The big win earlier in the season before the decline was not a strange scenario for Chelsea. Frank Lampard himself experienced this when he was still playing.
The 2010/11 season marked the overwhelming strength of Chelsea in the early Premier League. The Blues team under coach Carlo Ancelotti won the first 5 rounds, scored 21 goals against opponents and conceded once. That’s including destructive victories such as 6-0 against West Brom, Wigan and 4-0 against Bolton.
Lampard, Drogba, Anelka, Malouda are prominent players of the Stamford Bridge team. But when the 2010/11 season ended, Ancelotti was fired.
Ancelotti’s Chelsea after 5 comprehensive wins at the beginning of the season lost in round 6 to Man City. Round 14 was the last time Chelsea was still on top of the table in the Premier League that year. They lost to Birmingham 0-2, being pushed out of the top spot before having a series of staffing problems in the second half of the season.
Exactly 10 years later, Chelsea is on a roadmap with certain similarities in the Premier League. They started the season with a win. The form then, judged by the extraordinary standards of the 2020 season and Chelsea’s goal, is also stable. There was a time when Chelsea approached the first place and was considered a candidate for the championship.
The absence of conductor Ziyech due to a muscle injury marked the period when Chelsea clearly declined. All four defeats to Chelsea must receive in the Premier League. In contrast, the Chelsea series played the most sublimation when the Moroccan player was present.
The constant intensity of the game is one of the reasons affecting Ziyech’s physical foundation, who just recovered from injury not long ago. In addition to Ziyech, Chelsea’s problem now lies in the expensive rookie group Timo Werner, Kai Havertz.
Both played disappointingly until now. Werner has been constantly missing opportunities in recent rounds. While Havertz is just a shadow compared to himself at Bayer Leverkusen.