WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO OUR ROCK SOLID BACKLINE?

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That will surely be the question on the lips of every Chelsea fan after yet another horrendous showing from our defence.

Credit will go to our attack for managing to save us the ignominy of losing to Watford earlier on Saturday, but question marks still hover around our season thus far.

In a collapse typical of what we saw against Roma and Crystal Palace, Chelsea almost suffered a third straight defeat in as many games this season. From being a goal up, we somehow allowed the opposition to take the lead, and it would have ended in their favor if Azpilicueta and Bats didn’t find the net when they did.

So what is really going wrong with our defence as Chelsea FC? This is the same defence that went unbeaten for a decent number of games last season.

Critics and experts have pointed out the absence of Kante as a major reason for this predicament, and while I do acknowledge that he has been missed in midfield, it must be said that the cracks in defence didn’t start to show today

Our loss to Burnley on the opening day of the season with Kante in midfield testifies to that truth.

In my opinion, there has been major drop in confidence in our backline. Gary Cahill seems out of it, and the rest of the defence seem to have lost it too.

What may be responsible for the confidence loss is very uncertain, but it is certain it has to be addressed before more damage occurs. If Watford were a much better team with their finishing, we probably would have settled for a draw on Saturday. I have no idea what’s going through Conte’s mind at this very time of our development as a club, but we need urgent fixing. It is an embarrassing thing to say, but we aren’t too far from a full blown crisis.

Conte did the magic last season after we started slowly, so he must dig deep to come with a quick plan for escape from this mess, and it has to start with the defending. The title race looks like it will be a close one, and we will not even stand a chance with our goals against piling up. Not conceding is as important as scoring, perhaps the boys need to be reminded this.

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KING JAY
King Jay is a writer/broadcaster with years of experience under his belt. His love affair with Chelsea actually began as a joke, but today, he stands tall as a die-hard blue. What makes him perfect for this blog? He lives for Chelsea FC, in fact, I heard he sat in the middle of a road, and refused to go home after that bitter loss to Barcelona in 2009. Haha.