Will Chelsea Make the Cut for the Champions League Next Season?

Zaakir HoosenAnalyst INovember 21, 2011

GENK, BELGIUM - NOVEMBER 01:  Chelsea Manager Andre Villas Boas gestures during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between KRC Genk and Chelsea at the KRC Genk Arena on November 1, 2011 in Genk, Belgium.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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At age 34, many wondered and asked the question, is he capable of challenging in the best and most competitive football league in the world?

Can we write him off already?

Chelsea have had a relatively tough start considering the quality and experience within their squad, having spent over £70 million on new signings at the start of the year, with very little returns.

But the signing of Fernando Torres from Liverpool isn't the only major signing by the Russian billionaire. In order to bring Andre Villas Boas from Porto, Chelsea forked out £13.3 million.

After having spent so much money, Chelsea seem to be playing the worst football amongst the top 10 teams. Although still in fourth position on the log, they could go down to fifth if Spurs win later tonight.

Still seen as challengers to the two Manchester clubs based on the contents of their squad, it's starting to seem highly unlikely that the Londoners can sustain any pressure on the top two.

If Chelsea drop any more points, it could be a matter of fighting for a European spot rather than any ideas of winning the title.

Now 12 points behind the leaders Manchester City just after 12 matches is already a statement of the collapse at the Bridge.

Major questions need to be answered by the management regarding the purchase of Torres, who has continued to fail; Drogba, whose role needs to be redefined; and the defense, which seems to be getting worse without any sign of change or intention to change.

John Terry's replacement is not in sight, and the aging England international seems to be at the heart of every error.

Although there is a slight move toward transition from the middle to the front, lack of pace in their play is one of the major obstacles facing them, especially against tougher opposition.

Watching Chelsea play is frustrating. They seem to create very little from the center, Mata doing most of the creative work, Drogba with the occasional shot on target.

Lampard has come to the fore in recent weeks, but at his age you would have thought there would be others fighting for his role. Well, there aren't. 

Sturridge is the best attacking player. Along with Mata, the youngster has impressed and needs to be given more game time.

With the rise of Arsenal and Liverpool on the table, it could mean that Chelsea could fall to fifth or sixth in the pecking order.

Spurs are another team, along with Newcastle United, who could have a huge impact on where Chelsea finish this season.

Unless there is a major overhaul of the side both withing the squad an on a mental level, I don't see any positives in the next couple weeks.