In recent weeks, Chelsea Football Club has shown incredible inconsistency. A 4-0 loss to Bournemouth, followed by a 5-0 victory against Huddersfield Town, ending with a 6-0 misery of a performance against Manchester City, shows the abysmal levels of football. Their most recent match ended in a 2-1 win against a poor Malmo side in the Europa League. The small victory may seem good, but it only covers the cracks of a poor match of football. At this rate, Chelsea will miss out on Champions League football for a second season in a row.
Each game the players look less and less motivated to fight for the badge. Years ago, with the likes of Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, John Terry, and Petr Cech, the Blues always showed a never say never attitude. Yes, Chelsea still has world-class players, but they lack the grit and locker room leadership. When in losing positions, they don’t look fired up to make a comeback. They lack a leader in the middle of the pitch, instructing everyone what to do. Wearing the Chelsea badge on your chest means that you fight for the club for the full 90 minutes, but the Blues seem unwilling to work hard for each other.
Chelsea fans continue to follow old footsteps and blame manager Maurizio Sarri for the losses. Sarri’s tactics are still being learned by the players, however they are not the scapegoat for these disappointing collapses. Sarri joined the side with instructions to bring the Blues back to the Champions League, and to bring in an attacking mentality to the club. After season and season with defensive-minded managers, developing an attacking philosophy will take more than 6 months. It may take a season or two but the final outcome will be on par with the levels of Manchester City.
The real problem at the club lives through the current squad. Chelsea has too many players who aren’t worthy of representing the club any longer. Players such as Gary Cahill, Willian, Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley, and Marcos Alonso have all played well for the Blues, but it may be time for them to move on. Chelsea need to offload players who aren’t of use to the side anymore and have run their course. These players who have played for years now think that they may be tenured but that is not the case. They should have to fight for their spot each week, just like everyone else.
Homegrown players Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ethan Ampadu, and Andreas Christensen deserve more starts to show their commitment to the club. Young players promoted from the youth sides are raised with the expectation that they will give 110 percent each match. They know what it means to fight for the crest on the kit, rather than the name on the back. The more chances they are given, the more experience they will gain, and the more fight they will bring to the Chelsea first team.
The Blues need a true rejuvenation to save their season. Their is plenty of time left to fight for that Champions League spot for next season.