6 Reasons for Chelsea Fans to Keep the Faith

Joe Krishnan@joekrishnanContributor IOctober 21, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Samuel Eto'o of Chelsea celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on October 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Jose Mourinho may be the 'Happy One' after returning to Chelsea in the summer, but there are just a few murmurs of discontent from the stands as the Blues struggle to hit top gear this season.

At home to Cardiff City, the fans would expect the team to stroll home with a comfortable victory. But for the majority of the first half, the Bluebirds were on top and led through Jordan Mutch before Eden Hazard's controversial equaliser.

Only once Mourinho made changes did the Blues look more comfortable up against the opposition and eventually sealed the game with a 4-1 victory. But do the fans want to go through that every time? 

It happened against Norwich too, and only late goals from Hazard and Willian rescued three points against the struggling Canaries. 

Here, I take a look at six reasons why supporters should continue to show their faith in the side, despite their lack of title-winning displays so far this season.


This is Mourinho

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There's a reason why Sir Alex Ferguson, of all managers, respects him so highly. His quest for success never falters, and while his methods are not always met with praise from everybody, the vast majority recognise a winner when they see one. 

The reunion of Mourinho and Chelsea is one made by destiny, and one can't help but feel the end result will either go two ways: domination of the domestic league, and perhaps Europe, or abject failure. Those hoping for the latter may end up disappointed.

Even though the squad of 2004/05's achievements may never be bettered, the current crop of players is arguably better in terms of quality. But the key is team spirit, and that's Mourinho's forte. His man management skills are quite possibly the best in the world, and if anybody can get the best out of his players, it is the 50-year-old coach from Setubal.

We've seen his tactics backfire, but the key to a good manager is recognising mistakes and correcting them. He did that by bringing on Hazard and Willian against Norwich, and both scored to gain three points. He would have been pleased, but never ultimately satisfied. 

What is clear is that we haven't seen the best from Mourinho yet. There is no doubt, however, that we will.



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They may be struggling to get the results but, most importantly, they are getting the results. If Chelsea are second in the table and grinding along in second gear, who knows what they can do once they hit top form?

Considering Mourinho is just eight games into his reign, six wins from those opening games is not a bad return. Obviously, the disappointment from their shock 2-1 home defeat to Basel was felt all around the club, and rightly so; it was their first home defeat in the group stage in over 10 years.

But there is a sense that Chelsea can improve, and with players like Juan Mata and Fernando Torres yet to show their best form, it's a timely reminder that there are still improvements to be made, which can only be a good thing.


Rivals' Failings

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Aside from Arsenal's fantastic start to the season, Chelsea will be pleased to see teams failing to get the results expected of them. Manchester United have already lost three times this season and dropped points at home to high-flying Southampton with a 1-1 draw.

Manchester City cruised to a 3-1 win over West Ham, but their away form had been previously poor, with two 3-2 defeats at the hands of Aston Villa and Cardiff. As for Liverpool, their great start appears to be fading, and as for Tottenham, it could be a while until their host of signings finally jells.

As long as they continue to get the results, with Manchester City up next, Mourinho's men will stay close to the top of the table. And right now, that's all the fans can ask for.


Oscar the Shining Light

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The speculation regarding Juan Mata early in the season seemed to affect the little Spaniard as he sat on the bench. But one player in particular who benefited from the uncertainty was Brazilian starlet Oscar.

The 22-year-old (yes, he's still only 22) has flourished under Mourinho, scoring some wonderful goals in the blue shirt this season and is on top of the club's standings with five goals in 11 games.

He's taken his chance and has established himself as a key player, creating chances out of nothing when his side are struggling to muster an opening. His goal against Cardiff at the weekend—a 25-yard piledriver in off the crossbar—epitomised his ability to produce a moment of magic from nothing. 


The Strikers Will Come Good

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As Samuel Eto'o proved on Saturday, all a striker ever needs is faith from his manager. Mourinho is always going to be one who places confidence in his players, but equally, he demands a similar amount of respect in return. Eto'o realised he needed to do more, worked hard on the training ground and, as a result, was superb against Cardiff.

Torres may be taking his time to adapt to yet another manager, but the signs of improvement were there, certainly against Tottenham. The passion he played with, the hunger to get the ball and dribble with confidence, he looked like the 'old Torres', before being sent off.

Demba Ba may find it difficult to return to the side, though. Mourinho is reported to be looking to sign another striker, per The Daily Mail, which surely means the Senegalese striker will be the man to be sacrificed. His performance was encouraging against Norwich, but Ba missed a golden chance to make the result comfortable, much to Mourinho's annoyance, and it seems to be a matter of time before he is shown the door.


The Future is Bright

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Marco van Ginkel was unfortunate enough to suffer a serious injury in his career, but the fans know the club have enough talent in the squad to fill the Dutchman's place.

Josh McEachran and Nathaniel Chalobah were sent out on loan, as well as George Saville and Oriol Romeu, but the endless supply of promising youngsters at Chelsea is staggering. There's 18-year-old starlet Lewis Baker, highly regarded amongst the youth setup at Stamford Bridge, who is on the fringes of the first team, as well as Czech defender Tomas Kalas.

The abundance of senior quality in the squad is amazing enough for the Blues fans to enjoy, but the youngsters coming through shows that Chelsea are heading in the right direction.