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That Time of Year...Again!

That Time of Year...Again!

5`s been 5 games since we Chelsea fans have experienced the joy of victory.

The last time I've written an article on Vital Chelsea must have been before the sacking of AVB but after yesterday's dejected performance I felt the need to rant on once again!

I started supporting Chelsea in the 03/04 season and I've noticed a pattern that everyone else has probably noticed as well: we are absolutely woeful in the winter!

My point in this article is not to reprimand RDM like many of us (including myself) have done with the last eight managers when struggling during this period. I am here to discuss something far more bizarre.

It has always alluded me as to how Manchester United, Arsenal, etc rarely seem to endure this dip in form whereas we almost always go through it. If you have not noticed yet, this time of the year has become progressively worse season by season.

In our first title winning campaign we barely struggled, next season we somewhat did. And the pattern just goes on until now. Roman Abramovich has resorted to continuously sacking managers at around February time to much ridicule from the fans and media alike.

Our list of managers are incredible, all world renowned and we've always found ourselves with an outstanding group of players who are capable of incredible things but for some strange reason, we always have this blip every year, I guarantee that we would have won the league in 08/09 and 10/11 if this didn't happen.

Now I'd like to throw one crazy idea out there: Its fair to say that this era of glory and trophy's began in 2004 with Jose Mourinho, he was the man who began it all. Even though only a few remain from his time in charge, you can still say that Chelsea's brand and style of football is still of Mourinho's philosophy.

He was the man who set the foundation for this football club and set the standards of what the board and the fans should expect from the team. Now, in my opinion, it`s this same style of football that has made the winter period such a torrid time for Chelsea over the last few seasons and that the only real way that we can prevent this from happening season after season is to stop this philosophy.

We have tried countless managers as I've said above to try and change Chelsea but none have succeeded completely. We have won a Premier League, 3 FA Cups and a UCL title but no manager has been able to make his job secure.

I think that the only man who is capable of changing Chelsea and that same style from 2004 is the man himself Jose Mourinho. I know many of you are opposed to the idea of Mourinho returning but I think that he is the only person that can send us on the right track once again.

Now, this is not to say we must revolve in this same cycle but this is to say that Mourinho can establish a side that can adapt and re adapt to different style of play and then this will be the boost that Chelsea will need in the future. I, like all of you love the way in which we played in 2004 and how we went about or club but of course time changes and so must the Football Club.

On that note I will leave you with a quote from Thomas Jefferson:

'Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.' - Thomas Jefferson

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday November 21 2012
Time: 12:59PM


I hate to hear thät word (laughing stock of the media) who cares!!!??? CTIF - Chelsea Till I Faint
21/11/2012 13:21:00
barca dont play the best football in europe they fkin pass the ball in defence for 60mins in defence. barca are the best team but bayern munich play the best football. mourinho gt RM 100 points in laliga scoring like 115 goals u can go fk urself if u think thats not attacking football
21/11/2012 16:08:00
Humza_96 Spot on, Some one here wants us to have like 70 % of the ball and be happy if we win 1-0 But will hates it when we have 55% but wins with 5-0,6-0. Barcelona for me is the most boring team to watch. They have sometimes 50 passes bettwen defender and midfielders on ther own half!
21/11/2012 17:24:00
I'm saying that we must change our way of playing. I more than anyone HATE THE WAY BARCELONA PLAY.
21/11/2012 19:38:00
I dont know we keep havin this blip at this time of the year...
22/11/2012 07:49:00
No.I tend to disagree. It is the mentality we are forced to get into our heads and the players heads that is ruining the change. We are a different team now and even if you give this team to Mourinho, he will come back and buy almost 4-5 new players to suit his style of play. I know we are left wanting at some point but I do not think Mpurinho can work with the likes of Marin, Piazon, Oscar, KDB, Josh just because they do not have the power he wants in his players. He came to chelsea and realized that the owner wants instant success and he worked on delivering the same in the shortest time possible. When he was to face reality, he was gone. The only people who can change the way chelsea are playing are the owner and the board. They need to undestand that when you demand from a manager the kind of football you want from him, you need to give him free hold on the team and let him run the team to achieve the same. Let him identify the kinds of players he is to buy and which player to play and who is not. You cannot demand wins and yet you want tha manager to play a misfiring striker in every game. You need to give the manager a free hand and not give him more than one thing to worry about. Now a chelsea manager will worry about results and at the same time worry about his job by trying to please the board in iving into their demands and wants.
22/11/2012 07:54:00
The manager talked to Michael Emelano and he was given the blue print of what is expected of him. The manager promise fans some smileat the end of the match on Sunday. Let us support them then
23/11/2012 06:32:00
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