If we had to talk about the team that experienced the biggest decline this season, then Chelsea would certainly be that team. The London team looked like they could be in contention for the top 4 and even the title. The names that came during the summer and winter promised a lot.
However, Chelsea experienced an incredible decline. The reason why is still unknown, but it is clear they will have to work on a lot of things. Next season, their coach could be Mauricio Pochettino. Chelsea fans hope that he can fix the difficult situation.
Premier League legends also gave their opinion. Michael Owen believes that Chelsea can be in the top 4 under the leadership of Mauricio Pochettino. ‘I think they will [finish in the top four next season]. The most important thing at that club is to get rid of players.
You can never, ever have a squad of that much quality and have harmony. You’re constantly draining all your energy trying to keep 30 players happy. I think the main thing now is to get rid of half a dozen players, focus on a smaller pool, and I think they will do alright next season.
It’s easier said than done… there’s some that will naturally go – whether that be due to age, not being good enough or coming up to the end of their contract. ’- he said, as quoted by METRO.
Michael Owen on Todd Boehly
Owen found Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly, who changed a lot of things inside the club, as the culprit. Owen believes that such radical moves have led to a bad situation. ‘You get new owners and Todd Boehly comes in, they get rid of Petr Cech, Marina Granovskaia, they got rid of all the football people at that club,’ -Hargreaves said.
‘Why would you get rid of all the football people? Now it looks like there are no football people at the club. The decisions they have made, it has been a mess, it has been reckless, spending £600m and finishing in the bottom half is ridiculous really.’