7 Most Frustrating Things About Being a Chelsea Fan Right Now

Garry Hayes@@garryhayesFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2015

7 Most Frustrating Things About Being a Chelsea Fan Right Now

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    The mood has changed at Chelsea this week.

    With the capture of Baba Rahman and Pedro, Chelsea's poor start to the season has been given the jolt it needed.

    Suddenly, the headlines surrounding manager Jose Mourinho's team are looking more positive, especially given the circumstances surrounding Pedro's move from Barcelona.

    Off the pitch, at least, the club's mojo has returned.

    It's not all hunky dory, of course. Chelsea may well be champions, but they're already off the pace in the title race and need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

    That starts with a trip to West Bromwich Albion this weekend, where nothing but three points will be enough to placate the fears that back-to-back titles may not be possible.

    Then there's the ongoing transfer sagas elsewhere and Mourinho's ability to embroil himself in controversy.

    Even when your team are the reigning Premier League champions, things can get frustrating.

    Join Bleacher Report as we look at some things that will grate with Blues supporters.

Medical Attention

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    Jose Mourinho made an interesting point in his press conference ahead of the trip to West Bromwich Albion this weekend.

    The hyperbole surrounding the Chelsea boss' relationship with his medical staff has calmed down somewhat, but he was still being asked questions about Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn.

    "I'm very unique," was his response, explaining that he is one of just a few managers who must also respond to questions about his backroom staff as much as he does his players.

    Mourinho may have been wrong in the way he reacted to Eden Hazard receiving treatment against Swansea City, but he's right in this instance.

    When the spat between Mourinho, Fearn and Carneiro first escalated on the back of the Swansea game, it was newsworthy simply because it was Chelsea. They're the Premier League champions, the manager's a big figure in English football, so there's always going to be open scrutiny, regardless.

    For it to have dragged on for the better part of a week ahead of the Manchester City game was over-egging it, though. A week after that defeat, the story shouldn't even be on the agenda.

    It's becoming farcical now and it needs to be dropped.

    Chelsea will have medical staff on the bench to care for any injured players at the Hawthorns. Who those staff members are shouldn't be a matter for the media to debate.

Jose Mourinho's Ability to Court Controversy

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    It's one of the many reasons Mourinho has such a high profile—the media and fans alike enjoy the Chelsea boss for being the outspoken, unapologetic character that he is.

    He brings entertainment; plenty of it.

    If he has something to say, the Chelsea boss rarely holds back the punches. He's the proverbial bull in a china shop, acting with little concern for what his actions may bring.

    For the most part, he's actually right with his approach to protect his players and the club.

    There are times when things can be pushed too far, though. And when it happens, it brings a negative focus on Chelsea which is unnecessary.

    The recent issue with the medical team could have been handled better, for instance. As too could have been his criticism of Chelsea fans and the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge.

    We're so early into the campaign, and Chelsea have already been the focus of so much negativity, which isn't helpful. It's heightened the criticism of the club and, in so doing, amplified what's been a poor start to 2015/16.

    The past fortnight or so has been more about the soap opera than football.

Juan Cuadrado

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    It's been eight months since Juan Cuadrado joined Chelsea, and in that time, he has offered nothing. Zilch.

    He is representative of a transfer window gone bad—one that has spilled over into this summer.

    Cuadrado was signed with a view to giving Chelsea much more width than they have, with a view to him challenging Willian on the right.

    He's done neither and is instead looking a very expensive mistake.

    Had Chelsea not signed him, Mourinho would have signed another wide man much earlier this summer.

    The club wouldn't be rushing around near the end of the window, attempting to fill the gaps in their squad that should have been filled a long time ago.

    Had Cuadrado not signed, Chelsea may well have Andre Schurrle still at Stamford Bridge, also.

    Schurrle wasn't in the same bracket as the likes of Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, yet he was still reliable and gave Chelsea options.

    With Cuadrado, he's wasted a space in the squad, and the money invested in him has restricted Chelsea elsewhere in the transfer market.

    The sooner he leaves, the better.

Lack of Activity in the Transfer Market

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    Following on from our Juan Cuadrado slide, Chelsea haven't done enough in the summer transfer window.

    Signing Baba Rahman and Pedro this week has glossed over that fact.

    Chelsea are still light in defence, with their pursuit of John Stones dragging on. There are also concerns in midfield, where Chelsea have looked lightweight in big matches.

    Through not being proactive, it means the deadwood remains, too.

    We've discussed Cuadrado, but John Obi Mikel and Ramires are still in Mourinho's squad.

    That trio have shown they're not up to standard, and by being in the squad, they are a drain on the wage bill and also block the pathway for some of the younger players such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

    It's widely accepted that Chelsea's slick approach last summer put them ahead of their rivals in the title race, but this year they have been slow off the mark.

    It means we're not totally sure what to expect from the champions, which shouldn't be the case.

No Win Since June

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    OK, Chelsea played two friendlies at the end of 2014/15 and were on holiday for much of June and July.

    So in terms of backdating, not winning a match since June 2 isn't as bad as it looks on paper.

    Not winning a match all pre-season and in the opening two games of 2015/16 is a concern, though.

    We hear that pre-season is more about match practice and fitness than anything, but Chelsea's poor form from their trip to U.S. has carried over into the Premier League.

    They've looked off the pace, and performances haven't been what they should be. They haven't looked prepared, meaning those pre-season efforts weren't good enough in getting them where they need to be.

    Indeed, the manner of defeat to Manchester City was arguably more disappointing than the scoreline.

    We're expecting things to pick up in the coming weeks, but every day that passes without a Chelsea win will be a major source of frustration.

We Thought the Kids Were Alright

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    What's happened to the growing number of talented youngsters at Chelsea?

    Look at the first-team squad, and the numbers are no different than what we saw last season, with experienced professionals taking up the majority of places.

    The likes of Dominic Solanke, Izzy Brown, Patrick Bamford, Andreas Christensen, Nathan Ake and Lewis Baker are all out on loan.

    For 17-year-old Solanke, that makes sense. He needs to experience football away from Chelsea's development teams.

    Where others are concerned, though, it's disappointing.

    As we've mentioned, it hasn't been a busy summer in terms of new signings at Stamford Bridge, which would have been made more positive by promoting some young talent.

    But even when Chelsea aren't spending lavishly, the youngsters aren't getting a chance, it seems.

    There's a sense their time will come, yet it remains a point of frustration that more faith isn't being shown in the Chelsea academy that has won back-to-back FA Youth Cups and was last season crowned European champions.

The Stamford Bridge Atmosphere

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    We've mentioned how Mourinho criticised Chelsea fans for the lack of atmosphere at Stamford Bridge last season.

    Ever since then, the manger's words have been used as a stick to beat them with by opposition fans.

    For all the frustration that has caused, the manager has a valid point.

    Something must change at Stamford Bridge to improve the atmosphere, as for most games, it leaves much to be desired.

    When the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United visit, it isn't a concern—the stadium is in full voice, and it ranks among the best in the Premier League.

    The issue is when Chelsea face the so-called lesser teams, when victories are as much expected as they are desired.

    Some sections of the support have made efforts to remedy this. There have been campaigns among fans in the Shed End and elsewhere, but it's still not what many would expect.

    For those who want to passionately get behind their team, it's a major frustration.

     

    Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent. All quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Follow him on Twitter @garryhayes.