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Why Chelsea May not Win the League

Why Chelsea May not Win the League

Manchester City were always favourites according to bookmakers, pundits and Mourinho, and their strikers score goals and they're out of the Champions League and on Saturday Chris Foy happened, again!...

The Premier League has a tradition, a rich history of highs and lows, from a high of Kenny Dalglish piping Ferguson to the title in '94/'95 to a low of Alan Pardew headbuttgate; a history replete with intrigues, twists and turns, from the sublime to the downright ridiculous, but only a handful of clubs have ever tasted what it means to win the Barclays Premier League; and not a single one of the five winners - Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City - won it without their top goal scorer being amongst the league topscorers!

Whereas I don't see a need to bore you with a recital of famous names like Alan Shearer, Andrew Cole, Eric Cantona, Teddy Sherringham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Thiery Henry, Ruud van Nisterooy, Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba, Carlos Tevez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Aguero or Robin van Persie who all won it for their respective clubs in their various epochs.

I do however think it is worth raising the alarm that the alarmingly criminal profligacy of Mourinho's three supposed strikers in the face of the devastatingly prolific double-acts of Aguero and Edin Dzeko or Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge might well prevent us from winning the league this year, which will see our league losing streak extend into the fourth year after we last tasted league glory in 2010 when we incidentally ran riot with goals under Signor Carlo Ancelotti, setting and smashing Premier League records in the process with an unprecedented 103 goals (2.7 per game in 38) with 68 or 61.2% (3.6 per game in 19) of those scored at home which in itself is a record still standing and unsurpassed!

If my greying memory serves correctly this is about the third time I'll be penning this truism in an article, but I'll reiterate anyway; no team has won the Premier League with the kind of return our 'strikers' have brought to the table.

No. Just no way! No way is Samuel Eto'o's meager return of 7 goals in 18 games at this stage of the season enough for any title talk, neither is Fernando Torres' and Demba Ba's embarrassingly abysmal combined total of 7 goals (4 and 3 in 22 and 14 games respectively) anywhere near enough to begin to insinuate nor hope for a title challenge; a total of 14 goals from 3 fat overfed over-the-hill and overpaid undeserving cats.

There's only so far the magic of Eden Hazard can take you!

Don't get me wrong. I want us to win the league by all means just so, if nothing, my little 'hypothesis' would be seen to have been nothing but pure unfounded baloney, proven absolutely wrong and consequently thrown to the dogs, as I know there's always a first time.

I want Jose to win his third English title and our fifth, but the problem is that I just fail to see it happening this term unless, of course, our three toothless (or blunt-toothed depending on your tastes) strikers from now on start setting the league ablaze - start getting their Didier Drogba or Nicolas Anelka impressions right, that's if not that of the swashbuckling Luis Suarez - because right now as far as this writer is concerned, the likes of Torres at our dear club are nothing short of expensive cosmetic strikers!

Blimey, hasn't one Romelu Lukaku 'fluked' in more goals than these overpaid cosmetic striking dummies?

Maybe the Special One has special powers to curb the norm and win this league in spite of, not because of, his chosen corps of strikers. Maybe he knew all along what we thought was a well documented striker malaise post-Drogba was not a malaise at all but undue apprehensions on our part as the novices of the game that we all are; maybe the unfunny joke El Nino has made of the most part of his Chelsea career long before and after we flogged Sturridge to the Scousers was nothing to lose sleep about; maybe long before making his comeback from Real Madrid the Special One had a plan, including that of attempting to sign Shrek before finally settling for the aging Samuel Eto'o as 'Plan B' which sadly doesn't seem to be working in this moment.

But one thing is certain, blessed with the league's meanest defence and a midfield that made Yaya Toure look like Charlie Adam at a FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony, twice, if we don't win this league it will be down to the wastefulness of Torres, Ba and Eto'o!

And what a shame that will be to the £50m man, who being in a last chance salon, might never stand a chance of winning the Premier League again.

Be honest but don't you, like me, sometimes wish you could reach out and punch each of our strikers square in the face each time they miss a sitter or, perhaps, knock some sense into the Special One in the summer if he fails to flush these cosmetic flops and buy strikers who actually score goals?

Whilst it may be generally accepted, albeit painfully that Rafa Benitez fortuitously got us playing the better football with a leaner squad, with such score-lines as 8-0 to Jose's bogey team Aston Villa and so on, do you think Mourinho's magic alone can win us the league?

