There is no excuse, no explanation for the performance we witnessed on Saturday. Both the players and the manager need to look at themselves.
You should be able to throw any Chelsea 11 together to face what is in effect a Championship side like Bournemouth and still come away as victors — yes, I am acutely aware that this sounds horribly patronising — but it does not change the facts.
I am finally beginning to lose faith in Mourinho. He is persisting with players that will eventually lose him his job. We, as supporters, have backed him as we could see that it was the players who were letting him down.
But by continuing to play them, then he has to share the culpability in terms of where we find ourselves.
Not playing a striker against Bournemouth at home is just madness. You don’t want or trust Costa, then play Remy.
I agree he’s not the greatest striker in the world but he’d have done a job. You don’t need a Messi to play against Bournemouth.
Mourinho talked post-match how they had practiced, practiced, practiced corners. What I saw were 11 embarrassing attempts at corners.
There were efforts that hit the first man, ones which sailed neatly into the hands of the unchallenged ‘keeper, indeed for three of them he didn’t even need to move or jump.
I know it is easy and flippant to talk about playing the kids but they really couldn’t be any worse. Mourinho was quick to publicly berate Loftus Cheek for an alleged bad attitude, yet we see first team players getting away with shocking attitudes week in week out on the pitch.
What kind of message does that send out?
And as for Costa, the fact that he was booked and then proceeded to kick the ball away, risking a red card, showed again that he didn’t care about the team or the result — only about himself.
I said last week that I thought we were turning a corner, well after this display I couldn’t have been farther from the truth. We are a rudderless ship with no leader on that pitch to take responsibility, to encourage, instruct, berate, organise.
Terry hasn’t done it all season and neither have any of the stand-ins. These are just a bunch of individuals going through the motions. They don’t care and it shows.
Oh to have the likes of Lampard, Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba.
Their bodies may be past it but I bet they would put every ounce of energy and heart into the game and that is what we fans want to see.
So where do we go from here? I would say bring in Loftus-Cheek and Kennedy for regular starts — but would that be fair on them?
It’s a big ask to come into a hugely under-performing team and turn it around. Will they instead find themselves adversely affected by the malaise that we are witnessing from the rest of the players?
Even if they ignore that and play their game will three players giving their all (Willian) be enough to see a change in fortunes?
The mindset of players is as important as their physical well-being, especially in young players, so do we risk damaging that to try and save a team that will inevitably be broken up this summer anyway?
What a mess. This state of affairs has given me sleepless nights — bet the players sleep like lords in their designer sheets while their bank accounts continue to expand.
They are safe in the knowledge that they will continue to get paid no matter what.
I bet the majority of them already have their agents conducting secret negotiations with other clubs so that they can start afresh elsewhere leaving their mess for someone else to clear up and the fans to ponder where it all went wrong.