Jose Mourinho‘s Chelsea faced off against Arsenal in a match at the Emirates Stadium on Monday needing a win in order to steal top place from the Gunners. The outcome was a pathetic goalless draw that only benefited the other 30 teams in the league.
It was a huge missed chance for Chelsea. Mourinho’s first season in charge since leaving the club six years ago has been a bit rocky to say the least. They currently sit fourth in the Premier League heading into Boxing Day, where they can take top spot if Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal slip up.
Since the arrival of controversial coach, Chelsea has yet to find top form. Mourinho has had his worst league start as Chelsea’s manager this season, and has had plenty of chances of changing things around. Mourinho’s very public problems with left back Ashley Cole have seen the latter lose his place in the starting 11. Cole controversially attended Arsenal’s Christmas party last week, and let us not forget that he played for Arsenal and still loves them.
Cesar Azpilicueta will be taking his place in a defense that includes John Terry and either Gary Cahill or David Luiz. Azpilicueta has been one of the season’s bright spots as the Spaniard looks set to become a Chelsea regular.
I have been very surprised that Mourinho keeps relying so much on an old and erratic Frank Lampard and chooses to field him instead of the brilliant Juan Mata. Mata would be a regular for any other team in the world, but has to sit on the bench for Chelsea. It doesn’t make much sense. Lampard needs to retire or join the MLS; his best seasons are far behind him.
Chelsea has had numerous chances of turning things around and should be league leaders. The Premier League’s leading contingent have been marred by inconsistency, and any team that goes on a 10-match winning streak could run away with the league. I was surprised to see Chelsea play so poorly against Arsenal. Even with the addition of Samuel Eto’o, they seem as boring as ever.