My view on Chelsea’s recent Slump
The defending champions Chelsea have had a fine season in the league but now they find themselves out of the title race and in a critical position where they can drop out of the Champions League place any week. Chelsea started the season away at Burnley where they lost 3-2 and got Gary Cahill sent off in just 14 minutes and Cesc Fabregas in 81st minute. However the match did bring some positive hopes as their star signing Alvaro Morata shone in that match. Chelsea put up a strong run after that match in the League as well as in the Champions League with their only next defeat coming against the current league leaders Manchester City on 30th September. The following League match saw Crystal Palace beat the Blues 2-1 at Selhurst Park. Chelsea beat bitter rivals Manchester United 1-0 on 5th November with Alvaro Morata grabbing the winner.
Chelsea possess a star-studded team and their recent slump comes to everybody as a shock. Despite Alvaro Morata scoring some important goals for them he has not been a reliable man upfront due to his inconsistent form and injuries. Chelsea signed Olivier Giroud from Arsenal in the January transfer window for 18 million£. The arrival of Giroud meant that Michy Batchuayi completed his awaited move to Borrussia Dortmund. With Morata’s inconsistent form and Giroud not well settled into the team, Conte is playing Eden Hazard up front who has had a fruitful season playing in a new role behind the striker.
Chelsea 0-3 Bournemouth
Conte gave Ross Barkley his first start in Chelsea shirt against Bournemouth. Conte deployed Eden hazard in the striking role again for this match. Chelsea got 21 shots in the match but still could not manage to score a goal. There does not seem any problem in the goal creating department for Chelsea. But their finishing certainly needs some improvements. As Giroud settles into the team, we may see more ruthless side from the Blues but matches come thick and fast in England and Conte does not have much time. Wilson (51), Stanislas (64) and Nathan Ake (67) scored the goals for Bournemouth. The Blues inability to finish certainly has hit the entire teams’ confidence level.
Watford 4-1 Chelsea
The early exchanges in the match went Watford’s way as they had a penalty appeal and an under hit pass from Bakayoko nearly put Gerard Deulofeu on goal. Bakayoko got his first booking in the match in 25th minute fouling Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue. Five minutes later he got his marching orders for a foul on Richarlison. The end of the half saw Thiabut Courtious fouling Deulofeu inside in box. The result of which penalty was confidently converted by Troy Deeney. Conte turned to Olivier Giroud for a comeback and Chelsea had a better game as the striker came on for Pedro. Eden Hazard pulled one back for the Blues on 82 minutes. On 84 minutes, Blues hearts were broken as Daryl Janmaat scored past the Chelsea shot stopper. Watford doubled their lead in the 88th minute through their loan signing Gerard Deulofeu. Giroud came close to scoring in the later stages of the match but was denied. Robert Pereyra put icing on the cake for the Hornets in stoppage time with another goal assuring a remarkable and memorable win over Chelsea.
The recent slump in form must be making the manager head scratching about his future and he needs to change the tides quickly if he wishes to stay as the Chelsea boss. Olivier Giroud is certainly someone Conte has to turn to now. He could turn out to be the missing jigsaw in the puzzle. With that Eden Hazard shall be playing behind the striker and in a more comfortable position.