Opinion: Chelsea failure is a collective responsibility
ESPN FC's Phil Lythell argues everyone at Chelsea should take responsibility for the club's struggles.
"To say that Chelsea's results in the past few months have been disappointing would be a colossal understatement. Three wins in 11 Premier League games since the turn of the year, elimination from the Champions League and being knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the semifinal stage by bitter rivals Arsenal have darkened the mood around Stamford Bridge.
"There are several reasons and theories behind Chelsea's dramatic slump since the festive period, though probably the most frustrating aspect has been their increasing inability to hold on to a lead. This fragility is a relatively new occurrence. Until Chelsea's 2-1 defeat at ManUnited in late February, they'd taken the lead in 15 Premier League games and gone on to win each one.
"Despite their previously excellent record in this regard, it had risen its head before in the campaign and to costly effect. Of course, losing a lead is not the end of the world if one can show sufficient mettle to get it back again. But since the turn of the year, Chelsea have restored their advantage and won a game just once - the 2-1 FA Cup quarterfinal win at Leicester - and even that required extra time.
"This flaw is something that was once anathema to Chelsea. There is no individual player to single out and not even one single area of the team to blame for this situation. Even the manager cannot be held to account for every poor decision made on the pitch. It is a collective responsibility and an issue that must be resolved if Chelsea are to bounce back next season."