What Cost Chelsea The Title This Season?

By on May 22, 2011

We all look towards November and December to try and find an answer for what went wrong with Chelsea’s season. What happened at Cobham that saw us go on a streak where we dropped from 5 points clear at the top to 5th.

Few will blame the departure of Ray Wilkins who reportedly insulted Roman Abrahmovich to his face. Some will blame simply poor tactics by Ancelotti by him choosing not to play with the 4-3-3 consistently. There are many reasons, but in my opinion there is one factor which we ignore.

The season started with the demolition of West Brom, from there we went on a winning streak of 6 games. Things looked good and pundits said that Chelsea were going to race away with the title having scored 25 goals in those first 6 games of the season.

However, if we go back to the games before the opening day fixture against West Brom we find the possible reason for our struggles this season. Pre-Season. With 1 win in 4 pre-season games that is not the type of form that any team wants to carry into the start of a new season. Especially, not when you are defending champions. Yet, somehow the team managed to put aside those worries and did not tackle the issues at hand. Carlo was able to focus his team to go on a winning run.

However, if we look back to those pre-season losses we see they reflected a lack of depth in the squad. With key players recovering from the World Cup in South Africa, our second string of players were unable to step up given the opportunity. This should have been the first hint that the lack of depth in the squad would cost us in the coming months. This was proven when Frank Lampard was out injured and this coincided with our bad run in form, and his return came with our return to form.

Pre-season was the first sign that things were going to go wrong and showed the club that there were problems in the squad. This cost us the title because if realized then the signings could have been made in the summer, and young players could have been trained to be starters. There might be a few other factors to blame but pre-season was the earliest factor that should have showed us the squads weakness.

Submitted by Chelsea Fanatic

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4 Comments

  1. chelsea fan

    May 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    good analysis…

  2. Toomaz

    May 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I think chelseas style got too predictable and teams started realizing you weren’t properly utilising your midfield. Playing 2 defensive players in essien and mikel and lampard in the hole, allows for no creativity and you rely far too much on overlaps from the full backs and wide play. Teams sussed it out, lampard getting injured didn’t help, but your lack of creativity and people who can pass in midfield is a huge reason for your slump… and for torres getting stuff all service.

  3. Christian

    May 22, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    For me its obvious,Ray Wilkins left and Chelsea started losing.A big mistake to sack him

  4. Blue Lion

    May 23, 2011 at 10:30 am

    It all began in the summer. Releasing five established first team players in Carvalho, Deco, Belletti, Ballack and Cole (three of which are European Cup winners) and replacing them with two (Ramires & Benayoun). The early season form covered over the cracks of a wafer thin squad but proved to be a false dawn. The Ray Wilkins affair did not help either.

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