5 Chelsea Players Who Have Flopped This Season
The Blues risk not qualifying for next season’s Champions League. Here are five players who contributed to their poor season.
Chelsea coasted to a hard-fought 2-1 win over Burnley on Thursday night, with Victor Moses scoring the winner in the game. However, the Blues still remain in sixth position and their season is still very much appalling.
It has so far been a mixed season for Chelsea, as the club faces the prospect of missing out of the Champions League. Having dominated English football last season, Antonio Conte and his men were expected to make a further leap this campaign, both domestically and in Europe.
However, with just over a month to the end of the 2017/18 season, the Blues find themselves in a precarious situation – out of the Champions League, out of the Premier League title race, and risk missing out on a place in Europe’s flagship competition next season.
A lot of factors have accounted for Chelsea’s slump in form. But key among them has been the underperformance of certain stars in the team.
Last season, the Blues claimed the title not because they boasted the best squad in England but because some players played above themselves. This season, things have not worked quite the same way, with players badly flopping when it matters most.
Here are five Chelsea players who have badly disappointed this season:
#5 Thibaut Courtois
Last season was perhaps one of Thibaut Courtois’ best since he returned to Chelsea from his loan stint at Atletico Madrid. The Belgian was in top form throughout the campaign as the Blues scooped the Premier League trophy with ease.
However, the 25-year-old has failed to replicate his heroics this season and has been badly out of form since the beginning of the campaign. Chelsea may have boasted a stronger defense last season, but Courtois always proved reliable when the defensive unit was exposed.
He has just not been himself for the Blues this term, and although he still boasts 12 clean sheets, he has been way short of his best.
Last season, Courtois won the Golden Gloves after keeping 16 clean sheets, beating the impressive David de Gea to the prize. But, in this season, he has been a major flop for the Blues.