October proved to be a more challenging time for Andre Villas-Boas and Chelsea. After the initial good start to the Premier League season, a 1-0 loss to rivals QPR turned heads, especially as Chelsea showed poor discipline, reduced to 9 men.
Even a 5-1 drubbing of Bolton two days into the month could not offset the 5-3 defeat two days before the close of the month, again at the hands of rivals Arsenal. Andre Villas-Boas was struggling when it came to the big games.
The Carling Cup form continued to be shaky, with extra-time needed to prevail against Everton.
However, the Champions League was a bright spot for Chelsea, with a 5-0 thrashing of Belgium’s Genk.
Chelsea also furthered their plans for a new stadium in October, but ultimately failed in trying to buy back the rights to Stamford Bridge, making it financially difficult to move to a new stadium to generate a larger match-day revenue to compete with some of Europe’s elite.
Below are the posts from the month of October 2011.