Another November league fixture, another disappointing result. It’s an all too familiar plight for Chelsea FC fans.
But while some critics may be skeptical of the job done by first-year Blues manager Roberto Di Matteo, owner Roman Abramovich would be wise to remain faithful.
However, nobody could really blame him if he were to have any doubts.
It’s a disappointing turn of events for a club that not too long ago sat atop the league table, four points clear of second place. Now, the Blues stand four points clear of sixth.
Ironically, it’s this same stretch of fixtures that has gotten the best of the club over the last couple of years.
In 2010, the Blues began their league campaign 8-1-1 before slumping to a 1-3-1 mark in five November league fixtures.
2011 was much of the same, as the club began with a 10-2-2 record in all competitions before a November stretch of 2-3-1 served as the catalyst of a midseason disaster.
This season, Chelsea got off to a near-flawless league start at 7-0-1 before going winless in four November league contests thus far at 0-2-2.
The way November has abused the Blues as of late makes you wonder when the club will be demanding for the FA to launch an investigation.
Whatever the case may be, Chelsea are still in the thick of things. However, two crucial matchups—against Juventus on Tuesday in the Champions League and Manchester City on Saturday in the league—provide two early must-win games for the club.
Losing one could prove costly. Losing both could threaten to derail the entire season.
Luckily for the Blues, it’s not too late for the Blues to turn this slump around.
Here are three reasons why Di Matteo should remain at the helm at Stamford Bridge.