Chelsea a Shadow of Their Championship Team: What's Happening?

Daniel GoochAnalyst IJanuary 5, 2011

WOLVERHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 05:  (EDITORS NOTE: THIS BLACK AND WHITE IMAGE WAS CREATED FROM ORIGINAL COLOUR FILE)  Didier Drogba of Chelsea reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea at Molineux on January 5, 2011 in Wolverhampton, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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What is happening to the blue side of London? Last season, they were celebrating after winning the league, and now they can't even manage to get a win at the easier sides in the EPL.

It the beginning of the season, people (not me) where talking about Chelsea winning the Premiership again, but now we are wondering if they will even finish in the Champions League spots.

Manchester City and Tottenham have pushed Chelsea out of the top four, after a bad middle stage to the season.

Chelsea have been on a bad streak for weeks in the winter period that seemed to have stopped last week with a victory against Bolton.

However, that game looks to be a blip in the fall of Chelsea this season.

They have had many close game, like the weekend game against Aston Villa where they conceded the last equaliser in injury time.

Watching the games and highlights, I can see gaps that weren't there earlier in the season, and players that seem to put less than 100 percent effort in.

In November they lost badly to Sunderland, a team they were meant to walk over, and now they lose against Wolves, who are struggling to stay out of the relegation spots.

Their next game is in the FA Cup against Ipswich. They are in the league below, so a defeat against them would put serious doubt on the manager and many of the players.

If they do fail to get a win against the east coast team, they will find it hard to get their minds in the winning mode, which would mean a very dodgy end to the season.

If Chelsea do not pull their finger out their wallets for one moment, they may actually be worth the large amounts of money they get paid.