Chelsea are out of the Premier League title race and look unlikely to finish in top four
Chelsea are OUT of the Premier League title race.
Chelsea are OUT of the Capital One Cup after losing on penalties against Stoke City.
Yet Jose Mourinho is still IN a job!
We have five theories as to why Chelsea are absolutely horrendous this season.
1) Jose Mourinho has fallen out with key players
Chelsea can’t go from champions to relegation contenders without something being rotten in the state of Stamford Bridge. Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic and John Terry have all recently come out in support of Jose Mourinho although a case of the lady doth protesting too much?
We know that Mourinho has previously clashed with his players, especially at Real Madrid where Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos were among those players keen to see the back of their manager. Has the same thing happened here?
2) Mourinho’s clash with club doctors has led to mutiny
That 2-2 draw against Swansea saw Mourinho hit out at Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn for rushing on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard against his wishes, with the Belgian then off the field of play as Chelsea played on with nine men available.
The whole affair continued to play out in the public forum, with Carneiro now taking action against her dismissal from the club and it might well rankle with some of the Chelsea squad who enjoyed a happy relationship with the club doctor and the head physio.
3) John Terry has gone at the game and there is no back-up
There was an aggressive approach for John Stones last summer and perhaps we now understand why. John Terry has started to lose the sort of ability that previously marked him out as one of the best defenders in the world, with the Chelsea captain particularly exposed at the Etihad Stadium where he suffered the embarrassment of being subbed at half-time.
Terry has since been red-carded at The Hawthorns and continues to be part of a Chelsea defence that is leaking goals and leading the team to averaging less than a point per game.
4) Diego Costa is more interested in picking a fight
Choosing which battles to fight is important, with Costa seemingly on a mission to pick a fight with every opposition defender he faces. The clash with Gabriel Paulista led to a ban, while the Spanish international was up to his old tricks against Ryan Shawcross last weekend. Which is all very well when you’re scoring goals but he’s not.
5) Eden Hazard has lost his way
Mourinho has always had a tricky relationship with Hazard. At the start of the season, he was billing the Belgian as someone who could end up being a Lionel Messi or a Cristiano Ronaldo. That forecast is currently way wide of the mark, with Hazard struggling to produce the sort of performances that marked him out as the league’s best performer last season.