Chelsea strode to the Premier League title last season after a dominant performance for the majority of the campaign. The Blues were streets ahead of their nearest rivals and Jose Mourinho’s men had high hopes prior to the start of the 2015-16 season.
However, they have failed to inspire confidence and Chelsea are looking more like relegation candidates than defending champions. Despite their poor form and performances, Mourinho has tried to put the blame on luck and refereeing decisions.
For the past few years, the Portuguese has claimed in the press that there is a conspiracy against his side. While he very rarely accepts that they were simply outplayed by the opposition, Mourinho tends to give credit to their conquerors. After the recent 3-1 home defeat by Southampton, the Chelsea boss was once again discussing a lack of refereeing decisions to his men and placed the blame on referee Robert Madley (see video below). The Portuguese believes that Madley is not the only official to have a campaign against his side and insists that the Premier League’s top referees all enjoy watching the Blues lose.
Ultimately, there isn’t a conspiracy against Mourinho’s men. Yes, Chelsea have been unlucky with huge calls at the start of the campaign but they haven’t been the primary reason for their poor form. The Blues have simply not been good enough and their top players are struggling to inspire confidence.
Eden Hazard, Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic were all key components of Chelsea’s title winning side last season but haven’t managed to hit the heights of last season. At the time of writing, the Blues are priced at 20/1 with betfair to win the Premier League this season and although they have plenty of talent, they will need to improve drastically if they are to challenge for silverware.
Chelsea must focus on improving their individual performances if they are to finally show that no real conspiracy exists against the defending champions. While there is some logic in Mourinho’s comments, he is foolish to suggest that refereeing decisions are the sole reason for their poor run of form.
The Portuguese must ensure that the performances improve in the next few weeks or he faces losing his job if the ruthless Roman Abramovich decides that Mourinho’s time is up. With 30 matches remaining, there’s plenty of time for the Blues to raise their game and they could well compete for trophies.