This time last season, we were flying high. The roles were reversed — we were in first position, and Manchester City were far behind us. Now, everything is totally different. We began the campaign poorly, and although we’ve since picked up the pieces, it appears a little too late a move.
City currently stay 16 points ahead of us, and 13 ahead of 2nd placed Manchester United. There are still a lot of fixtures to go, but so far, it’s hard to believe anyone can catch them. At least, not with the way they’re playing.
It’s sad to know we’re languishing in 3rd, but then, you have to admit that City have been brilliant. And while we haven’t been totally awful, we have not been our 2016/17 selves, and the reality check couldn’t have come any sooner.
Winning the league last season with relative ease seemed to have given the lads some comfort and confidence in their performances. They soft-pedaled, and now, the consequence shows.
The Chelsea board also seems to have lost knowledge of the importance of continuing to build regardless of whatever success you achieve. Obviously they felt we would be okay without the players Conte earmarked, but sadly, it’s the reverse that has played out. If we hadn’t missed out on certain players, and went for the very best, we’d probably be hot on the heels of the current leaders. The good thing is everything is playing out early enough, so we all learn, and take better decisions in future. The January transfer window isn’t far from opening officially. Even though it’s difficult to find the best around that time, it would be fine to get a few more additions.
The UEFA Champions League resumes in a matter of weeks. We’ll be taking on Barcelona next, and we’ll need to be very prepared to take them on, if we truly want to win. Getting some proper additions would be a good way to prepare for that fixture.
The other positive to our present struggle is that we’ll now have to take other competitions seriously, seeing as we have a better chance at winning them than the league. So yes, it does look bad at the moment, but on a second thought, it’s probably a blessing in disguise for us, knowing that the board will be forced to go all out in the transfer market at the end of the season.