Chelsea are in serious danger of missing out on a Champions League place if they do not address their current slump in form.
That is the view of Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer, who has highlighted three main reasons why the Blues are struggling to pick up points at the moment.
Frank Lampard ’s men held a healthy cushion over the chasing pack in the Premier League until recently but are now looking over their shoulders.
And a 2-2 draw at lowly Bournemouth on Saturday means Manchester United will move to just one point behind them if they win at Everton on Sunday.
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After starting the season well, Chelsea’s young team seem to be stuttering just at the wrong time.
And a 3-0 home loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday highlighted just how far away from replicating their glory years they are right now.
Analysing the game against Bournemouth on Match of the Day, Shearer gave his reasons for their current dip in form.
“Chelsea had a nine point cushion to fifth in November but that could go to one tomorrow if Manchester United win,” said the former Newcastle forward.
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“They are conceding too many goals, that is 39 conceded, but there is also no consistency in the players they are using in the back line.
“Marcos Alonso, a defender, scored both their goals today and it is not enough, they need other players to contribute.”
Indeed, Chelsea are in danger of watching their season capitulate before their eyes if they are not careful.
They are highly likely to be knocked out of the Champions League unless they can overturn a three-goal deficit in Munich.
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And that would leave them with just the FA Cup to play for as well as the race for the top four.
Lampard’s men welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge next week in the fifth round of the competition.
And with the Reds losing their first Premier League game of the season at Watford on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp may well be tempted to play a stronger team than he was originally planning.
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