When you consider the superb form Chelsea have displayed in the Champions League this season, the Blues’ 16th place dwelling in the Premier League becomes all the more shocking.
Spearheaded by the mercurial Willian, Jose Mourinho’s men have navigated a group that could easily have proven a banana skin.
It is incredible that Chelsea are able to harness such fantastic results and displays in Europe, but seem to wilt so spectacularly on a domestic stage. The Blues need to kindle their continental success and transfer it to their league showings.
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Their 2-0 win over Porto finely demonstrated how Chelsea have the ability to grind out important results this year. No manager is quite like Mourinho in their nous of mustering victories in an ugly fashion or by quite the contrary.
The Stamford Bridge side is oozing with world class players, but the majority have proven absent in the league this campaign.
Performing under par in the league as opposed to Europe can often prove a symptom of players struggling with the physical demands of the Premier League. However, with a squad including Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic, coping with the pushing and pulling is clearly far from the problem.
It seems a mystery as to why Chelsea can rotate from playing so well in mid-week to being torn limb from limb at the weekend. Mourinho must be tearing his hair out.
Considering the sides deployed in both competitions are almost identical, the mystery trundles on. It’s not a case of comparing the players who are fielded in each respective competition, after all it’s a team sport, and the presence of a single player can very rarely prove the difference between victory and defeat.
On the back of the demoralising 1-0 loss to Bournemouth, it would have been easy for the Chelsea players to trudge onto the turf in mid-week with their heads down. However, putting a quality side such as Porto to the sword accentuates their resilience.
Close to recovery
The fight and hunger that saw Chelsea run away with the league last season still lingers and flickers; Mourinho needs to nurture these occurrences.
Although far from comprehensive, Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Portugal’s finest demonstrated that the Blues are a force to be reckoned with on their day and particularly in the Champions League.
If the club can ascertain why their form crumbles so dramatically in the league, Mourinho can inspire his squad to a last-ditch slog at clambering into the top four.
Transferring the shimmers of brilliance so abundant in a virtually immaculate European campaign to their domestic game could see a resurgent Chelsea, despite their 2-1 loss to Leicester on Monday night.
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