It’s another matchday for one of London’s finest sides, Chelsea. And although it’s been all blue and gloom for the blues, they still have to take to the turf once again as they welcome Crystal Palace later today.
With a run of four consecutive losses in all competitions, the atmosphere isn’t exactly vibrant for Chelsea and as much as they look favourites on paper in recent matches they still went on to lose, most recently against Fulham.
Today they take on Viera’s side who haven’t been in impressive form themselves, but with this Chelsea side, low on confidence and in sixes and sevens, one might be tempted to pitch tent with the Eagles.
For the eleventh time, the question on everyone’s lips at the moment is what exactly has gone wrong with Chelsea? The nagging facts has been why they can’t seem to beat anyone right now, and why almost half of the first team players are on the treatment table.
Well, below are some of the few things we feel is wrong at Stamford Bridge;
• Change of ownership: Since the Todd consortium took over the Club, it’s been from one issue to another. First the sack of Tuchel, then laying off of some of the Club’s best hands in the backroom, amongst many others. All of these were bound to have an effect on the Club as a whole, in this case negative effects.
• The Graham Potter effect: A new coach, new environment, top Club and being probably fazed with the overwhelming responsibilities is enough to throw anyone off balance, let alone a manager who hasn’t quite managed a top side. Personally, I won’t hold Potter responsible for the poor results_at least for now, but what’s left to be seen is whether he has the grit and ability to turn things around.
• Too many injured players: Many years ago, Chelsea’s medical department was one of the best in the country. However, the story seems to have changed and a new song is on play at Cobham. Reece James, Sterling, Zakaria, Kante, Chillwell and more are some of the big names in the treatment room at the Club.
The Head physio, Club doctor and some other medical personnels are rumoured to have since left the club and the team is only being tended to by a physio agency who do not adequately rehab players and get them fully ready for first team action.