Jose Mourinho had perhaps turned things around for Chelsea. The side were unbeaten in three and had kept three consecutive clean sheets. His handling of the Diego Costa fall-out was also pretty good. Yet, the turnaround turned out to be a false dawn as Chelsea were beaten at home by Bournemouth. Stamford Bridge, once a fortress, is now somewhere teams can come and expect to get something.
Chelsea’s home form this campaign has been truly awful with the side losing four times at home already this campaign. Hardly the hallmark of Champions. The 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth comes at a time when Mourinho really needed to start turning things around. Chelsea are struggling.
Mourinho had been backed, more so than any other Chelsea manager in the Roman Abramovich era. The Chelsea owner has shown immense patience with his manager, yet it is surely now running out. Mourinho’s main saving grace has been how poor the chasing pack have been at the top of the table, meaning that top four finish was still a possibility. Perhaps it still is, but Chelsea are not creeping up the table. The squad looks tired and unenthused.
Can Mourinho still justify his position as Chelsea manager? Probably not. Chelsea just aren’t getting better. It might be time to finally cut ties and bring someone else in who can re-invigorate the squad and push Chelsea back up the table. Mourinho’s only hope is that he stays and then drastically rebuilds the squad in the summer. It is good but the players aren’t working for him and there is a lot missing in Chelsea’s current format. Mourinho has probably had his fair share of patience from the board now, it is a results game and he just isn’t delivering.