Last season, Chelsea were sitting comfortably at the top of the Premier League, sweeping aside every team coming in their way to the title. With 73 goals scored and just 32 conceded, Chelsea finished the season at the top with 87 points, 8 clear of the second placed Manchester City. Much of that was down to the brilliance of the entire Chelsea team: the electrifying Hazard, bullish Costa with Fabregas and Matic creating chances in the midfield along with a compact defense. This season, however, is a different story, rather opposite with Chelsea lying 16th in the table with a goal difference of -8.
ES takes a look at some of the key reasons for Chelsea’s Failure this term.
Costa’s interest in scrapping rather than scoring
Signed for 32 million pounds from Atletico Madrid, Costa made an instant impact on the Premier League, scoring 7 goals in his first 4 outings. With his physicality and goalscoring prowess, it seemed as if Chelsea finally have a world class striker, they craved for so long. 20 goals in the 2014/15 season proved to be vital as Chelsea marched to the Premier League Title. With just 3 goals in 16 matches this term, Costa’s confidence and performances are degrading alarmingly.
More than that, this season he has only made highlights for all the wrong reasons: from a quarrel with Gabriel in the game against Arsenal to tripping Casillas in the 2-0 win against Porto. Most of the times in a game, Costa is seen on either of the wings rather than inside the penalty area, a mark of a striker lacking confidence. Costa’s reluctance to make runs behind defenders or demand passes inside the penalty area hardly make it a surprise that he is not getting many scoring chances. His appetite to score seems to have lost and it looks as if he is more interested in picking up a fight.