Brush, Fawlty and now surprise conquerors of Chelsea in Champions League group stage football. That is what the word ‘Basel’ now means to us all here in the Football Transfer Tavern – a tavern where Chelsea fans are still nursing a hangover after last night’s shock 2-1 home defeat to the Swiss side!
Jokes about eggs being cracked aside, Chelsea’s second – or third loss in a row – depending on if you count losing a Super Cup penalty shoot-out as failure and you have a situation which is certainly a little worrying.
Quite frankly, as one of our Chelsea supporting fans bemoans whilst hitting the tequila, they look a shadow of their former selves right now.
Claiming the side is young does not wash with the average age last night standing at 27. Also bemoaning the lack of a centre forward seems a little bit odd as Chelsea have three!
Not only that, but Mourinho had the chance to buy in the transfer window and brought in Samuel Eto’o. He also claimed he was happy with his squad and would not be making any additions in January. On last night’s performance, he may well be thinking again.
The Blues are lucky that Group E is one of the weaker ones. Had they dropped three points at home in Arsenal’s so-called ‘group of death’, Mourinho may well be panicking a whole lot more.
The situation is entirely salvageable at the minute – and Mourinho knows that he will have to pull out all the stops in the five remaining fixtures. In the Premier League, the Blues sit level on points with Manchester City and United – and will not be too worried about those ahead of them.
For now, what Mourinho and fans are worried about are the performances of late and the lacklustre attempts at winning a game. With that in mind, here are five things that Chelsea fans learnt from last night’s loss to Baeel. Look away now if you don’t have a drink in hand. Alternatively, if you dislike the Blues – or are Rafael Benitez – you may want to print this out and stick it up on our noticeboard!