I had other things to speak on today, other more important things filled with a lot of emotion but instead I want to take a breath and focus on something a little more light hearted and less heavy. I want to speak on the other less emotional rough spot, this one related to sports. The manager of my beloved Chelsea Blues, Jose' Mourinho resigned from his role with the team, leaving way for someone else to take the reigns. Now for all you Chelsea haters and Mourinho loathers out there, i’m sure you’re as thrilled as can be but for me it’s a tough one. On one hand I can see the need for him to go as many believed that he had lost the ear of the players in the locker room.
It’s been said that the players have tuned him out and cease to listen to him, that he has lost the ability to motivate the same group of guys that were last years Premier League Champions. This year, sitting merely one point away from the relegation zone, it signifies a monumental collapse and perhaps the steepest decline of any defending champion in EPL (English Premier League) history. The team looks absolutely dead on the field, they lack all sorts of creativity and the defense in terrible. As someone who plays soccer as a left back (or football for any of my readers who aren't in the U.S.), watching the Chelsea defense gives me heartache.
The most frustrating part of it all is the fact that you're watching these performances come from a team that has immense talent. But the fact of the matter is that the defense looks disorganized and the team as a whole looks absolutely lazy. On the other hand, Mourinho is the most decorated manager in Chelsea’s history and with exception of this season all he has done with this team and any other team he has managed is win.
Mourinho has been successful everywhere that he has been, no matter what league. He's won it all whether it be league titles, cup titles, or winning big with the Champions League. You would like to say just be patient and let him work through this with the players. Let the manager and his players figure this turmoil out and it could potentially make them even more dangerous and unbeatable when they learn to come out of the adversity together. But in the world of professional soccer and with the business of the sport, the millions upon millions of dollars involved, and the politics in the sport I realize that Mourinho having to leave the team is something that was inevitable and was bound to happen with the weekly results everyone was seeing from the team. Pundits and enemies that Mourinho has made in the media and opposing managers alike have been expecting this to happen weeks ago and were wondering what the hold up was.
I can imagine that team owner Roman Abramovich was most likely thinking and hoping just like I was, that Jose' could turn the team around and that it was only a matter of time before such a successful coach and motivator that Jose’ Mourinho is known to be, would figure out the right buttons to push to get the team moving in the right direction. Unfortunately that day never came, as I along with many other die hard fans watched and kept track of each and every game hoping for a victory and some semblance of improvement. There’s a lot of speculation about who will be the next manager in line but to tell the truth I really don't care. I want the players that I cheer for every weekend to step up and take pride in themselves and the game. I want Diego Costa to stop flopping around the field and instigating fights and focus on holding up the ball better, tracking back some and scoring goals.
I want to see Cesc Fabregas defend better, see the proper runs and make the best passes and I want to see young guys like Kurt Zouma perform more consistently while others like Kenedy and Ruben Loftus-Cheek actually get in the game more to improve and make their mark on the team. We need to see more out of our youth system instead of selling them off or loaning them away for years on end while paying exorbitant transfer fees for older players who aren't producing for the squad now. And we need leaders like John Terry used to be, to step up and be accountable as well as holding their teammates accountable for terrible play. Until we get those things, no matter who becomes manager, Chelsea will never reach their true potential as a team. So as of now, I mourn (not really) in the way that a true fan would, and wait eagerly for the future of the team, hoping it’s brighter than it is now!