With the FA Cup Final looming large on the horizon, these are worrying times for Chelsea supporters.
After going on a run of six games unbeaten, the display at Newcastle yesterday would seem to indicate that the wheels have fallen off big-time.
There are defeats and there are defeats!
Losing is part and parcel of the game, it is something you have to accept but as long as the team give their all, it is possible to hold your head up high.
Yesterday, the performance given bordered on shambolic, very few of the Chelsea players gave the level of performance expected whilst the majority looked as if they the end of the season couldn’t come quick enough.
As the events of the second-half unfolded, the travelling support, sat high up in the stand, looked shell-shocked and it was no surprise that they started to drift away long before the final whistle, probably eager to get the long journey south started.
After the game, Antonio Conte, who looked far from his normal energetic self on the touchline, had a few words for the media, with the boss remarking,
“We deserved to lose because our start wasn’t good and we suffered by losing every ball. Newcastle were more determined than us.
“We didn’t lose our Champions League place today, we had chances in the last two games, but to finish the season this way is not good for anyone connected to the club.
“When you are at the end of the season, this performance can happen, but the first person to answer for this must be the coach. I wasn’t able to convey that determination to my players.”
Source – BBC
If Conte has serious intentions of sticking around for another season, the manner of our display against Newcastle would have done him no favours.
To think, just a year ago, there were wild scenes of celebration after a goal from Michy Batshuayi, at the Hawthorns, had clinched the 2016 / 2017 title, things can change so quickly in football and it would appear that is the case at Chelsea with somebody, clearly, having taken their eye off the ball!