“Chelsea are the champions of England for the first time since 2010. They have been the best team, Hazard has been the best player and Jose Mourinho has been the best manager” (the Guardian), “Jose Mourinho hailed his Chelsea players for their display in their Capital One Cup final victory over Tottenham” (Mirror). Chelsea won the Premier League in 2015, with a stacked team of superstars like Eden Hazard, Fabregas, John Terry and Diego Costa. In this solid season, only losing five games in all competitions, Jose Mourinho led the Blues to victory in England. I remember running around the house and jumping with joy, rubbing the accomplishment of 1st place in my brother’s face (who supports Arsenal). Everything seemed perfect at the moment, with Hazard winning PFA player of the year, and six players from Chelsea making the 11-player Team of the Year. What could ever go wrong with such a wonderful squad, passionate manager and unwavering confidence?
“Chelsea's decline in the Premier League is the worst in English top-flight history…and that's going all the way back to 1888.” (Daily Mail). With no significant purchases over summer, Chelsea began the 2015/16 season with the same squad, with belief that this beautiful run would continue. Well, they were wrong. The beginning of the season was beyond horrific, losing six out of our first ten premier league matches. Chelsea were in a rut, and nothing seemed to shake them from it. Being a Chelsea fan is a roller coaster; although we have moved from relegation zone to a current 10th place since the beginning of the season, we have lost all hopes of winning a single trophy this season, or even playing in a European cup next season. If people think going through a breakup is hard, this pain is much worse. The devastation of losing to teams that we beat with ease last year is incomprehensible. Not even losing from a bike in the 90th minute of your FIFA game is this bad.
When Jose got sacked as our manager, I was beyond mad. I found it ridiculous how we blamed our manager when it was obviously our team. From watching the games, it was evident not everyone wanted to win. The media was a nightmare too, blaming everyone at Chelsea for what is going on. Eden Hazard got most of the blame for his “poor form”; even people who claim to be fans harass him. This is disgusting, considering all that he has done for us. Even without a goal in the premier league so far this season and only two in all competitions, Hazard is class and his current form is temporary. When he comes back from injury and this much-needed break, he will perform. At Chelsea, the drive, the heart, the passion was missing, and even though some of it is back, we have a long way to go. But being a fan of football, for any club, has its ups and downs. From winning the league last season to 10th place this season, the emotional toil is hard to deal with, but I have to do it.
When I saw Chelsea play for the first time in person, it was one of the best days of my life. I remember first walking into the stadium in North Carolina and looking at the pitch to see Ivanovic passing the ball around with Azpilicueta, Hazard laughing while shooting on Courtois and Fabregas messing with the ball alongside Terry. I knew that this is my club, that these were my boys. Obviously I cried from being overwhelmed while one of my brothers laughed at me and the other hugged me. But my love for this club is hard to explain. We could get relegated and I would still support them. We won’t be in poor form forever (hopefully), and I will always cheer for them. Also no matter the form, a W against Arsenal is guaranteed, which is amazing each time.
We are one at Chelsea, and we will always be one. Blue is the color and football is the game.
P.S - Chelsea is a soccer team, not a girl.
Isa is a contributor for The Millennial Times.