6 games into the season : What lies ahead for the Blues
It has been one roller coaster of a ride in the Premier league so far for Chelsea after game-week 6. As it stands , the Blues are sitting in 3rd place with 11 points from 6 games. But it could have been a lot worse had it not been for some poor performances from the other teams around us. So its so far so good for Chelsea and in this analysis we will scrutinize the positives and negatives of the team based on their league performance so far and how far can we head on the road to the title.
–Mourinho : Needless to say, he is the perfect man for this job. Doesn’t melt under pressure and does everything and takes every decision on his own terms. We have seen many managers getting the sack from Roman after a string of bad results like the ones we experienced in the last week or so but make no mistake, Jose is going nowhere and neither is he changing his style. Advantage Chelsea.
–The number 10 Battle : Juan Mata has been Chelsea’s best player for the two seasons he has completed so far at the Bridge. But most of us were surprised to see him on the bench in the opening matches of the season which was partially down to some lack of match fitness but largely due to brilliant performances from the Brazilian Oscar. Having under-performed for much of last season, he has blossomed into every bit of the 25 Million pounds man the football world knew he was. Some healthy battle is good for the team and whoever plays in the number 10 role, is giving his one hundred percent. Couldn’t ask for much more.
-Shrewd Defensive Line: Just like previous Mourinho teams, prime focus has been on defending and give nothing away at the back. Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic are having the time of their life at the defense for us. With John Terry and David Luiz not far behind either. Jose’s tactics have always been that “Strikers are the first line of defense” and that is precisely what our attackers are doing very well . Hazard tarcking back at left back and Torres winning the ball at the halfway line are something we are getting used to seeing more and more. Mark my words, Chelsea will concede the fewest number of goals in the league this time around.. or so i hope.
-Striker Woes: The trend hasn’t changed. Not yet anyway. The arrival of Eto’o did little if nothing to help the matters and loaning out Lukaku was pretty debatable as well. But as it is, Torres is our best striker by some distance and should be playing every game in the Premier League. The majestic performance he gave yesterday at White Hart Lane showed his desire and hunger to finally make the striker’s spot his own. Eto’o is not good enough anymore. He can get you an odd goal here and there but that is the sort of thing many a striker could do so i don’t think he will be staying with us after this season. Demba Ba should be exposed more in Cup matches and should really adapt to the Cheslea way of playing. You are not going to get too many goals son.
-Too Many Midfielders : Chelsea is probably the only team in the planet which has a whole XI of talented and first-team-worthy midfielders. What made Mourinho sign Willian escapes me. There is no doubting on his huge talent and potential but lets be honest not knowing whether you are going to play the next game or not be in the squad altogether are not good for any player’s confidence. There are too many people on the bench feeling insecure about their place in the team which is not good for team morale overall. Apart from Oscar and Hazard, none of the midfielders is guaranteed a first team spot which is baffling.
-Missing Chances : Quite a few games have been played in the season and we are yet to see a dominating performance from the Blues. Just 7 goals have been scored in the 6 games played so far in the league. The main reason behind this is too many chances going begging in front of goal. Much of this is down to the low confidence of our strikers and some unnaturally wayward passing movements in recent games. Lampard of all people has been all over the place with his pass success rate. We rarely see crosses in the box from the wings . Too much focus on passing the ball near the goal costs us too many goals. Let’s be honest we are not Barcelona and this tiki taka is not suited to Chelsea.
WHAT LIES AHEAD :
The truth is that we are still lucky to be in third position in the league table. Now we must capitalize on that. One huge plus is that we have played Manchester united, Everton and Spurs already in their backyard. So we can look forward to some realtively easy games now and really go for the kill. This also means we will be facing the big guns at our home in the second half of the season which really matters in situations when every point is vital. So the mood is good overall and some exciting times to look forward to for us Chelsea fans. Keep Calm and Support Chelsea !!