Mourinho is failing to inspire confidence at Stamford Bridge
Five months ago, Chelsea lifted the Premier League title. Today, there is a major crisis in west London. Jose Mourinho, widely regarded by many as the best football manager on the planet, is struggling and so is his team. After ten matches, the Blues are 15th in the Premier League and sit eleven points behind leaders Manchester City.
Mourinho, meanwhile, has tried his best to place the blame on almost everybody but himself. Whether it’s down to individual mistakes, referees, officials or even his own medical team, Chelsea’s slump is not his fault. However, many are beginning to change their opinion on Mourinho and his time at Stamford Bridge may well be coming to an abrupt end.
Chelsea’s top players are under-performing
Simply put, their most influential players aren’t performing. Nemanja Matic, Eden Hazard, Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry were all key members of last season’s title-winning side but have ultimately failed to inspired confidence this campaign. Defensively, the Blues are no longer reliable and they are shipping goals – which is very ‘un-Mourinho like’.
These poor performances are placing additional pressure on Mourinho’s shoulders, which may explain why he continues to chop and change his starting line-up. These four stars have regularly found themselves on the bench at the beginning of the campaign – a decision that has also raised a few eyebrows amongst Chelsea’s ardent supporters.
Mourinho appears to have lost control of the dressing room
While Mourinho has always demanded the respect of his players, the current crop of Chelsea stars simply aren’t working hard for either the team or manager. The Portuguese has been very critical of his players in the press and this may be one of the main reasons why the likes of Hazard and Terry simply aren’t performing at their very best.
In order for footballers to respect the manager, they expect the same levels of respect in return. That doesn’t always happen but Mourinho’s recent comments on some of his senior stars have certainly had a negative impact, both on and off the pitch. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if the Blues dismiss Mourinho on this basis.
The Portuguese is making rash decisions (both on and off the field)
The first sign of negativity was evident on the opening match of the season. Mourinho unleashed a public attack on his medical team after they treated Eden Hazard in the 2-2 draw with Swansea City. The Portuguese claimed that the midfielder didn’t have a serious problem and his medical team shouldn’t have entered the field of play as this meant Hazard had to leave momentarily.
From there, Chelsea’s off-field problems have escalated and a number of niggling issues have surfaced. Mourinho has repeatedly criticised officials throughout the opening stages of the season and believes that there is a “campaign against Chelsea”. For me, this is the sign of a desperate man and it appears that Mourinho knows his time at Stamford Bridge is limited.
How much further can Mourinho take them?
After their epic capitulation at West Ham, things can only get better for Mourinho and Chelsea. Can they win the title this season? Mathematically, yes. Will they win the title this season? Absolutely not. Chelsea, and more importantly Roman Abramovich, need to strongly consider the direction that they are heading in and how they can improve quickly in order to finish in the top four.
Unfortunately for the Blues, that’s about as much as they can hope for this season. Perhaps a fresh start is exactly what is needed. Mourinho is a great manager but he does have a tendency to self-destruct and that’s exactly what has happened here. The Portuguese won’t resign from his post but Abramovich may call it a day if he can convince Carlo Ancelotti to return to Stamford Bridge.
Is Mourinho the right man to lead Chelsea in the future or is his time at Stamford Bridge coming to an end? Let us know your thoughts!