If ever the term meteoric is to be used in the EPL this season it has to be for Chelsea. Well I guess never even in their wildest nightmares would the Stamford Bridge faithful have thought of such a start to the season. Recording just 4 wins this season till now with just a notable home win against the Gunners at Stamford Bridge Blues have actually been terrible on the road. Winning against West Brom following a memorable Pedro debut and a penalty save by Courtois have registered their only away win till now this season. Starting with City, their defense has not been at all been up to the mark with The Toffees, Saints, Liverpool each pumping in 3 goals. Their home form is slightly better though it can be easily termed pathetic by the standards set by them only last season. Eden Hazard is just a shadow of his previous season which saw him win PFA Player of the Year. Rumors of his rift with the Chosen One also did its rounds as Hazard wanting to play the No 10 role has been used primarily as a left wing by Mourinho. A 2-0 victory over the Gunners following the infamous Gabriel sending off sparked by a Costa dramatic can be pointed out as high point of the Blues home run this season.
Champion’s League Blues for Mourinho:
Given Chelsea’s form this season it can quiet bluntly be said that they have been lucky to have be placed in one of the easier groups although in a competition like the UCL no group can actually be termed easy. 2 wins out of 4 with still match vs the whipping boys of Group G Maccabi Tel Aviv in hand the Blues along with Porto are still the best bets to qualify from the group in the knock-out stages. However Mourinho’ return to native was not a good one losing 2-1 at the Estadio do Dragao. A big victory at Israel and one eye on the proceedings at Porto, Mourinho might just get a chance to redeem this season in the UCL given a good domestic season now practically impossible.
What Needs to change and who could be the potential targets for Mourinho and Abrahimovic :
One thing for sure is that Mourinho do have a great squad at his disposal. Abrahimovic has certainly over the years have not shown any lack of interest in case of spending huge sums in order to get the services of the players his coaches have asked for and given the dismal start to the season might trigger a spending spree. But let’s have a look at what money can buy for Chelsea this January.
In Courtois, Chelsea has got the potential goal-keeping star of future besides De Gea. The Belgian is already a star given his performances under the bar for Athletico and with Begovic in the reserves (he has already featured in crunch games for Chelsea) this is one area which any further addition would just be wastage.
Defenders: With a ageing Terry and Gary Cahill Chelsea do have a sturdy centre back combo and in the absence of the Captain Zouma has proved his worth but Chelsea is certainly looking forward to bolster the given the leaky nature of his defense this season. Marquinhos is one certainly within the radar and given he being a backup player currently at PSG behind the Brazillian duo of Thiago Silva and David Luiz a move to Stamford Bridge is highly probable. Conceding 23 goals from 13 matches might also force Abrahimovic to shell out an unprecedented 45+ million for John Stones from Everton. But that move seems unlikely as Stones now forms an integral part of the team and Stones too would certainly look forward to more time on the pitch given the advent of the Euro’s. Ivanovic’s bad start to the season has put him under immense pressure but it is unlikely that Chelsea would let him go since genuine lack of quality right back at the moment that is off course after Danillo signed for Madrid which in turn might force Carvajal for an exit. He however wont surely be cheap. Azpilicueta however being Mourinho’s favorite and also being 26 years of age is there to say.
Midfielders and Wingers:
This is certainly one area where the big money is sure to go in. One look into the Chelsea squad and it is there for all to see how Mourinho and Abrahimovic have left no stones unturned in a creating a enviable pool . A squad which boost of Fabregas, Wllian, Oscar, Ramires Matic, Hazard, Pedro is any coach’s dream but the problem is that all of them seemed to have stuck off-form at the same time. This has actually forced Mourinho to revisit the market once more. Koke is one such name who is definitely high on that list. The Athletico Madrid lynch pin is a class act and is in the wish list of many a big teams with Barca being one of them. Paul Pogba, apart from being Mourinho’s favourite for a long time now has evolved into another class act since leaving Ferguson’ Manchester and would beautifully fit into Mourinho’s double pivot in Fabrega’s absence or off form with Matic. It is however interesting to see what actually pans out finally given the rumours of the 24 million loss abd subsequent selling rumour of the wonder boy Oscar.
One thing for sure is that Chelsea would definitely try to offload Falcao. Not even a shadow of his glory days the Columbian has been a tragedy for Chelsea and has not done anything off late in order to revive his once glorious career. Loic Remy is definitely a good player to have in your squad but playing the lone striker is a tough as. Diego Costa on the other hand is more than capable front man but his never back down attitude is sure to earn him a few cards which now given the serious lack of genuine strikers in Mourinho’s squad will have devastating effects. Aubemeyang will certainly be a dream addition but it is unlikely that Dortmund would let him go. Berahinho is a more realistic option since West Brom are more or less sure of losing the striker and the 22 year old will not be a bad investment. Antoine Griezmann will be another top class marksman who is now in the Blue’s radar for a long time and they might need him the most now.
Given the squad already at Mourinho’s disposal it is really a shock how the season has panned out for them and frankly speaking apart from the front line there is absolutely no need of bolstering anywhere. But the fact that bulk of them have flopped in unison has initiated the need for quality back and will be really interesting to see how deep can Abrahimovic reach down in his wallet in order to revive a faltering season for the Blues.