There was a time when teams feared to play Chelsea; Chelsea were the toughest and fiercest team to play in the league and even the big teams were afraid of Chelsea. More so, Stamford Bridge was a fortress for the Blues, and no one dared to think of a victory at Chelsea’s stomping ground, but then, we lost all that at different phases were we were rebuilding the squad.
Jose Mourinho’s second stint at Chelsea brought back Chelsea’s fear factor, and we were hard to beat, both home and away. We went on to win the league in style two seasons ago, but since then it has been downhill for the Blues.
Since the start of last season, Chelsea’s fear factor have been lost; we didn’t have the belief in our team anymore and even our stomping ground became a strolling ground for the opposition; big teams won us, smaller teams won us and every team who came to Stamford Bridge came with the mind to win Chelsea. Every game was like a cup final, and we lost many. We became the most mocked team in the league and instead of teams to fear us, every match we played brought us fear. But we can say all that is over now.
Antonio Conte has revived Chelsea, and while it didn’t come instantly, a switch of formation was all the team needed to be solid at the back, maintain a good shape in midfield and pose enough attacking threats. A demoralising loss to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge and a woeful defeat to Arsenal took Chelsea to its lowest ebb, and I’m sure many teams would have seen Chelsea to be weak at the time. But all it took was a change in formation to bring back the Blues into contention for the title once more, and 3 victories with cleansheets and dominant display, especially with the 4-0 whooping of Manchester United was all we needed to restore Chelsea’s glory, and with Chelsea firing on all fronts, we have become a beast again.
It has taken just one formation and 3 games for Antonio Conte to restore Chelsea’s fear factor.