Originally Posted by the shah
chelsea again showing why they're mediocre and last year was a fluke and half
Well allow me to disagree with part of this.
Chelsea winning the CL last year was not a fluke. Actually the fact that they did not win the CL until last year was a bit of a fluke. If Terry had not slipped when taking the penalty in Moscow, if Chelsea had been given the multiple penalties that should have been called against Barca a few years back when Barca stole the match in the 92nd min, on and on.
A lot of clubs have sob stories, but Chelsea also have one of the best overall CL records in the last decade or so. And as for last year, they wanted it more than anyone else and that is how they played.
But Chelsea were horrible today. They deservedly lost, and based on what I saw do not deserve to go into the knockout stage. Juve and Shaktar are vastly better than this Chelsea.
So what is wrong with Chelsea? The main problem is that this is almost an entirely new team than the one that wore blue since say 2004. They will take time to gel and to find team leaders, and while that is happening they are going to get hammered by quality teams that have played together longer. But generally speaking Chelsea have the right players.
The striker position is the obvious weakness and that can be solved, assuming Falcao is willing to play in the Europa League for at least the rest of this year. Fellaini would be a boost as well.
The bigger question is whether RDM is the right manager at this point. I don't like throwing managers overboard every week, and Chelsea are the worst about that. But I don't see him getting the best (or even adequate) performance out of this incredibly talented group of individuals.
The only certain thing is that Roman is boiling right now.