As Chelsea football club look to get their season started after a disastrous start to the 2015-2016 season we look at four things the manager should do in order to kick start their season.
1. Resolve internal conflicts.
The Chelsea camp isn’t a happy one at the moment and it doesn’t take extra ordinary powers to see that. Though blaming it squarely for the poor form of the Blues is unreasonable but the recent disagreement between Chelsea manager and the medical staff hasn’t helped out either.
Situations as such usually bring about instability and negative atmosphere in the club’s camp. Mourinho replaced his matchday medical staffs after the game against Swansea City which lead to tension with staffs and criticism from individuals outside the club and the issue has been dragging on which isn’t good for the overall balance and working environment of the club.
It has been reported that Jose is willing to recall demoted club physio Jon Fearn back to the matchday squad. While Eva Caneiro has since left the club, recalling Jon Fearn should go a long way in fixing and creating a positive atmosphere in the club’s dressing room.
2. Drop Branislav Ivanovic.
Although injured and likely to miss the game against Aston Villa – if he fails a late fitness test, the Serbian international has been in poor form this season and has had a torrid time facing wingers.
Ivanovic was voted best right back in the league last season but since then, he has lost all his touch and seems to have forgotten how to play football. Majority of the goals the Blues have conceded this season have come through the right flank.
This is not to put the blame solely on Ivanovic as the whole squad needs to improve against Aston Villa but the Serbian international doesn’t look like returning to the form that saw him make the PFA team last year. A spell on the bench should do a lot to help the 31year old.
3. Retain John Terry in the starting line up.
John Terry who is one of the few survivors as Chelsea transited to a new generation of players has been dropped on more than two occasions this season.
The former England international was dropped as Chelsea manager opted to play his defence line higher up the pitch and this doesn’t suit Terry who is 34 years old.
Regardless of this, the Blues need their ever present captain on the pitch if they are going to successfully turn their season around.
Terry who has spent his entire career with the West London club is a legend and leader of the team. Putting Terry on the pitch will give the other players a sense of security while playing and would also shore up their leaking defence.
In terms of quality, the former England international is the best the Blues have got. The experience, quality and Leadership skills of the captain will be needed if Jose Mourinho’s side want to get their season started.
4. Introduce Ruben Loftus Cheek into the starting xi.
The 19 year old is touted as one of the brightest young talents in England. The U21 international has been on the fringe of the blues first team since last season and made his debut against Liverpool after they were crowned champions.
The young midfielder had been described as the most ready of all the clubs youngsters and has impressed when called upon but it is time the player is given the responsibility in full.
With the poor form of Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic, the Blues will do well by introducing the youngster who will be hungry and ready to impress.
Mourinho stated after the Southampton game last week that if everything go as planned Loftus-cheek will be in line to start against Aston Villa and would be given a run of games to impress, and indeed that is what the youngster truly needs and could save the club huge sum of money in getting a midfielder just like Coquelin did for Arsenal.