First, it was the game against Brentford. Chelsea looked disjointed last weekend against The Bees, but many thought it was just a blip. Real Madrid then capitalized and efficiently exposed Chelsea’s defensive lapses at the Bridge last night. Now, on the brink of crashing out of the Champions League, and also getting pulled back into the top 4 tussle, where or who will the Chelsea squad turn to for inspiration?

For many Chelsea fans, it has been chaotic since their 4-0 win over Juventus back in November. That was when everything started going wrong. Ironically, that match against Juventus is arguably Chelsea’s best performance this season. Ben Chilwell got injured in that match, and it ruled him out for the rest of the season. Even after beating Juventus to top Group H, Chelsea disappointingly played a 3-3 draw in Russia, which caused them to finish second on the group.

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Injuries to another key defender in Reece James meant Chelsea drew more games than any other top 6 side towards the end of 2021 – they lost pace in the title race. The FIFA Club World Cup was a beautiful distraction from the fact that their EPL title challenge was over. Since winning the FWCC, Chelsea Football Club have faced it all. Sanctions, Uncertainty, Club sale, Losing the Carabao Cup final, and now their recent performances.

Who/What Will Inspire Chelsea?

It is not a new thing for Chelsea fans. The club knows how to roll out of a difficult period, but who will provide the inspiration now?

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Thomas Tuchel has been the shining light for Chelsea in recent months, but even he might need to be inspired now.

Facing Southampton on Saturday should not only be about getting three points, it should be about getting the fans to believe again. Players need to look to the heroes of the past who have been through it all before. The likes of John Terry and Petr Cech are still at the club. They need to help inspire the squad.

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The first step will be to raise their level on the pitch of play. The first 45 minutes against Southampton at St Mary’s should show a team playing with heart and confidence again and then they’ll build again from there.

The blues are still in the final of the FA Cup, there is still a trophy available this season. They have already won the Super Cup, and the Club World Cup, adding the FA Cup will cap a challenging, but successful campaign for the blues.

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