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Writer:HGH Magic
Date:Monday March 17 2014
Time: 1:20PM


forget striker...the way we set our attacking third... does not suit strikers at all...there are too many predictable midfielders in the team..only aiming for personal glory...we have no midfielder who possess the quick incisive the little we had, we sold it...although our stirkers might be lagging behind.. but that does not make them score a return of goals ad little as that...let's sort out midfield first...when you have an athleth like Ramirez..who is not known to be a good passer? or even control a match tempo..why won't strikers starve?
17/03/2014 13:36:00
yep there's always a first time to discount conventional theories. but the villa debacle, i fear, has probably cost us the title. we'll require citeh to lose at least two, maybe three (not gonna happen), because it seems improbable we'll put it across both arsenal and pool - and draws will not do any longer. might there then be a case for switching focus to CL, even if that's the tougher proposition? methinks we'll run it close in both cases, but will end up being a case of nearly there.
johnny come lately
17/03/2014 13:39:00
agree somewhat, jayb. the man who held it all together best... a true #10, we sold. sometimes we are our own worst enemy.
johnny come lately
17/03/2014 13:41:00
As i read this i swore that the author had to be HGH and sure enough i was right. Yes there are some painful low blows here but to be brutally honest there is a whole bunch of truth to this. With our defense , the demise of ManU and the fact that city have literally done everything to ensure they dont run away with this title (when based on their talent level and squad depth they really should have) if we dont win this BPL title we need look no further than our strikers (or the lack thereof) and we will need blame no one else but ourselves because we had two transfer windows this season to at least get better if not permanent solutions and we fluffed both opportunities. Time will tell but since i never really expected to us to win the BPL this year anyway to begin with i am not in a tizzy about this. Next year though Jose needs to really get this straightened out both for Chelsea's and for his sake. Let us not forget who the boss is and what is record is like when we dont win trophies.
17/03/2014 13:47:00
To win titles this year, we need our play to be unpredictable...But, right now we are very much predictable...
17/03/2014 13:49:00
Pool vs City match at Anfield will decide the title, but City are the best bet for it. I hope chelsea dont drop to 4th...
17/03/2014 13:51:00
Arsenal parked the bus effectively against spurs this week, expect no less next week...We should find a way to break them (I doubt it, bcos we couldn't even break the villa defense)
17/03/2014 13:52:00
Torres should never play for Chelsea football club again and Oscar needs to be benched for the rest of the season. Bring back Lampard and start playing Schurlle to give us some pace. Unfortunately as much as I love Jose, our game is based on a game of chess and not a game of football. That`s ok until the other team scores first.
17/03/2014 13:55:00
Hazard needs to be our number 10.
Pavel Permiachkin
17/03/2014 14:24:00
...but the thing is;Torres isn't going anywhere. No team can afford him and those who can afford him don't need him. I don't know how we plan on leaving him but it'll be quite funny to have a 0„550million striker as a third choice next season. We must find a way out. This one is tough. Very.
17/03/2014 14:27:00
17/03/2014 14:32:00
@ Blueheart9 - Do your research ; How many times has Chelsea won after opponent scored first ? It might suprise you. And btw, football is chess.
Strapping Blue
17/03/2014 14:39:00
We haven't got striker ever time we take to the field we are a man down I'm fed up after villa,problem is after our run which has at times been unconvincing we have all got our hopes up and we aren't a team looking like champs,I am hoping for the last eight games to be wins and I think to win it that is what is needed
17/03/2014 14:56:00
It's hard to disagree with the article. Two steps forward, one step back.I sad at the beginning that it's going to be a rollercoaster of a season and we need to hang on. It's been that kind of a season. Both transfer windows have been baffling for us. Hope Jose fills in the blanks this coming summer. And we go for it in our remaining 8 games, one at a time and let's see what happens. #upthechels
17/03/2014 14:56:00
The title is ours to lose after beating Manchester City home and away. Someone should just rise up and defend our strikers. First it was torress, sturidge, ba, eto, I actually think we have not found dead root cause of the goal drought.
17/03/2014 14:57:00
For two matches in a row we wia actually crap in d first half against fulham and spurs. It was only a matter of time we paid for those performances then came villa. I also want to agree with you some of lukakus goals r fluke.
17/03/2014 15:01:00
If the striker's are the problem, how come sturidge is banging in goals every match. Why on earth did we sell that player that is so hungry for goals. I think part of our problem is pride.
17/03/2014 15:08:00
I agree with Blueheart9. Torres is like trying to swim with a weight around your ankle. Do a Malouda to him.
17/03/2014 15:14:00
@Strapping Blue, we have the quality of footballer to take the game to the majority of teams, not just to keep possesion for an hour, keeping it tight and then trying to win the game in the last half hour. We lost at Newcastle, Everton, Stoke and now at Villa and all the games were almost the same. We were in total control in all thes games, without breaking into a sweat and then suddenly they score and we are chasing the game. For the players that we have this approach is not always the only way. But it seems to be Jose`s favoured way. We played the same against Fulham and managed to score and went on to win the game, we wasted 45 minutes against West Ham, then they put 10 men behind the ball and defended what they had. Look at the teams at the bottom of the table and look at the points that we have lost, quite frankly the tactics adopted for those games have been very unproductive.
17/03/2014 15:23:00
We sold our only creativity source in Mata because we had a better all round No 10 in Oscar, Oscar can defense better bla bla bla... But where was he when Villa scored? Oh he was on the bench LOLLLLLLLLLLL
Rip The Reds Apart
17/03/2014 16:27:00
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