Chelsea 2015 - From celebration to the biggest fall from grace in Premier League history!
To state that this year as a Chelsea fan has been up and down is an understatement. Premier League and League Cup winners to Jose Mourinh...
To state that this year as a Chelsea fan has been up and down is an understatement. Premier League and League Cup winners to Jose Mourinho being sacked and talk of relegation - I can't wait for it to end to be honest!
I sit here now writing this wondering what the hell has happened to our club, what's the real cause of our decline trying to make sense of it all. How can the Premier League champions have such a change of fortune literally within months?
Let's be honest here looking back at the whole calendar year, we haven't been ourselves ever since the defeat at White Hart Lane on new years day 3-5! Up to that point, our only defeat had been away to Newcastle and we had scored forty-one goals in the process. Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas had taken the league by storm and everything looked good until Tottenham. That defeat marked a real change in approach from the manager and making sure we remained tight at the back became a real priority.
In the months that followed from New Years Day to the end of the season Chelsea stuttered their way to the title and that's the truth. Our play wasn't as fluid, we were not beating sides convincingly and Diego Costa stopped scoring. We scored thirty-two goals in the second half of the season and only scored more than a single goal on just SEVEN occasions. We only lost two games in that period, Tottenham 3-5 as stated already and then defeat away to West Brom 0-3 in our penultimate game of the season having already been crowned Champions.
In the Champions League, Chelsea blew Schalke, Maribor and Sporting Lisbon away scoring 17 goals, were unbeaten and won the group by Christmas 2014. Into 2015 and the round of 16 we all know what happened against PSG.
In addition, our FA Cup campaign in 2015 started well enough with a 3-0 home win against Watford in the third round but defeat followed in the fourth round at home to Bradford 2-4. It's funny but at the time we thought that it couldn't get any worse!
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The Chelsea story this season so far is humiliating. It's being spoken of as the biggest fall from grace in Premier League history and rightly so. Most teams used to play us and base their tactics on stopping us playing, to remain tight and compact to then see if they could get something from a counter attack or a set piece. Now the mindset is totally different. Teams no longer fear Chelsea and attack us at will because at times our defending is all over the place.
We have lost NINE games out of nineteen conceding twenty eight goals so far and currently sit in fourteenth place, nineteen points behind the leaders and fifteen points behind fourth place. It really is remarkable change in fortunes.
The most successful manager in our history has left Chelsea by mutual consent for a second time and it's something no-one in the world of football would have ever thought likely to happen as the season kicked off back in August.
Jose Mourinho will walk into a top job anywhere in the world and will be a better manager for this experience. Without question, he will win trophies and deliver results. It's just a shame that couldn't happen this season.
Right now though we look like a team that can't defend properly, we can't score goals like we used to and most importantly of all based on the current form of the majority, the manager doesn't know what his best eleven is and that includes the new Interim Manager Guus Hiddink. We remain hopeful that the manager will turn things around and our key players from last season begin to play football again. We hope that we can string a good run of results together to take us away from danger and back up the table to finish in a respectable position.
Guus Hiddink MUST get the players out of the mentality that have been stuck in, get out of the way they had got used to playing and he must get the best out of everyone or things will only get worse. Surely he can do that?
So it's goodbye and farewell to 2015 and as I said, I can't wait for it to be over. Let's hope that in 2016 we get to see the free flowing football we all know that Chelsea can produce with plenty of goals and good moments. No more negative press, no more dramas just football and Chelsea back up near the top of the table!
Onwards and upwards! Happy New Year everyone!