Chelsea lacking dependable core to the squad

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Chelsea's dramatic decline is one of the most astonishing turnarounds in modern football history.

When David Moyes took reigning champions Manchester United to seventh it was considered remarkable and yet Chelsea and Jose Mourinho would give their right arm to be so high in the table.

They languish in the bottom half, 15th, with just 11 points from as many games and have already suffered twice as many defeats as they suffered throughout the entire season last year.


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What has happened to this team, once touted as potential 'invincibles' last season, is inexplicable. However, after another lethargic display on Saturday afternoon at home to Liverpool, it appears this team lacks characters.

Sold Their Souls

The Chelsea dressing room had the ability to run itself over the past decade. The revolving door policy meant the players were held together by a core group of senior winners. Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba were the stalwarts of the dressing room - dragging their team to trophies - as managers came and went.

Guus Hiddink, the interim manager who led the Blues to an FA Cup in 2009, and Roberto Di Matteo, famous for overseeing an against-all-odds Champions League triumph, are both said to have recognised that particular group of players didn't really need a manager.

However, with only Terry remaining, it seems those men have not been replaced and as a result, divisions are forming in the dressing room.

Drogba and Cech departed this summer, but Mourinho actually needed them to stay another season to help develop the same bond with the new generation of players at the club.

His relationship with the likes of Lampard and Drogba was built on charisma, man management skills and the defence of his Premier League.

Has Mourinho changed?

The Portuguese has always been pragmatic in his approach and has never been a man more concerned with performances over results.

However, when he returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2013, he branded himself 'The Happy One'. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Constantly picking fights with the FA and Arsene Wenger, Mourinho has even turned on his own staff this year and the cheeky grin from his first spell has disappeared from his face.

Mourinho certainly hasn't looked happy recently, and while his methods behind closed doors may be the same as ever, he certainly hasn't been the delight that he used to be in the media. His attitude has been dismissive and, at times, rude to journalists who previously loved interviewing him.

Is it time to part ways?

The rumours of discontent have demonstrated the fractious atmosphere in the dressing room at the moment - a situation which is becoming increasingly unlikely for Mourinho to revive.

It's difficult to imagine the 52-year-old remaining in charge by December if Chelsea do not miraculously change their fortunes.

However, the Blues should stick by their manager if they want to buck the trend of short-term success and long-term unsustainability under Roman Abramovich.

Let’s not forget this man has won three Premier League titles in five seasons in England, the most recent coming just six months ago.

It is hard to picture these stories of unrest coming out if Chelsea still had their leaders in the dressing room. Unfortunately, the days of Drogba, Cech and co. are long gone, and they have left bigger holes than any of us could have imagined.

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