Everyone associated with Chelsea Football Club would have hoped that things couldn't get any worse than last term's 12th-placed finish at the end of a harrowing campaign, but six games into the 2023-24 season, the Blues have hit a new low. One win, two defeats and three draws leaves the west Londoners languishing in 14th position in the Premier League, with Carabao Cup victories over AFC Wimbledon and Brighton offering little reprieve.
It is arguably now approaching two years since we have seen Chelsea at their best domestically, and it has been a story of cause and effect ever since. But who is responsible for this seemingly never-ending period of mediocrity and malaise?
GOAL assesses who must shoulder their share of the blame for the Blues' woes, as Mauricio Pochettino looks to pick up the pieces.