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Chelsea disaster: three solutions to get out of the crisis

Date: February 27, 2024 Time: 07:27:37

Chelsea’s season has been a huge flop. The summer change of ownership put an end to the Roman Abramovich era, in which the club had set standards for many years, a clear strategy and ways of solving problems that were understandable to everyone at Stamford Bridge. With the arrival of Todd Bowley, everything collapsed – the Londoners miraculously reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League, but combined all domestic tournaments and is unlikely to end the season above the eighth line – the club will overcome the European title competitions. first time in many years.

Even without looking at the results, one can understand that the club is in a fever: Chelsea started the season with Thomas Tuchel and will end with Frank Lampard, meanwhile managing to buy Graham Potter from Brighton and sack him. Bowley acted like a typical manager with money, little versed in the subject: he filled the team with expensive newcomers and decided that the total cost of the composition guaranteed success. Experience has shown that it is not loot bags that enter the field.

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The club’s problems do not end outside the field and the technical area. Along with Abramovich, the blues also left such top managers as Marina Granovskaya, who ensured the success, stability and status of one of the European giants. Putting it all together, Chelsea fans get a sad and unpromising picture. Let’s highlight three main problems and find out how the club can get back on track.

Problem: Total uncertainty Solution: Appoint a permanent coach as soon as possible

If you step into the shoes of a footballer, it’s easy to understand why it took temp Frank Lampard six games to score his first points. Both the coach and the players understand that the legendary Chelsea and England player is just warming up his seat on the coaching bench. In press conferences, Lamps already talks about his future workplace and does not even admit the possibility of staying. With these results, this is not surprising.

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The situation is almost the same with the players – how they will show themselves at the end of the season, most likely, will not affect their prospects in any way. What’s the point of trying if there are no chances for medals and even qualification for European competitions (and the salary bonuses that are due for this), and you can’t even imagine what the club will look like in a couple of months?

Frank is likely to end a contract at short notice, but the sooner Chelsea announce the name of his successor, the better for everyone. The club will be able to plan pre-season and transfer work taking into account the wishes of the future coach, the new specialist will begin to get acquainted with the workplace, and the players will understand that each successful action on the field adds respect to them in the eyes of the new boss.

There are plenty of top-tier options on the market, and Bowley’s has plenty to choose from. On the heels of Potter’s sacking, the tabloids began sending Julian Nagelsman, Luis Enrique and Mauricio Pochettino to Stamford Bridge, the Argentine coach in recent weeks being named as Lamps’ most likely replacement. Poch did not succeed at PSG, but over the years at Tottenham he has earned a reputation as the toughest specialist, capable of squeezing the most out of the squad. The Argentinian is familiar with the Premier League and London, so there shouldn’t be any adaptation problems.

Mauricio Pochettino

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Problem: Poor performance Solution: Update line of attack

Chelsea have only scored 36 goals in 36 Premier League games. In the Premier League, only three teams have less (Wolverhampton – 30, Southampton – 31, Everton – 32), two of them lagging behind in the relegation zone, and one flew ahead of schedule. The blues tried many options, but neither the transfer of Kai Havertz to the center of the attack, nor the transfer of João Félix from Atlético, gave results.

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The German should go back down to his native position and allow him to participate in direct functions, and it is better to return the Portuguese to Madrid to establish relations with Diego Simeone. In the summer, Romelu Lukaku will return from Inter to London, but the Belgian looks like his own shadow for the second season.

In a couple of days, the striker will turn 30, so for a young team under construction, such an attacker is unlikely to be suitable for the long term. Another status-age striker on the contract is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The 33-year-old Gabonese unexpectedly started the match for Arsenal, but was replaced at half-time – 45 minutes was enough to understand that the attacker is comfortable with a high salary and without regular playing practice.

Pierre Eric Aubameyang

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To some extent, the Blues have already solved the problem: Christopher Nkunku, 25, from Leipzig, will join the team in the summer. Stryker has been rocking the Bundesliga and Champions League for several seasons now, with each transfer window fueling rumors of an impending promotion move. In the course of this season, the clubs agreed on a transfer, so Chelsea will have at least one top striker.

A couple of years ago Timo Werner followed the same path and it’s easy to remember how he ended his career at Stamford. Relying on one player isn’t worth it, so the Londoners will have to enter the market for at least one additional striker. The ideal candidate recently gave Napoli its first Scudetto in three decades: Victor Osimhen.

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The main obstacle for the Nigerian’s transition is the president of the Neapolitans, Aurelio De Laurentiis. The official has already said that he will not let the striker go anywhere this summer, but he says the same thing every time clubs with tight wallets come after one of the team’s leaders. The second nuance is the obvious desire of the player to play in the Champions League.

Problem: swollen composition Solution: get rid of ballast

Bowley hit the shopping addiction so hard that there simply wasn’t enough room for newcomers in the old locker room. There are three dozen players in Chelsea’s first team, and the 2022/2023 season should teach Todd the obvious: quantity in football rarely translates into quality.

Todd Bowley

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The effect was predictable: too many players are not happy because of the rare appearance on the field and are not ready to do their best in training, knowing that they have very few opportunities for game practice. It’s impossible to manage such a gigantic roster: either you develop interactions between the optimal mix of players and their closest reserves, or you try to give everyone time. But this is not youth football, the main thing here is victory, not participation.

Another impetus is fair play financial restrictions, which, without Champions League revenue, will put further pressure on the Londoners. The club have spent over €600m across two transfer windows, so Chelsea will have to make a fair amount of money from sales to stick to all the rules. The American owner found sporting directors during the season: Paul Winstanley and Lawrence Stewart have a hot preseason.

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Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Edouard Mendy, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Cesar Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are likely to be among the starting candidates given their contract situation and lack of playing time. With the sale of these players, it is unlikely that the club will earn more than 100 million euros, so more valuable assets will have to be distributed.

They are followed on the list by Kepa Arrizabalaga, Mason Mount, Kalidou Koulibaly and Mateo Kovacic. Chelsea would have preferred to keep those four, but Mount and Kovacic are running out of contracts in the summer of 2024 and Kepa and Koulibaly are gaining disproportionately for their contribution on the pitch. With Denis Zakaria and João Felix all but certain to return to their respective clubs, the number of departures could be in the double digits.

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Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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