Chelsea have experienced their worst start to a league season since 1988. Having already lost four matches in all competitions, there can be no denying that Jose Mourinho is under severe pressure.
It’s hard to believe that the same Chelsea team so convincingly won the Premier League title in May. The hunger and determination which brought them over the line last season, it seems to have just to vanished into thin air.
Off the pitch, Chelsea failed to strengthen their squad during the summer transfer window. There seems to be some kind of financial restriction, which could be down to an expensive stadium redevelopment. Any new manager would have to work with exactly the same budget.
Is there actually an upgrade on Mourinho available right now? Surely the Chelsea board have already asked themselves that question, but many believe the answer is no.
Carlo Ancelotti, arguably the one manager on par with Mourinho in terms of experience, would definitely not return. Pep Guardiola looks destined to take over at Manchester City in the near future, and Jürgen Klopp does not fancy the job at Stamford Bridge.
While I believe Mourinho’s position should not be questioned, he is partly responsible for this slump and it is his job to fix it.
His stubbornness could ultimately cost him his job. He needs to put loyalty aside and do what is best for the team – drop his underperforming players, Branislav Ivanovic in particular.
Chelsea fans are bewildered by the sight of him leading out their team in the absence of captain John Terry, who many believe has been unfairly treated. The right-back has been responsible for 11 of the 17 goals conceded this campaign, which is a worrying trend.
Cesc Fabregas has also been a big disappointment. He lacks defensive ability and should not be played next to Nemanja Matic, who has clearly been affected by his midfield partner’s poor performances.
Mourinho needs to be brave and get it right quickly. Qualifying for the Champions League must be the main objective right now. Failing to do so could bring an end to his love story with Chelsea Football Club.