Following Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Juventus all the way back in November last year, Roberto Di Matteo found himself packing his bags.
This was followed by the exit of the champions from the Champions League shortly after. One might have predicted that this was going to be a season to forget for the Blues.
But with Rafa Benitez leading them to a 2-1 victory against Benfica in the finals of the UEFA Europa League at Amsterdam, Chelsea are nothing but on their way back to glory.
Sitting pretty in the Premier League table in third, Chelsea now have the chance to secure Champions League football, provided they get a result against Everton at Stamford Bridge in their last game of the season. If all goes well, Rafa Benitez will have fulfilled his season’s objective as the interim manager of the club and yet, failed to have secured a long term contract.
Another factor is the 203rd goal for Chelsea’s Frank Lampard which now makes him the club’s all-time leading scorer. The veteran scored a brace against Aston Villa to mark this feat. The fans will be delighted with the fact that the legendary midfielder has agreed to a one-year contract extension at the club.
Something the fans will love is the considerable recovery of form by Fernando Torres. He has scored 22 goals in all competitions this season as compared to 11 goals in 49 games last year. Stronger and quicker is what he’s become, claims Rafa.
Torres, who scored 81 goals in three and a half seasons at Liverpool, hasn’t quite lived up to his reputation at Stamford Bridge following his £50 million move in the 2011 January transfer window.
Perhaps the underlining factor for Chelsea this season has been the capture of Eden Hazard. The attacking midfielder declined offers from both the Manchester clubs to join the Blues last summer. The Belgian international has been in sensational form this season scoring 13 goals and claiming 25 assists for Chelsea.
Juan Manuel Mata, has easily been Chelsea’s most influential player this season. With 18 goals and 22 assists under his belt already, he has produced magic time and time again.
With likes of Oscar, Moses and Marin rising through the ranks, Chelsea are a force to be reckoned with. Adding another world-class defender and a midfielder could see them battle it out at the highest level next season.
With rumours of Jose Mourinho returning to Stamford Bridge next season, the fans have no reason to feel belittled by the downs in the earlier phase of their campaign.
Chelsea have proved their critics wrong time and time again, and there’s no possible reason for the fans to lose faith in their team just yet.
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