It is official; Chelsea have made a nightmare start to the season. The 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge may have come as a surprise in any other circumstance, but it certainly does not look out of place going by the latest form of the West London outfit. Chelsea have managed just one win from four matches and they already trail leaders Manchester City by eight points. The blues had lost just two matches until January of last season, but they have already matched this figure with just four matchdays completed.
Jose Mourinho pointed the finger of blame at his players, but the Portuguese will have to start looking at his own tactics sooner rather than later. Mourinho’s persistence to offer a starting spot to out of form players like Cesc Fabregas will be a hugely debatable factor. The Spaniard played the whole 90 minutes despite not contributing much in attack or defence. Mourinho has threatened to sack some of the players who have not been showing an improvement in performance. Speaking after the game, he said:
“If a player is not performing, there are two ways to look at it. The first one is that I trust the player so much that I will wait for the improvement. You wait, wait, and wait and maybe it comes or it doesn’t come.
“Or, even when you are trusting the player, (there) arrives a moment when you think, ‘I have to change’. And I can go both ways.
“I don’t know what happens in 15 days… every player goes away with their national team and I stay for two weeks with four players.”
On any other day, Chelsea might have done more than enough to get three points. The team had nine shots on target, but they found Crystal Palace throwing their bodies and everything they got in order to prevent a goal. It was not surprising that Mourinho said that his team did not deserve to lose.
After the narrow 3-2 win over West Brom last weekend, a win against Crystal Palace would have brought some positive atmosphere to Chelsea going into the international break. As it is, Mourinho is left worried about the lack of opportunities that he will have to improve the team in the next fortnight. The Portuguese admitted that most of the players will not be at Cobham due to their participation in the international matches.
The defeat against Crystal Palace, however, provided some positives in the form of a goal for summer signing Radamel Falcao. There were excellent cameo performances from youngsters Kennedy and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who came on as substitutes looking to spark an unlikely victory. It gets only tougher for Chelsea in the upcoming league games, as they are up against Everton and Arsenal. Everton have built a solid defence with Chelsea target John Stones, while Arsenal sneaked a 1-0 win over Newcastle at St James’s Park.