Chelsea have already begun to repeat the same pattern of results they had in 2010, and this could impact on their title challenge. How they react to this will determine how ready they are this season to challenge for the title.
What pattern of results did Chelsea have in 2010 that they are already repeating and what impact could it have on their title quest should they fail to react to it on time? The following paragraphs address these questions.
Chelsea already built a legacy when they won the English Premier League title in 2009/2010, beating Wigan 8-0 on the final day of the English Premier League round of matches. And expectations went high. In the 2010/11 EPL season, they were expected to be unstoppable, as well as win the league title for the second time in a row.
Chelsea started the season brightly in 2010, with 5 victories out of 5 games. In their first two matches of the 2010-11 season, they smashed West Bromwich Albion 6-0, and Wigan Athletic 0-6, scoring 12 goals and conceding none. They also overcame Stoke City, West Ham United, and Blackpool to complete a perfect EPL record.
However, in their sixth match of the season against Manchester City on September 25th, 2010, Chelsea lost 0-1 to Manchester City. I believe that that is where they began to lose their confidence and belief that they could win the league title, and in the end, they surrendered the title to Manchester United, and eventually ended up in second place.
Chelsea are already repeating this same pattern of results, especially after announcing their superiority with a UCL title win last season.
The pattern of league results that Chelsea obtained this season is no different from the pattern set in 2010. This season, Chelsea have already had a near-excellent result in the EPL. They defeated Crystal Palace and Arsenal in their first two matches this season before drawing with Liverpool. However, they came back strong, beating Aston Villa and Tottenham by the same goal margin (3-0, 0-3).
But just like in 2010, match day 6 happened to be a fixture involving Chelsea and Manchester City on the 25th of September 2021, and Chelsea lost in the same pattern to Man City, 0-1 (same day, same fixtures, and same results). And this match has already completed the pattern of results of 2010. Sadly, the loss against Chelsea also impacted on Chelsea's next match against Juventus, which they also lost 0-1.
The sad part of this back-to-back defeat is the psychological effects it will have on the players and maybe the coach, who may all begin to question their ability, and may even doubt their ability to win the title.
So, in my opinion, these are potential signs that the pattern of 2010 has already begun to repeat itself, and Chelsea should do everything in their power to act upon this pattern of results now, or else it could impact negatively on Chelsea's quest this season for the EPL title.
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