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Reece James has highlighted three reasons why Chelsea are enduring such a miserable season.
The Blues are currently 10th in the Premier League table, winning just eight of their 24 matches so far. They have drawn and lost seven and nine matches respectively.
Chelsea were also knocked out early in both the FA Cup and League Cup, falling to defeat against Manchester City on both occasions, with both games in the third round of the respective competitions.
James highlights 3 reasons for Chelsea struggles
Injuries have undoubtedly played their part in the club’s struggles this season, with key defender James missing a large chunk of the campaign for that very reason.
The full-back has been limited to just 11 Premier League appearances due to a knee injury, with the defender only recently returning to action.
And James, who captained his club against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday after fellow defender Thiago Silva went off injured, has now explained his thoughts on the current failings.
The right-back believes there are three reasons why the Blues find themselves struggling so much; an ownership change, new coaching staff and of course the long list of new players arriving in recent transfer windows.
“The media and everyone on the outside makes a lot of noise about the form that we’re in,” said James, speaking to the Chelsea website. “We know where we are in the table and we know that the results haven’t been up to standard.
“We’re not where we want to be and expectations at this club are very high. A lot has happened this season, we’ve had the change of ownership, new coaching staff come in and we’ve got a lot of new players and it’s not always easy to adapt straight away.
“It’s tough but we are working and hopefully things can turn around soon. We have to buy into what we stand for, we’re all working hard and hopefully better times are around the corner.”
James analyses Spurs defeat
The miserable campaign has already witnessed Thomas Tuchel being removed from the dugout at Stamford Bridge, with current incumbent Graham Potter seemingly backed by the owners despite the worrying form.
It’s evident to see where the Blues are struggling, with Chelsea scoring just 23 Premier League goals this season. It sees them sitting 13th in the list for most goals scored.
At the other end, Potter’s men have been resolute, with only leaders Arsenal and Newcastle conceding fewer league goals than Chelsea. The Blues are level with Manchester City on just 25 goals conceded, with that tally better than high-flying Manchester United.
Chelsea’s latest loss against Spurs saw the club move to minus figures for goal difference, with defender James analysing the defeat against the club’s London rivals.
“We knew coming to Tottenham would be a tough game and our aim coming into the game was to win,” added James. “Conceding so early into the second half didn’t help with our confidence but all we can do is work through this.
“We’re sticking together, we’re working hard and hopefully with time we can get to where we need to be.”
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— Reece James (@ReeceJames) February 3, 2023