Scolari Sacked: Chelsea’s Slow Descent Into Madness Continues Apace

It’s now the second week in February. At the weekend, Chelsea were held at home by Hull City and were shunted into fourth place by Aston Villa. Their season is far from over. They’re still in the Champions League and they’re still in the FA Cup and, were it not for the fact that Manchester United have been so outstanding over the last couple of months, grinding out results like some sort of team full of hideous football match winning robots, one would look at the Premier League table and think that they still had an outside chance of winning that. Chelsea, though, aren’t like most other clubs. It wouldn’t be completely unfair to say that Felipe Scolari never stood a chance. In the interests of even-handedness, however, here’s the case for the prosecution. Dumped out of the League Cup, Chelsea’s players have seldom looked like they have the stomach for much of a fight this season. One of the key characteristics of Chelsea over the last four or five years or so has been their relentlessness. This season, however, they have been dumped out of the League Cup by Burnley and given an almighty fright in the FA Cup by Southend United. The winning habit has been broken, and teams are no longer scared of them. Ultimately, however unfair this may seem, the buck for this stops with...

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