International Breaks are often the trickiest thing to understand as no team can ever predict the actual good or bad out of it. For teams under pressure, it gives them an extra week to assess their form and fitness while for teams in form, it stops their momentum and pegs them back.
Chelsea and Jose Mourinho face a crucial task of figuring out what is wrong with their team before the International break ends as they have a busy fixture list come October and November and they cannot afford to slip up. Mourinho has five crucial issues which needs quick addressing before it gets too late for the Special One, take a look:
Straightening Diego Costa’s focus
Earlier today, Costa came out and claimed how he turned up for the new season overweight and that has been one of the reasons for Chelsea’s poor start to the season. Well done Costa for admitting it but what about your actions against Arsenal? Mourinho must find a way to sort out his striker’s priorities and get him back to scoring regularly like last season or else, Chelsea will continue to struggle.
Branislav Ivanovic – Drop him or send him on a vacation?
It has almost become “Rest of the world vs Jose Mourinho” in Branislav Ivanovic debate this season, where everyone except fr Mourinho thinks that the Serbian defender must be dropped for his poor form. While on one hand, Mourinho is dropping Terry stating his lack of form, but Ivanovic is not putting in any splendid performances to stake his claim to start games, let alone captain Chelsea. Mourinho must drop the Serbian for some games to end the run of poor games from him, which is hurting Chelsea’s defense.
Should the KIDS be trusted?Chelsea manager made a bold claim few days ago to drop the non-performing stars if they are not playing well and field youngsters instead. So, has the time come for Mourinho to live by those words and actually play some of those kids? Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy and Abdul baba Rahman are three players, who have made a difference when they have been played this season. Perhaps, it is high time for Mourinho to start trusting in his youth more than what he has been known to do over the years.
Is it time for Mourinho to alter his tactics and formation?
We saw Mourinho pull off a two-strikers tactics beautifully with Inter Milan, when he had Samuel Eto’o and Diego Millito firing on all cylinders for him. Mourinho won the treble with Inter Milan, however, since his move to Real Madrid, he has looked to use the 4-2-3-1 formation. Last season with Chelsea, he used the same formation and this season has been a similar story. There could be a case of teams figuring out his ploys as it has been quite predictable in recent times. May be, it is time for the special one to pull out a tactical genius within him and play a different system at Stamford Bridge.
keep the dressing room in tact
We saw how Mourinho lost the Real Madrid dressing room before he was brutally sacked. Following his rant against Southampton, there could be an instance where players start to feel under more pressure and end up going against their manager. So far, players have come out in support for their mentor and Mourinho needs to ensure that it remains that way and he does not lose this dressing room. It has not been an easy start for Mourinho and the Blues, however, to quote Mourinho here “if any man can turn this around, it is him as he is the best manager in the club’s history”.
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