Why Antonio Conte’s Chelsea are struggling already this season

If you’re a Chelsea fan, you probably enjoyed the EFL Cup win over Leicester City on Tuesday evening. After all, it was the first win for nearly a month and for the Blues, it was much more than just going into the next round.

They haven’t looked at all cohesive over the past couple of weeks and if anything, they look a little disjointed throughout the whole team. We saw the frustrations really come to light in the defeat to Liverpool last Friday but thanks to a Cesc Fabregas brace, things are looking just a little better going forward.

But with a long season ahead, should Chelsea supporters be worried about a slightly slow start? With Manchester City showing no signs of slowing up and plenty of other sides starting well domestically, Chelsea will have to start picking things up sooner rather than later.

So with that in mind, here are three┬áreasons why the Blues are struggling at an early point this season…

Better opponents are already proving a stumbling block


In all fairness, all of Chelsea’s three Premier League wins of the season have come against teams that finished below them last season. West Ham have started horrendously whilst wins against newly-promoted Burnley and Watford aren’t going to set the world on fire, with all due respect.

But in their game against Liverpool, Chelsea didn’t look great in large spells and their shortcomings made Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool look very good indeed. The didn’t close down very well and apart from when they began to rally, it was all a bit tepid from the Blues.

If title rivals are going to continue to be a problem, they haven’t got a chance of challenging come the end of the season.

There doesn’t seem to be a gameplan


Most football fans know Antonio Conte pretty well from his time in Italy but at Chelsea, he doesn’t seem to have brought many of his philosophies along with him. We’re yet to await that much-anticipated three-at-the-back formation that we expected to see and the quick, sharp battling hasn’t really been there yet either.

We knew how Liverpool would go about the game at the Bridge last week and Chelsea didn’t really seem to have an answer as Liverpool hassled and harried. Admittedly, Conte hasn’t really been there for a long time just yet but this is a results business and he needs to start getting his ideas across as quickly as possible.

Old flames aren’t looking great at all


Whilst there has been heavy investment this summer, some of Chelsea’s old guard have looked seriously lethargic at times this season. Main culprits seem to be the likes of Azpilicueta and Matic, with stand-in captain Branislav Ivanovic also struggling to keep up with the pace of opponents.

Whether its a case of needing to reinvest again or just for them to get used to new tactics, something needs to give. Chelsea can’t lose many more games at home this campaign if they are to challenge and things need to tighten up all over the pitch.