Chelsea

Ti­tle odds 2016-17 5-1

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Star man Wil­lian

The Brazil­ian was one of a hand­ful of Chelsea play­ers who pro­duced any­where near his best form dur­ing the dis­as­trous first half of the sea­son that re­sulted in the sack­ing of Jose Mour­inho. He scored im­por­tant goals and his work-rate was an ex­am­ple for the likes of Os­car.

What went right?

Not a lot. The few plus points from the sea­son largely re­volve around young play­ers such as Kenedy, Ruben Lof­tusCheek and the in­jured Kurt Zouma, who did not let any­body down.

What went wrong?

Al­most ev­ery­thing. From the first day when Eva Carneiro ran on to the pitch to treat Hazard, the sea­son just lurched from one cri­sis to an­other. Guus Hid­dink came in and stead­ied the ship, but Chelsea are still a long way from where they should be.

Lame duck

It is hard to pick out one player, but Eden Hazard’s per­for­mances up un­til the last month were un­ac­cept­able for a player who had gen­uinely been one of the best in Europe just 12 months ear­lier.

What’s the ver­dict on Guus Hid­dink?

Hid­dink did a solid job but the at­ten­tion now switches to new man An­to­nio Conte. The Ital­ian’s brief is to get Chelsea straight back into the Cham­pi­ons League and as long as they are chal­leng­ing for a top-four place, then he should be safe.

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