Football
Chelsea supporters gripped with fear as question marks loom over future

As a starting point, if something isn't right at a football club, typically it's on the pitch where problems will eventually manifest themselves.

Apr.11 - SportLand: These are troubling times for Chelsea supporters. Stamford Bridge is shrouded in a fog of negativity the like of which has not been seen in the Roman Abramovich era, a silverware-laden period of success which has brought with it 14 major trophies.

The ebb in morale can be attributed to a range of issues which, when combined and assessed in the cold light of day, make for uncomfortable reading, particularly in respect of the fact there are no obvious answers to the many questions associated with them.

As a starting point, if something isn't right at a football club, typically it's on the pitch where problems will eventually manifest themselves. Chelsea exemplify this theory perfectly.

Since the turn of the year the Blues have picked up 12 points from 11 Premier League games. If the season had started on Jan. 1, the London club would be languishing in 14th place in the table.

Heavy defeats to also-rans Bournemouth and Watford, coupled with losses to Manchester United and Manchester City, and most stomach-churning of all a home drubbing by Tottenham Hotspur which ended a 28-year unbeaten streak against their fiercest rivals, have been hard to take.

Carabao Cup semifinal loss to Arsenal and equally lame Champions League round of 16 exit to Barcelona and it's easy to understand the gloominess enveloping the Bridge. Ordinarily, progress to the semifinals of the FA Cup might have been viewed as a silver lining to the dark clouds hovering over Chelsea, but not this time.

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