Despite Jose Mourinho receiving the confidence and backup of the Chelsea management board after leading the side to their worst ever EPL start in many years, it is pertinent to know that the team can’t afford to continue on this poor run after the resumption of the international break. 8 points out of a possible 24, and 10 points behind leaders Manchester City, Chelsea’s chances of retaining the title is already in shambles, and with Mourinho already giving up on that and targeting a top 4 position, making these 5 changes to the squad could be all that is needed to revert the Blues’ woes
The 31 year-old has been poor by all standard, and Mourinho’s choice to keep him in the starting lineup for all the 8 League games thus far puzzles many. The coach has come up with the excuse of height and need of it to defend set pieces, but the Serbian skipper has been consistently poor. Baba Rahman should be given the chance to prove himself like he did against Maccabi Tel Aviv.
A NEW CENTRAL DEFENCE
The pairing of John Terry and Garry Cahill that used to solid rock is definitely gone with last season, and even the decision to pair Cahill with Zouma hasn’t yielded much. It could be time to see how new signing, Papy Djilobodji will fair with any of Zouma and Cahill.
A NEW MIDFIELD PAIRING
Fabregas and Matic were the men last season. But not any longer, the chemistry has dwindled due to the drop in form of both players.
Loftus-Cheek has impressed in the little minutes he has been afforded, and with the coach suggesting he is likely to get the starting nod hence, his pairing with Cesc or Traore could be what Chelsea’s midfield needs right now.
A TWEAK IN ATTACK
PFA player of the last season, Eden Hazard is a shadow of the same player Mourinho placed on same level with Ronaldo last season. After having played all games last season without being ever substituted, limited appearance might just help him out this season, with Kenedy given a chance to lead the attack.
REMY GIVEN MORE CHANCES
Costa remains Chelsea’s first choice forward, due to his built and aggressive style of play. But injury concerns and bans will always be issues. Loic Remy should get the nod ahead of Falcao to start, and should also get his chances to start in place of Costa once in a while.
30 games are enough for Mourinho and the team to salvage points that will put them in top 4, or surprisingly win the League if they win all 30, which is not the easiest of feats. But whatever will happen by May will be decided once the break ends.