I just want this season to end now for Chelsea. It has been nothing short of disastrous. We started the season as champions and among the favourites to win the title once again, but instead have pulled off the weakest title defence in Premier League history. The players have constantly let us down, and Saturday was just another sorry story in our season.
I understand that if a player is just struggling for form or not good enough, you have to accept that they make mistakes at times. However if a player is talented enough to be among the top players in the league and simply isn’t working hard enough to help their team, then that is unacceptable. This has been the story of our season. The likes of Eden Hazard and John Obi Mikel are good players, in Hazard’s case a top player, they just don’t work hard enough to show this. This makes it incredibly frustrating when we leave the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Bertrand Traore and Kenedy on the bench. Even though they may not be the most technically gifted players in our squad yet, they at least want to do well, unlike way too many players at the club.
Despite all this, we started the game pretty well, and took a deserved lead through Diego Costa, who is one of the men we should be looking to keep in the summer. It was a decent finish given it was a tight angle, and for someone who started the season in pretty poor form, he’s done well to get to 12 goals and six assists. I normally find a reason to complain about every goal we concede, because most of the time I am able to criticise the defenders. However with Wahbi Khazri’s goal there is nothing to pick out that we necessarily did wrong, because it was just an incredible volley.
I feel a bit sorry for Nemanja Matic this season. Last year he was comfortably the best defensive midfielder in the country but he’s just had a nightmare this year. There’s been a lot of uncertainty around him this season, and certainly at centre back which can’t have helped. I also think that coming on against Southampton then being taken off not long after shattered his confidence. I think he deserves another go next season because he is a quality player, and hopefully with a more stable team around him he can re-find his best form. His goal just before half time was an easy enough finish, and from then on we should have been able to kill the game off.
Instead we just seemed to sit back and let Sunderland come on to us a bit. All we had to do was just keep control of the ball in midfield because we do have players more than good enough to do that. They got the goal they probably deserved though when we gave Borini far too much space about 12 yards out, and the deflection gave Thibaut Courtois no chance. It was almost the same mistake that we made a few minutes later when we didn’t get close enough to Jermain Defoe, and for a man like him, he was never going to miss from that far out.
John Terry’s red card was yet another dreadful moment in our season, especially given that this will almost certainly be his last contribution in a Chelsea shirt, something which I still find absolutely ridiculous. The two yellow cards combined was a harsh red card, but I can’t really argue.
With two more games to go this season I just hope we don’t embarrass ourselves. We have been utterly hopeless at times in recent weeks, and with games against Liverpool and Leicester coming up in the next few days, we’ll be lucky to get anything out of them playing the way we have been.