Football is such a beautiful game where things change within moments. Just four days ago, Chelsea fans were chanting Guus Hiddink’s name and were asking for their owner to hire him permanently. In a span of four days, they have been dumped out of both the UCL and FA cup by PSG and Everton respectively, and the tables have turned.
To make things even worse for the Blues, their main striker Diego Costa was sent off last night for multiple offenses. The Spanish striker could face more repercussions for his behavior as it seems as if he tried to bite Gareth Barry and the FA will announce its decision in a couple of days.
Chelsea fans would be devastated as their former players came to haunt them in the two cups. David Luiz and co defeated Chelsea in the UCL to book a place in the quarterfinals. Then two days later, Lukaku singlehandedly destroyed his former side with two welltaken goals. His first goal was from another world. The 22year old Belgian beat four Chelsea players and then calmly beat Courtois at his near post.
Chelsea currently is in 10th position with a massive 11 point difference from the topfour and 9 points from topfive. They still have to play Manchester City, Spurs and the giant killers Leicester City. It would be a great achievement for Guus if he can guide his side to a topfive finish surpassing both Liverpool and Manchester United in the process.
After Jose Mourinho’s departure, we know one thing for sure; the blame has to put on the players. Star players have let the side down this year. Eden Hazard doesn’t seem interested at all and goes invisible in games. Cahill doesn’t look like the same player and is making too many errors. Ivanovic and Terry are way past their best. Mikel is starting in Matic’s place, no disrespect to the Nigerian, but that’s something to ponder about for a player who was said to be one of the best CDMs in the world (Matic). New signing Pedro has been mediocre, and Falcao hasn’t played a single minute since the sides 31 loss to Liverpool.
There are a lot of changes required at the bridge next season. Some big players need to be shown the door, as they say, no one is bigger than the club. That’s the only way through which players will have a fear in them to perform and to take the club forward. Additionally, someone needs to control Diego Costa’s temperament, or he would become a liability for the club. Whoever becomes the fulltime manager of Chelsea next season, may it be Hiddink, may it be Simone or Allegri, a lot of sorting up is required from the new coach to make Chelsea successful again.
Words by: Hassan Shahid