3rd May 2015. Eden Hazard scores in a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge under the watchful eyes of millions worldwide and at the ground. This win sent Chelsea 16 points clear of second-placed Arsenal, with the Gunners left with only 5 games remaining. Chelsea had won the Premier League with 5 weeks to spare.
An incredible season, with Hazard named PFA Player of the Year and Premier League Player of the Season, and Jose Mourinho named Premier League Manager of the Season. Chelsea also had 6 representatives in the PFA Team of the Year (Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Nemanja Matic, Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry and Gary Cahill).
They were unstoppable…
Fast-forward six months, 8th November 2015. Another poor showing, this time at the Britannia. Chelsea went down 1-0 to Stoke courtesy of an acrobatic Arnautovic effort in the second half. While manager Mourinho was serving a touchline ban, the League holders slumped to their seventh loss of the campaign. Last season, Chelsea suffered only 3 losses in 38 games.
Chelsea’s only wins this season have come against West Brom (Away; 3-2), a 9-man Arsenal (Home; 2-0) and Aston Villa (Home; 2-0). Stamford Bridge is no longer a fortress for Chelsea, in the six games played there this term Chelsea have only won two (as mentioned above; W2 D1 L3). “Safe” games no longer exist for Chelsea, with somewhat surprising losses to Crystal Palace (Home; 2-1), Southampton (Home; 3-1), West Ham (Away; 2-1) and more recently Stoke (Away; 1-0).
Last season, Chelsea were undefeated at home (P19: W15 D4).
The usual suspects have not been performing, some suggesting their form, attitude and execution is at a lower level than last season. Diego Costa has been a firecracker of late, and with only two goals to his name he has not been a positive for the Blues. Pedro has not scored since his debut against West Brom, Falcao has failed to impress and Eden Hazard has spent some time on the bench after a run of poor form to start the season. Cesc Fabregas only has one assist to his name for the entire season to date, and to make matters worse their first-choice ‘keeper in Thibaut Courtois has been sidelined for most of the season so far with a serious knee injury (due back 9th December).
What exactly has gone wrong for Chelsea?
Their start to the campaign has been one of the worst by a Championship-winning team in the Premier League (11pts – P12 W3 D2 L7) and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. Rumours of player unrest and tension throughout the club are surfacing amidst all the on-field chaos, and fans of fellow PL teams are ceasing the opportunity to taunt the club and its fans following their shockingly and surprisingly woeful campaign to date. We close this article with some records that no doubt Chelsea do not want to have.
- For the first time in 16 years, Chelsea have lost three consecutive Premier League games
- It is the first time Jose Mourinho has lost seven league games in one campaign
- The last time Chelsea started their season this badly, they were relegated
- 12 weeks into last season, Chelsea were sitting pretty at the top of the league with 32 points (W10 D2) – a 21-point turnaround to now