Gus Hiddink although an experienced manager and a veteran of the game, lacks the dynamism of someone like a Simeone or a Mourinho. It seems he has some ideas but is too afraid to experiment. The current plight of Chelsea Football club although improved under Hiddink initially still remains one with question marks. Our defensive frailties were much exposed during the first half of the season although somewhat diminished by the surge in performances during the initial few months under Gus, has somewhat fizzled out.
We have conceded an unthinkable (at least in terms of Chelsea of old) 39 goals already this season (not to mention the one we just conceded against West Ham), a far cry from the defensive stronghold we once were considered to be.
Starting cautiously, with a string of draws and intermittent wins in between, our performances have dipped again of late with a heartbreaking defeat to PSG and an embarrassing loss to Everton, eliminating us from the FA Cup as well. With no trophies to fight for this season, the only positive come May can be in the form of a Europa League berth. This although looks a long shot, is still mathematically possible with 10 more games to go. But, with Diego Costa banned for 2 matches and Eden Hazard on the sidelines due to a hip injury, it looks slightly daunting to achieve.
Even if we qualify for Europa, would we seriously want that? With a team in transition, wouldn’t it be better to refrain from the stresses of playing in Europe and concentrate on the English Premier League? I personally believe that it’d do us a world of good to stay away from Europa league next season.
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