Sunderland Humiliation Reveals Chelsea’s Desperate Need To Spend

Chelsea v Sunderland, Premier League 14/11/2010 Sunderland's players applaud their fans after the 0-3 win over Chelsea  Photo Marc Atkins Fotosports International Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom
Sunderland’s shock win at Stamford Bridge has sent shockwaves rippling through English football. How could a side that are a usually so brutally clinical be out-played and out-classed in their own backyard?

In many ways it would be unfair to be overly critical of Chelsea’s display because it would take the shine of a Sunderland performance which was arguably their best ever in the Premier League. Steve Bruce’s side were nothing but superb, not only in their effort and application but their ruthlessness too.

But as good as Sunderland were, Chelsea were equally poor. Carlo Ancelotti will put the blame at injuries to the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Alex, as well as the suspension of influential midfielder Michael Essien.

In years gone by though a Chelsea squad would have easily been able to cope with an injury crisis, and you have to question the clubs decision to constantly let players go without replacing them? Yes they are trying to cut costs, but is it worth seeing the team suffer?

The Chelsea squad is drastically ageing, and in the next few years they will need to invest heavily in their playing squad if they are to remain competitive with the likes of Manchester City, because if they don’t Roman Abramovich’s dream of a Chelsea empire will rapidly slip away.

When the Russian arrived in West London there was an intense period of investment in to the playing squad, but this slowly decreased and over the last few seasons the incomings transfers at Stamford Bridge have been few and far between.

Deco, Michael Ballack, Joe Cole and Ricardo Carvalho were the big name departures from Stamford Bridge in the summer, and no matter how strong the squad that won the double was last season was, no side can lose that sort of talent and expect to be as strong.

The Chelsea bench on Sunday demonstrated Ancelotti’s problem with only Salomon Kalou boasting any real experience in the Premier League. While the Italian must be praised for bringing through young players and giving them a chance, it is highly unlikely that this will bring the success that Abramovich demands.

Personally I still think Chelsea will win the league this season, because their first team is so strong, but if they continue to have bad luck with injuries there may be plenty more shock results to come. Chelsea were once the team with best squad in the league, this simply isn’t the case anymore.

25 thoughts on “Sunderland Humiliation Reveals Chelsea’s Desperate Need To Spend”

    1. Complete and total lies. Chelsea’s senior players comprise 19 players out of the 25 allowed. There are 2 free places for foreign players and 4 free places for “homegrown” players.

      There are 19 (NINETEEN) players with a squad number under age 21.

      Old team? When the team was older (before Ballack, Beletti, Carvalho, Deco & Cole were released) it won the double.

      The fact is, the squad is too small and far too full of young players.

  1. The only revelation from Saturday’s game is who not to play at centre back. The back 4 was so weak, that Sunderland could exploit Chelsea’s defense with only 3-4 players the entire game and have the rest of the team sit behind the ball. When a team can score with just 3 players and have 8 people behind the ball, something is wrong.

    Dont get me wrong: Sunderland played beautiful football on several occasions (Gyan’s goal) and all credit to them, however it wouldn’t have happened had Chelsea had either Alex or Terry (or both) in the back. The pairing of Ivanovic and Ferreira was terribly poor, and as everyone knows Ferreira is a second rate RIGHT BACK at best, not fit to play centre back under any circumstances (based on his performance against Sunderland) . Ivanonvic, who is also a right back, only plays Centre back on rare occasions when Terry or Alex is out. Bosingwa is just now returning to match fitness, and, is still remembering the flow of the game and getting back into it. Ashley Cole gave up a terrible goal that sealed the deal for Sunderland, and that was that.

    Chelsea do NOT need to spend to win. That was not the case on Saturday. The pairing at centre back and the torrid performances of the rest of the team ensured the loss. With key players like Lampard and Essien out, the midfield was lacking creativity and Ramires was taken off halfway through the second half to make way for a 17 YEAR OLD. That sums up his performance right there.

    At any rate, dont get too excited; Chelsea will probably go back to winning ways. And the spending is not the issue, however a new creative midfield player and a striker might be nice.

    1. Agreed. I also don’t think they need to buy many more but an additional 1 or 2 could help out when such a situation arises again. But definetely, this was just one game and all teams have a bad day once atleast.

