One win from five, sitting 17th in the Premier League table, and with 12 goals conceded. That’s just three less than Chelsea conceded in the whole of Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge, back in 2004/05. Alarm bells? You bet. Game over? Not by a long shot.
Things are looking pretty bleak round Stamford Bridge these days, but is there anything more stimulating for both manager and players than a home game against Arsenal. The Blues are sorely in need of a swift kick up the Luis Garcia, and the idea of Arsene Wenger’s side besting a Mourinho Chelsea for the first time ever in the league will surely do just that.
If Eden Hazard wants to be the best, then we’ll need a few more Koscielny-killing bursts down the throat of the Arsenal backline on Saturday. If Branislav Ivanovic wants to get back to being the best right-back in the league, he’ll have to bully Mesut Ozil into a quick submission, something he’s more than capable of. And if Cesc Fabragas doesn’t want to get comprehensively dropped, he’ll have to remind both sets of fans of the outstanding abilities that made him such a match-winner during his two spells across London.
“Saturday is a big match, it’s a great rival. This result can put us in a better situation. We had too many bad results. We couldn’t have this one on top of it”, said Mourinho ahead of the match. The message is pretty clear. The Premier League champions cannot afford to lose any more ground on Manchester City, and the fightback – in the league – starts now.
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