The London club is going through a negative streak that threatens the team with ruining its entire season
The current Premier League champion, Chelsea FC, is going through a turbulent period that has left it out of the fight to revalidate its first division title, which can lead to its elimination in the UEFA Champions League.
A bad run of results has caused the London club to sink to the fourth position of the league, has been eliminated in the semifinals of the League Cup at the hands of Arsenal, and is reduced to its crucial match against FC Barcelona by the eighth finals of the highest European club competition, but which factors have led Chelsea to this current crisis?
Chelsea Divorce - Conte
The Italian coach, who knew how to take Chelsea to the League Championship 2016-2017, has faced a sudden break in his personal relationships with the directors and players of the club.
English media claim that Abramovich is thinking of the Spanish Luis Enrique to replace Conte, who is unconcerned about this situation. "I work every day and I give 102%. If this is enough, ok, but anyway the club is free to make a decision, I'm not worried”, Conte said in statements to the English media.
There is no control
The policy of signings of the "Blues" is a topic of discussion in the offices of the club. Conte has expressed, on some occasions, that they do not have full control of the players' signings and that the club registers players without consulting him and his needs.
"Since summer, the club has decided on each player, different situations have occurred, sometimes I have an impact on them and sometimes I do not have a big impact on the transfer market," Conte said.
Abramovich, on the other hand, decided to hire the English player Ross Barkley, the Frenchman Olivier Giroud, and the Brazilian Emerson Palmieri. There are still several games to determine if these were the signings that Chelsea and Conte needed.
A weak team?
The crisis of Chelsea does not differentiate the scenario, because the London team does not find stability neither in Stamford Bridge nor in any other land of game. Chelsea have been beaten in recent times at home and as visitor, something unusual for the team of the Russian billionaire.
Of the last ten games, Chelsea has won just two and has been the victim of major defeats such as the 3-0 defeat by Bournemouth on January 31 at Stamford Bridge on 4 to 1 given by Watford last 5 of February on Vicarage Road.
Chelsea FC, a club that had been on the lookout due to its exceptional past season, has seen how their level of play, their options in different competitions, and their work environment have collapsed with the crisis and the negative streak of results.
The club hopes to get out of this situation, to overcome the fifth round of the FA Cup where it will face Hull City, and to overcome the Champions League crossover against FC Barcelona, which arrives in total tune to end any illusion of the English club. The "Blues" are in free fall, but the Champions League may be the parachute they need.
Latin American Post | Javier Aldana
Translated from "El Chelsea en caída libre"