Disastrous, disgraceful, hopeless and poor are a few words that some may have used to describe Chelsea's season. But in reality a word that you could use is rescued.
The argument against that is Chelsea were gunning for a total of seven trophies and to have won nothing and only be in the running for two (one of which they didn't start in) is a pretty poor result on the Blues behalf.
And to think they went unbeaten for the first eight games in the league, a hectic scrap for Champions League football is not what the european champions would have been planning in their minds at this point in the season.
Mix this in with a managerial dismissal and unrest within the Stamford bridge stands and you have a recipe for disaster and a season to write off.
But Benitez has picked up his team and guided them through the rounds of both the FA Cup and Europa League.
They have just progressed to the semi-final of the FA Cup thanks to Demba Ba and they face Russian side Rubin Kazan for a place in the semi-finals of the Europa league as well.
Small consolation though it may be, two trophies won't aid Chelsea's struggle for fourth and third place.
They have a couple of key games coming up, including a home tie against fellow Europe hunters Tottenham and their game in hand because of FA Cup commitments.
But overall in a season which has brought Chelsea football club into disrepute again, two or even just one trophy is a grand achievement and should not be sniffed upon.
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