Some can hazard a guess at where the problems lie inside Chelsea Football Club however only the personnel involved can know the root this particular conundrum. Results on the pitch have been lacklustre with both the management and players looking like they simply “don’t know what their doing” as the Chelsea faithful would phrase it, and of course it couldn’t be closer to the truth. Luiz Felipe Scolari, world cup winning coach seems to have mistaken the Chelsea job for what it really is, and as he will most likely concede it is not what it said on the tin. The goalless draw with Hull at Stamford Bridge seemed to be the last straw for some Chelsea fans who rebelled against Scolari’s ethic and selection policy. Chelsea face a momentous couple week in a desperate attempt to save their season. Watford in the FA Cup, Aston Villa in the Premier League and Juventus in the Champions League. If Chelsea were to lose all of those games then their season goes up in smoke, subsequently with Scolari’s contract.
John Terry the Chelsea captain has spoken out about how everyone needs to stick together including the fans. It is his leadership that Chelsea turn to in their time of need. Sure, you have the likes of Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack who are both captain of their national teams respectively but you feel only a one of a kind born leader, a leader of men needs to show exactly why he is Chelsea and England Captain. However if Chelsea were to win those three games we would be looking at it in a completely different prospective. Chelsea would leap frog Villa into 3rd place, be in the draw for the 6th round of the FA Cup and be in poll position to send themselves into the Quarter Final of the Champions League. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that Chelsea could win the Champions League or FA Cup but they need to start believing and show how ruthless hungry players can be. Otherwise it will be another trophy less season for the blues and if that is to be avoided the following term it will be a result of either a vast amount of investment or a change or manager, potentially both. It is thought that Scolari’s situation will be reviewed at the end of this current season, where he will still have a year left to run on his contract. Baring in mind by then it could be too late, with worse case scenario occurring Chelsea could be out of the top four with no trophy’s to parade. Or the later of 2nd place in the League behind a unstoppable Manchester United side whilst showing of either the Champions League Crown or FA Cup chalice. A finish that would undoubtedly save Scolari’s skin.
Numerous Chelsea players including Michael Ballack, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Nicholas Anelka have countless times refused to let the pressure show with fighting talk however there seems to be no change on the pitch. Sir Alex Ferguson stated at the beginning of the season Chelsea were an “ageing team” Chelsea laughed of that claim but it seems they are not laughing anymore. The likes of Michael Ballack, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba are on 100k – 140k per week and are all 30 or over. Some might say they are looking to pick up a nice pay off before they retire, whilst they would categorically deny that it is clear for all to see. Incredible how a team who were flying up until November and after the 4-0 thrashing of Portsmouth on the opening day of the season as well as one time favourite for the Premier League finds itself out of the title race mid-season, It has come a time where at the end of February Chelsea will either stand tall through an extremely tough time or find themselves at breaking point.
(Written prior to the dismissal of Luiz Felipe Scolari)