  2. Pastore is very happy at Palermo and has expressed his intentions on signing a new contract.

    I agree Chelsea need to invest, but i also believe you can throw in MU in there because they need to as well.

  3. Desperate need to spend? You’re off your rocker! Were you even around before a couple of years ago?

    We were missing four critical playes. And quite simply, selection choice and bad football led to a bad loss.

    It’s football. It happens. Good teams lose. That doens’t mean that we have to go out and spend money to make sure this doesn’t happen again – the players we have are more than able to do this on their own.

  4. the truth of all is that we get a very strong central defender to cover up our great captain in a situation like this.And drog should bulkled up this not childs play .BLUES FOR LIFE.

    1. “I wasn’t that surprised by this result”…. I stopped reading your comment after that. How is it possible to not be surprised by this result?

      1. Because some of us are used to non-predictable sports leagues where teams actually upset each other.

        In the NFL, 50% of playoff teams are new each season.

        In MLS, the #5 and #7 teams will meet for the championship next week.

        In the Bundesliga, Dortmund is in first and Champions League Schalke is in the relegation zone.

        1. Your comparisons aren’t really fair.

          In the NFL, teams only play 16 regular season games (so one-off shock results make a much bigger difference in where you finish in your conference), teams don’t even all play the same schedule (even within each conference), and you only have to finish top (or even second) of a four team conference to make the play-offs. All of that means a couple of fluke results during the regular season has a much greater effect on who makes the play-offs, so it is to be expected that it is hard to predict who will make the playoffs.

          The MLS comparison is equally poor. The fact that the “#7 team” is fighting for “the championship” just shows that they’ve got a wacky tournament structure, not that the league is inherently less predictable than the EPL. And the fact that it’s #5 vs #7 just shows that in a knockout series (like the play-offs), oddities are a lot more common than in a round robin league format (like the EPL). A fairer comparison would be to compare the MLS with the FA cup or Carling Cup.

          The Bundesliga comparsion is fairer. I don’t really follow Bundesliga that closely, so I’m not sure I understand the significance of Dortmund being near the top – historically they’ve always been one of the stronger teams. Have they been through a bad patch recently? On the other hand, Schalke being in the relegation zone is not much different to Liverpool’s situation this season.

  5. Chelsea looked weak, but it’s a bit of an overreaction to say they need to go out and spend now.They’re still in first and still have superior depth to everyone but Man City, who thus far have shown limited chemistry and are lucky to be in fourth.

    This kind of reminds me of everyone talking doom and gloom about Manchester United a few weeks ago when they still hadn’t lost a single game. And still haven’t. EPL fans are weird…

  6. chelsea have 2 spend a nic amount 2 gt the squad stronger v shud gt torres no matter jow he is he is fast n amazing n will b needed aftr a year bcoz of drogbas age

  7. Panic at the disco, two bad results and a crisis, all this shows is that Chelsea are human and without 4 key players they can have bad games.

    As I have been saying for a long while December will be the test of CFC if they have the players back and fit the title could be over by end of Jan.

    However should they continue to falter we could have a three or four way title race as no sides have shown genuine quality and consistency this season.

  8. its better we loss so that we can know our weak point.what chelsea need is to sign 1 or 2 centre defender and a striker that can play alongside of drogba.anelka always kills the attacking mental.ferrera is my fair in the squad and ramires needs to be more mobile in the pitch.there is need 4 new signing this summer.

  9. This article is an overreaction in my opinion…
    but I agree that we should possible buy a midfielder and maybe central defender in January. Essien and Lamps out for that game proved this. Ramires has been fine, sure he’s struggled a little bit, but remember Malouda a few years back? Ramires will adapt to the league.

    We’ll see what happens…

  10. A central defender would make sense, but ultimately, could prove to not be needed. The last thing I want to see is for us to spend (or over spend) money on players who rot on the bench and become unhappy. We’re not City……..

    I would love to see someone like Hamsik signed, but I just don’t see it happening this winter.

  11. i dont think they need to spend tell me a team which can play without their ace players terry controls defense lamp essien the midfeilds this article is an ovvvverreaction to the result but it shows they have very high expectation fron the club gud to have this

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