Chelsea have had some really wonderful years as a football club. We have also tasted the other side of the divide – stared failure in the face, and rose back up.
In 2015/16, we finished 10th; our lowest since the Roman Abramovich era. Then, we bounced back to win the league the next season, but then, 2017/18 was literally a near-replay of 2015/16. We failed to retain the EPL title, and instead, fell to 5th position on the table. Quite some serious challenges, and that’s not even all. If you recall correctly, in 2012, before we lifted the UCL, we stuttered domestically too; and ended up finishing 6th. We have seen it all, yet, I’m not sure it’s been this bad for us.
Following Antonio Conte’s poor defence of the title, everyone expected he would have been sacked by now, and a new manager appointed, however, each new minute only suggests that Chelsea aren’t as close to solving its managerial problems as we think.
With the new league season just about a month away, there’s been no real headway as regards who would be in charge in the coming season. Of course, Maurizio Sarri has been rumoured to be next in line for the Chelsea role, but there’s little evidence to prove that. The said deal has dragged on longer than expected, and it’s a reason for concern for any fan of the club.
This seems to be the most confused the club has been in a really long time. Even more worrisome is how Roman has been silent on everything. It is totally not his style, and I think it’s suggestive of an underlying issue. Could it be true he’s getting disillusioned with life in England, or is he just more prudent with business?
All of these issues have consistently thronged my heart, and I can’t help but think that this might be the most difficult situation the club has ever been in. No coach, no new signings, no organizations – nothing; just updates on the youth and ladies’ teams.
If we do want to be as competitive as we should in the coming season, something has to happen, and really fast because as it stands, hope is not the most common word among Chelsea faithful.