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5 reasons behind Chelsea's poor display this season

Swagat Das
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Published 17 Mar 2018, 17:49 IST
17 Mar 2018, 17:49 IST

Manchester City v Chelsea - Premier League
This season has not gone according to Conte's plans

Chelsea have been one of the most successful clubs in England over the past few years. They have won five Premier League titles in the last fifteen years, rivalling Manchester United's dominance in the most competitive league on the planet.

Also, a total of 16 trophies in the last fifteen years, has placed the Blues amongst the elite European clubs.

However, the team also possess the tendency to fail miserably following a title-winning season like in the 2012-2013 season after winning the Champions League, the 2015-16 season under Jose Mourinho, and this season under Antonio Conte.

Now, let us look at the 5 reasons why Chelsea's form has declined in 2017-18 season

#1 Over-reliance on Eden Hazard

Brighton and Hove Albion v Chelsea - Premier League
Chelsea are over-dependent on their talisman

Eden Hazard is definitely one of the marquee players of the Premier League and is touted to be one of the top contenders of the Ballon d'Or alongside Neymar, Harry Kane, Kevin de Bruyne and Philippe Coutinho after the Messi-Ronaldo era.

He has been Chelsea's best player this season, just like in the title-winning seasons of 2014-15 and 2016-17. He has scored 15 goals so far and has chipped in with six assists, leading Chelsea's charge in most of the games.

The pressure of performing in each and every game has taken its toll on the diminutive Belgian. This has been evident in the recent few games, including the Champions League game at Camp Nou against Barcelona.

Stats reveal that Chelsea definitely lose the game if Hazard fails to make an impact. Adding to his worries, he is often used by Antonio Conte in the 'False 9' position instead of his natural left-winger position where he functions to a devastating effect.

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