Chelsea's Crisis: Five Ways the Blues Can Overcome It

Saura BhattacharjeeAnalyst IDecember 15, 2010

Chelsea's Crisis: Five Ways the Blues Can Overcome It

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    BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20:  Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is dejected after defeat in the Barclays Premier League match between Birmingham City and Chelsea at St Andrews on November 20, 2010 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Get
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    Chelsea's season has been thrown into tatters in the last one and a half months after they have won just one of their last two outings.

    They are presently ranked fourth in the Premier League standings and also were recently robbed of their clean slate in the Champions' League. The club has been hit by an injury crisis and with a small squad, manager Carlo Ancelotti is having a harrowing time.

    Last weekend's draw with Tottenham though was a morale booster as Chelsea looked confident and just missed out on a win. They are presently a point behind Arsenal and Manchester City and three points behind current league leaders Manchester United.

    If the Blues' are to defend their title and bring back their season in line, they must revive it. In the following slideshow we will see the major five factors that can revive Chelsea's season.

Drogba Gets Back His Form

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04:  Didier Drogba of Chelsea scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on December 4, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botteri
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    Chelsea's talismanic Ivorian hitman has seen a slump in form over the past one and a half months. His off-form has also dried up Chelsea's goal-scoring spree which has affected their season severely.

    The Blues' striker needs to find his goal-scoring boots if Chelsea re to revive their season. His blistering form in front of the goal last season had helped Chelsea to be crowned Premier League champions. If Ancelotti's "Blue Boys" are to retain their crown then it is important for Drogba to get back his form.

    Drogba looked pretty dangerous in the past weekend's match against the Spurs' and scored the equaliser for Chelsea before failing a penalty shot. Everyone will be hoping that Drogba gets back to his old form as it will help Chelsea see-off a tough December fixture and keep them in course for the title.

Lampard and Terry Recovers Fully

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  John Terry and Frank Lampard of Chelsea look dejected after the FA Community Shield match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on August 8, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Imag
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    Chelsea's two important players - John Terry and Frank Lampard were absent due to injury which resulted in Chelsea slump.

    The lack of their experienced defender and midfielder was severely felt as Chelsea failed to score goals and avoid opponents scoring goals that cost them valuable points as well as the top spot. With captain John Terry looking confident and fully recovered and Lampard also getting back into action, Chelsea were looking their old-self on Sunday.

    The fitness of these two players is very important for the club's success as was proved during their absence. So if Chelsea can keep their key duo fit, the Blues' will be able to recover from their slump easily and get back in the race to defend their title.

Ancelotti Buy New Players in January

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04:  Gary Cahill of Bolton Wanderers in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers at the City of Manchester Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Cl
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    Chelsea's recent slump in form has been largely blamed to their small squad. Last season's Premier League champions in their efforts to balance their books have sold out and let go a number of their experienced veterans with only a few new signings.

    Blues' manager Ancelotti had defended his decision to not sign any new significant players by claiming that his compact squad was perfect for the season. But as it chalks out, the Italian has felt the need for experienced players. Injuries to experienced first-team regulars John Terry, Frank Lampard and Alex threw the team into a crisis mode and they are yet to recover fully from the slump. Ancelotti has to make some new signings if Chelsea are to defend their title as well as fight for the coveted Champions League.

    With the winter transfer window just a fortnight away there is good news at Stamford Bridge as it has been reported that owner Abramovich has sanctioned huge transfer funds to reinforce the squad. That should mean that January will see Chelsea back to their buying sprees as they look to strengthen their squad for the last part of the season.

The Blues' Defeat ManUtd and Arsenal

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14:  Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on November 14, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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    Chelsea are presently fourth in the Premier League, being three points behind leaders Manchester United having played a match more.

    Their five match winless streak along-with a few losses have cost the Blues' not only their lead at the top but also severe criticism. Poor performance against Sunderland, Birmingham and Everton have attracted flak from one and all.

    The Blues' have improved a lot in their last game against the Spurs', but if they are to recover and get back on track, they need to win their next two fixtures.

    When Chelsea host leaders Manchester United at home it might well be the season deciding match. If they fail to win they will be unable to decrease United's lead at the top and might also lose out on the race for top spot.

    To retain their crown, the West Londoners' must win their next two matches against Manchester United and Arsenal. A failure might not end their hopes but a win will certainly bring them back into contention.

Chelsea Finish Their Chances Well

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    MARSEILLE, FRANCE - DECEMBER 08:  Former Marseille striker Didier Drogba (R) of Chelsea looks on prior to kickoff during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Marseille and Chelsea at the Stade Velodrome on December 8, 2010 in Marseille, France.
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    Chelsea's biggest reason for their slump in form has been the lack of goals scored.

    The Blues' started the season in blistering form hammering each and every team three-four goals if not more and had the highest goal difference. But their goals have dried up in recent weeks and that has been the primary reason Chelsea are struggling. 

    Chelsea have been very poor in finishing and their forwards are the ones to be blamed. Youngster Salomon Kalou has been pretty wasteful and his misses have cost Chelsea vital points. The other players too are to be blamed for failing to convert their chances. The misses have led to drawn results and allowed Chelsea's title rivals to overtake them.

    If the Stamford Bridge outfit are to get back on track, the players will have to start increasing their chances-to-convert ratio. A fully functional Chelsea attack will definitely bolster their chances to retain their trophy.