Three reasons why Chelsea can finish in the top four this season
Iqbal Johal explains why Chelsea are more than capable of climbing up the table to seal a top-four finish this season
To say it has been a disastrous start to the season for champions Chelsea, would be a slight understatement.
The Blues are currently 15th after 13 Premier League matches, 14 points from top and 12 off a Champions League spot. They have made their worst start to a season for 37 years and the worst defence of a Premier League since Blackburn in 1995.
Despite all this, the narrow victory over Norwich gives Jose Mourinho’s men something to build on and here are three reasons why they can still make the top four.
The Mourinho factor
Some have argued that Mourinho has lost the dressing room, which has led to their dismal start, and the incident with club doctor with Eva Carneiro certainly hasn’t helped matters. But there is no doubting that the 52-year-old is one of the world’s best managers and if anyone can get a team back into form, then surely he is the man. The fans are still clearly very much behind Mourinho and quite frankly there isn’t anyone available who would be a suitable replacement. We should still remember that Mourinho is a tactical mastermind as demonstrated countless times last season, and with a CV to boast, he is the only man to lead Chelsea.
A world-class squad
It’s easy to forget that this is virtually the same side that won the title last season. True, many players have been hopelessly short of the highs from last season but there is world-class talent waiting to be displayed on a weekly basis again. Eden Hazard and Diego Costa were two of the best players in the league last term and while this season hasn’t clicked for them yet, it can only be a matter of time before they show the world what they are capable of once more. Then you have the likes of John Terry, Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Thibaut Courtois – due to return in December. There is no reason why Chelsea can’t go on a winning streak to emulate least season’s highs.
A generous run of fixtures
Looking at Chelsea’s next 10 fixtures, there is a great chance for seven or eight wins to really get them back in the hunt for a top four. It can only take a couple of narrow results to go your way to turn a season on its head. Other than tough clashes with Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal – games not out of Chelsea’s reach – the other fixtures include relegation-threatened teams such as Bournemouth, Watford, Sunderland and West Brom. It is hard to predict which Chelsea side will turn up this season but after these run of fixtures, it will become clear if there is more to Chelsea’s poor start to the season.