live his true life of a young adult with absolutely no experience in being a goalkeeper.


Cesc Fabregas has yet found his true self. The reason for Chelsea's great performance at the beginning of last campaign was Fabregas enjoyed one of his best seasons, playing like he was alien.

However, his performance against Swansea proved that he is still somewhere on the beach and definitely not at Stamford Bridge.

His poor form was noticed in the Community Shield match versus Arsenal, where he had lots of space but failed to produced anything acceptable. Facing a hard-tackling, tight-marking Swansea, the former Barcelona playmaker was totally cut off from Diego Costa.

Unless Mourinho can do something about Fabregas' form, Chelsea will have a tough time labouring through this season. 


It would be unfair to criticise the playmaker without looking at the target man. In a day when all hope was bet on him, Diego Costa put on a below par show.

It seemed that the injury was still haunting the Spanish striker, preventing him from playing at his highest level. We all saw how he played when having to worry about his injury relapsing at any moment.

Now, the advice will be to rotate between Falcao and Loic Remy to help relieve Costa of his scoring duty. Although they scored twice, their performance this match is still unacceptable. Chelsea needs to score real goals, not lucky goals like those against Swansea.

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Jose Mourinho
Thibaut Courtois
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