The reigning champions of the English Premier League Chelsea are enmeshed in a crisis of sorts, as the Blues have lost five games out of ten games so far this term and they find themselves in the lower rungs of the EPL table at 15th position.The centre of attraction for the Stamford Bridge side is Portuguese born manager Jose Mourinho who is under mounting pressure with the state of results this term.
The jury is out and patience is such a scarce commodity in the current situation and when will the Roman Abramovich funded team call it a day with the ‘Special One’?The crisis shows no sign of abating, as the reigning Capital One Cup champions were knocked out by EPL minnows Stoke City 5-4 on penalties, after a 1-1 draw at Britannia Stadium on Tuesday.
In this article Adam Lambert states five reasons why the Sword of Damocles is an imminent and ever-present peril faced by the much loved gaffer who has garnered silverware at different clubs in Europe.
- Mourinho last lost his much famed tactical acumen
Chelsea led the EPL table from the first match day of the 2015/15 season till the last and they beat all comers to the trophy in style. However, this season the magic wand of Mourinho has not produced the desired results and his side is languishing at the tail end of the table. Even when the going is tough, Mourinho’s men know how to grind results and earn the requisite points to forge ahead. This characteristic has deserted the Blues this season and they burden of failure is clearly felt by the Blues fans.
- The pressure is getting the better of Mourinho
They Jose Mourinho is the master of pressure, but this season this factor has got the better of Jose Mourinho as clearly illustrated with his clash with the club’s medic Eva Carneiro and physic Jon Fearn, his confrontation with referees and swift change of his playing line-up. The pressure cooker environment of the EPL seems to have overwhelmed the ‘Special One’ who has a way of getting points off his opponents.
- The Law of Diminishing Returns has set in for the Blues
The only way to go after reaching the summit is to go down and the Blues have attained the summit of Engish football with two trophies last season. This term they ‘ve been a shadow of themselves with minnows such as Crystal Palace, Southampton, West Ham, Everton raking points from Mourinho’s troops who shone brightly in the last campaign.
- Mourinho needs to take responsibility and shelve the idea of scapegoats
Jose Mourinho needs to take responsibility for the setback at Chelsea and let go of chasing scapegoats that constitute unnecessary distraction. The real of imaginary dressing room rancor has refused to disappear despite the repeated denials that all is well at Stamford Bridge.
- Mourinho and Chelsea are marked men with football umpires
Jose Mourinho has not spared the men in black about the Blues current predicament and this has not helped their cause so far. Things flared up against West Ham last weekend where him and his assistant were sent to the stands. If he lasts till the end of the season, it is imperative that he maintains a cordial relationship with the umpires.