With every defeat Chelsea is suffering from, the pressure on Jose Mourinho increases. After such a disappointing campaign this season, Jose must consider himself extremely lucky to have a job still.
Continuous failure to avoid defeat, let alone the victories have put Chelsea in a disappointing 14th position in the league and within 6 points of the relegation zone. Such a frustrating performance would have resulted in an instant sacking by the club’s Russian owner Roman Abramovic.
However, it looks as if the Chelsea owner is keen to give Jose as much time as possible to change the course of things.
Despite Roman’s backing, unceasing failure has not helped Jose. Whenever Chelsea take a step forward, they take two steps backwards. They had a good game against Porto but a defeat to Leicester City yesterday meant that they had more to think about this week.
It now looks certain that the Blues need a major miracle to keep even the top four goals alive, let alone challenge for the title. Many voices have come up with the sacking of Jose. However, this may just get a temporary boost in results. There will be a lot of uncertainty around the club and without the guarantee of improved results. Moreover, with the transfer window approaching, Chelsea are poised to spend big. Any significant signing (which the club is certainly capable of securing) could also prove out to be a substantial boost to their chances.
Chelsea’s Lethargic Defence Needs Reinforcements
The most prominent difference in the two season for Chelsea has been the defence. Last season, every team struggled to create chances against the Blues, let alone score goals. However, this season the Blues have conceded at a consistent rate. In the January transfer window, Chelsea will need to finalise a deal for a replacement to John Terry. The legend looks past his prime, and this would be a perfect time to back up Zouma and Cahill. It would be up to Jose if he decides to carry on his chase for Stones or looks for other alternatives like Varane.
The Blues Desperately Need a Striker
It is not that Chelsea have failed to create chances this season, but they cannot finish those chances that have cost them dearly. The last match against Leicester was a typical illustration of this. Costa was one on one with the goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel after an amazing through ball. The ball was waiting to be buried in the net; however, Costa shot it straight to the goalkeeper, and the chance was gone. It is just one example of Chelsea’s striking troubles this season. Moreover, Costa’s backups, Falcao, and Remy have been unable to grab any chance they have had (though Remy scored a goal in yesterday’s 2-0 defeat at Leicester City). It is now time that the defending champions to buy a new striker. It is a now or never situation for Chelsea, and they must grab a player or two in this transfer window.
Chelsea Should Give Full-Time Chances to Youngsters
There is no doubt that Chelsea has one of the best youth talents at their disposal. Kenedy and Loftus-Cheek are just the two examples, who have shown their skills when they have got a chance. It is now time for Mourinho to take bold decisions and give opportunities to these enthusiastic players. Kenedy has featured more regularly than many had expected. However, he has never started any game at his preferred attacking positions. It is now time to give him a chance over Hazard and Matic. The young players are unpredictable, fast and enthusiastic, and this could be a positive for the Blues.