Blues Talk: Champions Chelsea Get Back To Winning Ways, a Crisis...What Crisis?
Well, we have had worse times than this in the past as long standing supporters will testify. It's difficult trying to feel anything but totally depressed.
Recently we have had a number of supporters who urged us not to panic. This was good advice; nothing was ever improved in panic. But panic should not, in my view, be confused with genuine concern. The peremptory sacking of Wilkins - not to mention the manner in which it was done - now seems to be the generally accepted view as to why things started to go 'belly-up', but could this be the whole reason?
To be honest, I don't know. What I do know is that players who, only seven weeks ago, looked odds on to retain the league title now looked like fugitives caught in the head-lights of a sub-top four position. Confidence and energy levels were poor whereas the Chelsea we all know play almost with arrogance and the strut of champions. Nothing will alter this quicker than a win...almost any win. And that is why last nights result was so important.
A victory against Aston Villa and our form may return almost as suddenly as it departed..
With the mid-season transfer window round the corner, some may feel it is our chance to dip into the market and shore up our thin squad but the last thing we need at the moment is more stop gap mediocre players to replace or cover for the one's we already have.
We may find ourselves between a rock and a hard place when it comes to acquiring new players.
Are Chelsea still good for the title?
Besides looking to curb the spending and not get taken for a ride with transfer fees, the very fact we are Chelsea and therefore having the ability to pay like when we was spending money as if it was going out of fashion 7-8 years ago, selling clubs and players agents will be driving hard bargains even for the most ordinary players.
What choice has the club got?
Get screwed and pay up or walk away with nothing and we're back to where we started being desperately short of young quality players to replace our not-so-good ones.
The alleged fee required by Benfica for David Luiz is, of course, ludicrous and offers even more evidence to the position I have long taken that transfer fees do not - and probably never have - equate to ability. A corollary to my position on this is that fees more closely relate to the value a player can add to a team deficient in his particular skills.
If you have three very good centre-backs then Luiz is worth zero but to a good team being let down by poor centre-backs he might be worth a lot of money. It is also another graphic illustration why we should ignore the January window; - my position is that we certainly need to get a top quality centre-back, but we are not so desperate that we need to pay over the odds now when, chances are, we can cut better deals in the summer. And plan for them, too!
Amidst these trying times, Chelsea fans have needed to have a bit of a sense of humour given what we've been through in the past few weeks. Wednesday night was a small step in the right direction that's all and there is a long way to go and a lot that needs to be put right at Chelsea yet and hopefully some of that will happen in the summer. Personally I would like to see Carlo sign an extended contract in the summer and be given full control on all football matters inc the hiring and firing of his own No 2, will it happen probably not and there-in lies one of our biggest problem because as good as Roman Abramovic has been for Chelsea his constant meddlings have cost us too.
I think this squad has been affected by Roman's overall lack of investment over the last 3 seasons - though necessary, it has no doubt effected the squad - but there is still a bit more to come from this team when our best eleven are all match fit, after all it is still the same team that did the double 6 months ago and the same team scoring for fun at the end of last season and the beginning of this. The squad has been badly stretched by the injuries and the letting go of 5 senior players and of the youngsters that have come in only a couple have so far shown they are capable of stepping up to the mark add that to 'Wilkinsgate' and the overall loss of confidence due to this poor run and we are where we are. It will take time for the players to rebuild the confidence and sadly there is no easy fix to where we now find ourselves.
Aston Villa provide our next hurdle and if there was any team on worse form than ourselves, it would be them.
I'll leave you with one massive, mind-boggling question - what on earth does Daniel Sturridge have to do to get a game over Kalou?
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