With Manchester City playing Liverpool this weekend, Chelsea have the opportunity to gain points on the league leaders as they face Norwich City on Saturday. Or at least gain some momentum.
The Blues will play host to the Canaries, just days after the conclusion of international break. Though no result is considered a given for the Blues, Mourinho should consider Saturday an opportunity to regain ground, while hoping to get his team on track.
Chelsea’s poor start to the season has been well-documented, losing 7 of their opening 12 matches. Teams have discovered the frailties throughout Mourinho’s squad and have done quite a good job of exposing them.
Similarly, Norwich enter the match just one place above Chelsea, winning just 1 of their last 5 matches. However, their manager Alex Neil did help the Canaries engineer a 1-0 victory against Swansea City. This was just their first win since September 12. Therefore, both teams are struggling for form as they prepare for Saturday.
That being said, there are several positive signs for Chelsea to consider going into the weekend. Asmir Begovic has been more than a qualified replacement for Courtois. Despite Chelsea’s poor results, the Belgian shotstopper hasn’t been missed as much as one would expect.
Furthermore, Zouma has more than established himself as a key member in Mourinho’s squad. The Frenchman has shown even more improvement this season, proving his importance to the squad. His versatility has been a major reason for success. The 20-year-old has the ability to play in all Chelsea’s defensive positions, along with deep in the midfield.
It’s also important to mention that Willian has been Chelsea’s best player this season. The Brazilian has taken on the burden of the Blues struggling attackers, and done his best to carry the team. Though, he’s been working hard, he could do with some help from his teammates.
While Manchester City have been majorly impressive during this campaign, it is important to note that they dropped two points against Aston Villa during their last match. Liverpool has only lost one game under Jurgen Klopp. It should be an interesting match at least, and if Chelsea do their bit against Norwich, it could help them move closer.
However, it’s important to note that Chelsea are for the most part out of the title race. They would better off focusing on taking each match at a time, hoping to gain the most out of each fixture. This will allow them to subtly improving their individual form and hope to make a run for a top 4 finish.
Overall, good form has to start somewhere. A win on Saturday will help to restore some confidence. This is something Chelsea can build on. It has to start somewhere, why not this weekend against Norwich?