As results so far this season have shown, something is wrong at Chelsea. Manager Jose Mourinho is under increased pressure; he appears to be close to breaking point. His eternal faith in the likes of Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry is proving to be misplaced, as they have not impressed thus far this season. In addition to this, transfer policy, media pressure, controversy and the decision by Mourinho to reward his players with an extra week off before the new season commenced would be hindrances to the club.
Whilst it is widely believed that Chelsea can still mount a serious title challenge, which is still possible (Newcastle could also), many are beginning to question whether it would be best for Mourinho to remain at the helm. Arguably the greatest manager in Chelsea history, so far this season he has been unable to properly motivate his players. Despite this, he has still managed to bring much controversy to the club and has accumulated a number of hefty fines because of this. Risky signings such as Radamel Falcao have failed to deliver thus far and Costa and Matic have got themselves into big trouble with the FA so far this season. To make matters worse, Eden Hazard (another player who has failed to deliver so far) has been linked away from the club. Amongst all of this, constant pressure and attention from the media means that morale in the camp is lower than it was at any point in the last campaign.
The west London club, who currently sit 15th in the table, 9 points off the top 4, do have a long season ahead of them.