Chelsea’s struggles are tactical not a “third season” symptom

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The lack of success in Jose Mourinho’s third seasons has always been a source of criticism. In his fifteen years of management he has never stayed at the same team after the third season. His return to Chelsea was to create a dynasty and become Chelsea’s equivalent of Manchester United’s Alex Ferguson or a successful version of Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger. But what can be said of the fact that the start of the “Mourinho third year” in his latest reign as Chelsea manager corresponds to Chelsea’s worse start of a league campaign in the Premier League era? Read the rest of this entry »

Pedro on the wing and no Terry – Alan Pardew can really hurt Chelsea

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A struggling Chelsea entertains an in-form Crystal Palace in what could be one of the matches of this weekend. Chelsea goes into this match without their talismanic skipper and with an adjustment to their front three following the arrival of Pedro from Barcelona earlier this month. Read the rest of this entry »