At halftime last weekend, there was a reality check at Stamford bridge as Chelsea trailed by three goals against a Burnley side pencilled for a relegation fight this season. The squad deficiencies of Chelsea were exposed as well as disciplinary misconducts. With a defeat at the final whistle more problems ensued with the midfield options decimated after a red card to Cesc Fabregas. Up next for Chelsea – Spurs at Wembley.
A tough game against Spurs is the last thing Conte and Chelsea would want at this stage. Interestingly, it’s a battle they must relish and prepare to win to avoid a repeat of a ‘Mourinho season’. Here are 3 dangers of losing to Spurs:
PLAYING CATCHUP AT AN EARLY STAGE:
After last weekend’s home defeat to Burnley, the least Chelsea need is another defeat to avoid crisis-talks. The game against promises to be an intriguing and intense affair and so we must be battle-ready to inflict pain on one of our title challengers. A defeat against Spurs pits us six points behind several of our title challengers which will make our title defence a bridge too far to achieve.
One of the most reoccurring theme of Chelsea’s ‘Mourinho season’ two seasons ago was the lack of confidence that hit the players. From league winners the previous season, the players became abject failures. A team of mediocres that displayed insignificance on the football pitch. A flashback at events should be enough for Conte and his boys to paper the cracks of our opening day defeat to Burnley. A win against Spurs puts our season back on track.
The last time Chelsea were defending a title, the subplots correspond with recent happenings this season:
– Jose clamoured for quality signings was only given average players that didn’t suit his style. Conte is doing so but the club is yet to act.
– Jose factitious relationship with medic, Eva Carneiro with legal charges made against him and the club which led to settlements. Conte and Chelsea embroiled in the Diego Costa affair.
– An opening day draw against Swansea changed the mood at Stamford Bridge as the result was unacceptable by Jose and Chelsea standards. Remember, Thibaut Courtois was sent off. Conte’s opening day fixture ends in defeat against Burnley with Cahill and Fabregas sent off.
The subplots are omens of a bad season but the good thing for Conte is that it can be reversed. The sooner Chelsea get their acts right the better for all. Let’s start with a win against Spurs, or else a loss will invoke the ghost of the Mourinho season.
Let’s hope for the best. It’s all or nothing. Cheers!