Chelsea FC: Broken Streak Could Be Just What They Need


So the run is over — no more ‘invincibles’ talk.

Chelsea FC lost for the first time this season to a Papiss Cisse-inspired Newcastle United at St. James’ Park. The Blues were extremely unlucky to not come away with at least a point, but Newcastle made use of their few chances, and earned the 2-1 victory.

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After a 14-game unbeaten streak in the Premier League, Chelsea have to start all over again. This loss could probably be the best thing to happen to them so far this season. Sure they missed out on three points, and their gap at the top may very well be cut in half by the end of the day, but from another vantage point, this could be just what they need.

Manager Jose Mourinho will now have to go back to the drawing board, he doesn’t have to make any huge alterations, but he may want to rethink his formation. Two strikers up front may benefit the team’s ambitions; he has three great forwards at his disposal, and starting with two of them would probably improve results.

Mourinho will certainly not allow Chelsea to slip up again after having dropped five points from their last three matches. The Blues normally respond to a loss with a big win, or a string of wins. A fresh start will do them lots of good, as it seemed like an air of complacency was beginning to creep in. Watching them play their last few games — even with the 3-0 victory against Tottenham — I did not see the same passion and stubbornness.

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That usually comes from complacency, the Blues are still playing great football, but they are probably counting the points before a ball is even kicked. This loss should be looked at in a positive light, it should serve as a catalyst for the rest of the season. Whether it be a formation change, rotation or simply a change of attitude, something good should stem from today’s loss.

Losing Nemanja Matic to suspension was always going to hurt Chelsea, John Obi Mikel — his replacement — did not provide half of what the Blues get from Matic. The Nigerian even missed a free header from point-blank range, he had no idea where the goal was.

Cesc Fabregas also picked up a fifth yellow today, and will not be available for the match against Hull City. While Chelsea were comfortable without Costa vs Spurs, Matic was sorely missed, I can imagine Fabregas’ absence will be hard to deal with as well. The players need to exercise more discipline during matches, these suspensions are beginning to hurt the team.

Chelsea should by no means hit the panic button, their lead at the top may be only three points by the end of proceedings today, but there is no need for hysteria. Now that the pressure to remain invincible is off their backs, they can just get on with the football.