James Wilkinson

An upstart soccer fan, James has been rabidly following Tottenham ever since Harry Kane took the world by storm. What he lacks in soccer knowledge he makes up for in pure passion for sports.

Do the Stats Support Chelsea’s Apparent Decline?

Eighteen months ago, Chelsea were coming off their worst finish in the Premier League table since 1996. The season ahead offered no Champions League football – a competition in which the Blues have become a mainstay – and the uncertainty of a new manager attempting to right the ship. Everyone knows how that turned out. Chelsea had the title locked up weeks before the season officially ended. With fans expecting a repeat campaign, hopes were high for potentially a third title in four seasons. However, going into this weekend’s match against Southampton, Chelsea sat in third, 11 points back of leaders Manchester City. So, what happened? Have Chelsea taken a slight step back or have other clubs improved around them?