Finding the right word to describe Chelsea under Graham Potter is probably the hardest thing to do at the moment.
Appointed in September 2022 shortly after Todd Boehly took over the club, many considered Potter as the man to revamp an unconvincing Chelsea side that drew ire in the last days of Thomas Tuchel in charge.
But he has been a sharp contrast to expectations so far. After a relatively bright start, the club has nosedived dramatically and become a shadow of itself.
The club, under his watch, lacks clear-cut direction and the winning mentality that has become its trademark over the years.
In spite of the huge investment in the last transfer window and the arrival of top talents, Potter remains clueless in his tactics and overall decisions.
As each match rolls by, the hurt deepens for the fans and the owners. For fans of rival clubs, however, it was an opportunity to tease Chelsea supporters — known for their boisterousness.
It is really a difficult period for the club and supporters.
For context, Chelsea have won only 12 out of 28 games since October last year with many of the matches ending in a draw.
But the narrative seems to be changing gradually.
Chelsea have now won three of their last games in all competitions. With a 1-0 victory over Leeds United, the club again edged Borussia Dortmund to book a spot in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League and also defeated Leicester City 3-1.
It is worthy of note that the three victories are far from convincing, going by the club’s standard. The lack of decisiveness in the front of goal, poor team work, and absence fighting spirit were glaring in the three games.
But who cares? The most important thing, for now, is getting the results — even when playing ugly.
The three wins could be a turning point in their shambolic run. The smiles etched on the faces of the players and the coaching crew on Tuesday night were symptomatic of a new dawn.
What remains to be seen is if the team can build on its latest results and start winning games.
For now, the hopes are high again among fans — and the team cannot afford to fail them at this crucial point.