Three things Chelsea and Jose Mourinho need to do after opening day draw with Swansea

A quick look at what the club need to do after the opening day

Tom Sheen@Tom_Sheen
Tuesday 11 August 2015 15:47

Trust the squad players

It was well noted last season that Jose Mourinho had his favourite starting XI and the players outside of that could barely get a look in. John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic played in every minute of every Premier League game, Eden Hazard started every game, four others started at least 32 matches and outside of the starting XI (Coutois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Hazard, Willian, Oscar, Costa), only Ramires reached double figures for games started.

Fabregas and Costa notably slowed down as the season went on and Chelsea ran out of steam - they had been playing the best football in the division up until Christmas before wheezing over the line with 1-0 wins.

These aren't cheap or young players who warm the bench either. Mourinho was stung by a terrible performance at home to Bradford City that caused him to lose faith in some of the players but the likes of Loic Remy, Kurt Zouma, Juan Cuadrado, Ramires and John Obi Mikel were all bought for tens of millions.

Cuadrado especially hasn't been the player Chelsea expected when they signed him, but by getting rid of Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah they have left themselves short at the position. He should be given more of a chance, Chelsea need to at least be sure he can't adapt to life at the club.

There are talented youngsters at Stamford Bridge as well, although it is a bad sign that Ruben Loftus-Cheek has already incurred a public dressing down for his lack of effort in the post-season friendly against Sydney FC.

Is it too early to give up on Juan Cuadrado?

Add a signing or two

Following on from the above point, Chelsea's team has become a bit stale and predictable - Garry Monk arrived at Stamford Bridge knowing exactly who was going to play and how Chelsea were going to play.

If the move for Baba Rahman ever materialises it would be a good start and give Mourinho options and cover defensively. But Mourinho - if he is certain that Cuadrado is not the player they need - should add another attacking option.

Oscar remains inconsistent and Hazard is well overworked.

Baba Rahman appears to be close to a Chelsea move

Unleash Willian

There have been flashes of it throughout his Chelsea career, but the Brazilian is still to truly flourish as an attacking force - it's not entirely his fault, though, with Mourinho often using the 27-year-old as an extra midfielder to cover the right-back. He is absolutely brilliant at it, going about his defensive work with a relish few other wingers have.

But for a £32m forward it is frustrating to watch Willian so far removed from the danger areas. He's played 91 matches in his two seasons at the Bridge but has scored just eight goals and added 12 assists (one could reasonably add another for the deflected cross and own goal against Swansea).

Willian played well in the first-half on Saturday but he needs to be a bigger attacking force

He too often takes the easy option to keep possession and rarely drives at his defender; his final ball is often poor as well. Willian did come out aggressively on Saturday and was Chelsea's best attacking threat in the first-half.

The Thibaut Courtois sending off obviously changed the way Chelsea went about the game, but hopefully Willian will be allowed to continue in the way he started on Saturday afternoon.

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