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Victory in Kiev will ignite Mourinho and Chelsea’s disastrous season

20 Oct | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Victory in Kiev will ignite Mourinho and Chelsea’s disastrous season

The Champions League Group G clash won't be easy, though - Dynamo have lost just one of their last 10 European games at the Olympic Stadium

Not before time, but Chelsea may have belatedly kick-started their season with their 2-0 victory against Aston Villa last weekend.

Chelsea’s title defence has gone disastrously so far and, while unconvincing against Villa, securing a victory was more important than a polished performance.

The Blues will need to keep winning to have any chance at retaining the Premier League – they are currently 11th, 10 points behind leaders Manchester City.

They have been unrecognisable from last season and the solid defensive foundation that Jose Mourinho has built much of his managerial success on appears to have eroded.

Only three sides have conceded more goals than Chelsea (17) in the top flight.

For a serial winner like Mourinho, this is unchartered territory, so he responded by going back to basics on Saturday – all the way back.

Eden Hazard’s dazzling dribbling ability lit up English football last season, but the winger was left out of the starting eleven for not being diligent enough defensively.

Chelsea have created few chances and dropping Hazard hardly improved matters – their goals came from a defensive error and an own-goal – but the win has given them a platform to build from.

Next up is Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League and a victory could take them from third to first in Group G.

They are 7/4 to get all three points, but the Ukrainian champions will pose a much sterner test than Villa.

Sergei Rebrov’s men had gone 37 league games unbeaten before losing to Shakhtar Donetsk on Friday and they have won seven and lost just one of their last 10 European games at home.

Dynamo will be aiming to respond immediately as well and Chelsea have looked vulnerable when attacked with pace during the current campaign.

Andriy Yarmolenko and Junior Moraes can exploit that weakness and, with Miguel Veloso supplying the ammunition, the home side are slight favourites at 13/8.

With a potentially tricky trip to West Ham at the weekend, Mourinho might have rotated his selection, but Chelsea’s inconsistent form means he is likely to start his key players.

Diego Costa is expected to continue up front after returning from his domestic suspension to open the scoring against Villa.

Chelsea look far more dangerous when he is available and fully focused and the Spain international is 9/2 to get the first goal at the Olympic Stadium.

Pedro’s injury-enforced absence could also give Hazard a quick route back into the team and the winger is 11/2 to score at any time in a Chelsea win.

If Hazard, Costa, Cesc Fabregas and the rest play to their potential, the English side should win the game.

But few of their players can be relied upon at present, which explains why Mourinho has suggested he would take a draw – priced at 9/4.

Chelsea still have two home games to play, but a loss in Ukraine will make it tough for them to reach the knockout stages, especially if Porto, as expected, beat Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Elimination at this stage would be inexplicable for a club of their resources, and raise even more questions about Mourinho’s future at Stamford Bridge.

The Portguese says he is the best man for the job.

Now is the time for him to prove it.

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