I’ve always been a little curious of the common roller coaster analogy that people make when talking about what we will call “unpredictable form.” Most of the time, people bring up the “roller coaster of emotions” when they’ve hit a huge high followed by an immediate low. What’s curious about that? Roller coasters, in truth, are designed for entertainment.
This season’s multitude of emotional thrill rides have been anything but entertaining.
Tonight’s loss to the Swans is just another of many lows in a season that has seen ups and downs not only on the pitch (see: Clattenberg disaster vs. United), but away from it. Consider the start to 2012: coming off the club’s landmark UCL win, the club was led by a Chelsea hero to the Premier League’s best start with a new-look team full of exciting summer signings.
Then, the skid happened.
Regardless of your opinion on the sacking of RDM, it certainly appears as though it was a forgone conclusion that only required the Italian slipping in the slightest. It stings, but it was apparently inevitable. Word comes down from the man upstairs that Rafa Benitez would be taking over, and the fan base goes a bit off the rails – and rightfully so.
Torres catches brief and meteoric form under his old boss, giving hope to supporters who just want to see the club succeed. A loss to Corinthians in Japan is unfortunate, but not shocking. The club takes stride again against lower-level opposition, and all is right with the world.
Now we’re looking at a week with losses to QPR and Swansea at home and a drubbing of Southhampton away from the Bridge. This is going to lead to a lot of yammering from speculative analysts and so-called experts.
However, the facts say that Rafa has led the team to the club’s worst start under a new manager since Mourinho.
So here’s my question for Abramovich: when will you realize the stability off the pitch usually leads to stability on the pitch?