Since Guus Hiddink replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho as the new Chelsea manager, things have started to turn around. Chelsea are now undefeated in five games under Guus Hiddink. Two draws and three wins (including the FA cup win against Scunthorpe) have rejuvenated the side and an air of positivity seems to fill the Stamford Bridge. The biggest change is that players look happy on the pitch and this seems to reflect on their performances, and the performances in turn reflect on the scoreline.
Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Oscar who were dismal during first half of the season under Jose Mourinho, now seem to have found form and are in good nick at the moment. Diego Costa and Oscar especially seem to have totally turned around their misfortunes/lack of effort and find themselves on the scoresheets yet again.
The mercurial Diego Costa who was dismal under Mourinho but has been pumping in goals of late and Oscar, has been creating a load of chances for the Chelsea forwards. Other players like Willian and Azpilicueta are doing their business as usual with solid performances. The only exception is Hazard who has been suffering from minor injuries and hasn't had much game time.
Can this be attributed to the change in coach? No. A big No. I would like to echo the point of Mr. Tony Pulis the manager of West Brom here. There are other reasons for this change in the fortunes of Chelsea. I would attribute this to players being happy on the pitch and off the pitch as well.
Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea held a meeting with the players after Jose Mourinho was sacked. This seems to have cleared the air and done a world of good for the Chelsea players. Another factor is the emergence of talented youngsters like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy and Traore who provide decent competition for the first teamers.
Have Chelsea woken up finally? Yes. Are Chelsea returning to their best? Well, maybe. But one can definitely say the sinking feeling has finally vanished and the blues can expect a final flourish, even though only time will tell if the top four chances are gone or still possible.