4 teams ‘too big to go down’ that Chelsea should examine


They’re only one point off the relegation zone, but there doesn’t seem to be much panic that Chelsea could end up playing in the Championship next season.

Indeed, the Blues are 80/1 to be relegated with Ladbrokes and, when you compare that to the 40/1 on 7th place Watford, it’s a generous price.

Of course, people will argue that the champions have too much quality to go down, but, as the west Londoners learnt when they were relegated in 1988, no team is too big to go down.

Here are four more teams for Jose Mourinho to take caution from:

Manchester United

Being arguably the biggest team in English football couldn’t stop Man Utd going down in 1974, with a goal from former Red Devil Dennis Law giving Manchester City the win to relegate their Mancunian rivals in the cruellest way possibly.

United had only won seven of their 20 league titles at that time, but had won the European Cup only six years previous and going down a division was a big shock.

Nottingham Forest

Another league winner and European champion, Forest were sent down from the inaugural Premier League in 1993.

Worryingly for Mourinho, Brian Clough was in the dugout for that campaign, proving that a big-mouthed club legend is capable of getting relegated.

Blackburn Rovers

Premier League champions in 1995 to relegation in 1999, the Blues are coming close to smashing Blackburn’s pace of going from the pinnacle of English football to the second tier.

Rovers, like Chelsea, were successful after big investment and could provide the best blue print on what not to do for Mourinho and company.

AC Milan

The only example away from these shores, the Rossoneri went down to Serie B in 1982 a season after they returned to the top flight following a match fixing scandal-inspired relegation the year before.

They were nine-time Scudetto holders at that point, proving that regardless of former success if you’re bad enough, you will go down.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.