The Blues aren’t top of the Premier League because they have fluked their way through a number of matches. Indeed, it’s commonly acknowledged that Chelsea have turned on the style in some matches, but have also rolled their sleeves up when necessary, especially in games away at Stoke City and Hull.
However, it appears that they simply thought they needed to turn up to win Tuesday’s match in Rome, something that came back to bite them on the backside after the Italian team beat them 3-1. Sky Sports reports that John Terry is licking his wounds after the defeat, claiming that the team needs to show more passion if they are to win anything this season.
Terry told the Evening Standard: “If we are going to perform like that we are going to get nowhere near the Champions League Final. That’s a simple fact.
“The final back in Rome is a big target and we want to come back here in May, but with that kind of performance and work-rate we have no chance.
“Overall it was disappointing that we didn’t even fight. Even after going 1-0 and 2-0 down we didn’t show the fight and desire that has got us here over the last few years.”
What went wrong with Chelsea on Tuesday night? Did they not have the right mindset from the word go? Did their opponents want the victory more than them? The Blues camp seemed relaxed and even jovial if Phil Scolari’s jesting about booking the same hotel for the final was anything to go by. Do you think that they’re still the team to beat in Europe?