Chelsea became the first London club to win the Champions League - a competition that features aggressively goal-hungry European giants - in 2012.

That was thanks largely to some truly legendary displays from the great Ivory Coast international Didier Drobga.

Chelsea were able to overcome a mission impossible, beating Bayern Munich at the Allianz Area in the final.

With the “Kings of Europe” crown resting safely in the Stamford Bridge trophy cabinet, the Belgian wonderkid, Eden Hazard, was seduced to join the Blues.

Chelsea ceremoniously waved their goodbyes to Didier Drogba, and embedded their trust in Fernando Torres.

The Spaniard had his best season for the Blues in the latest 2012/13 season, but fans felt entitled to and demanded more. This is not too much to ask with a trio of Oscar, Hazard and Chelsea’s best player, Juan Mata.

With the creativity and deliverance that looked like it had been edited in a Hollywood studio, Torres could have secured at least another 10 goals.

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich shocked all Chelsea supporters when he fired Roberto Di Matteo, only to be replaced with the unpopular Rafael Benitez.

Was this a strategy by the Russian to get Torres on form again?

Or did he just realise that he made a huge mistake, and had to make a quick replacement?

Although it wasn’t Benitez’s doing, Chelsea became the first team to be knocked out at group stages after winning the Champions League the previous year.

The Blues also sat outside of the top four for a lengthy period of time. However, the possibility of Jose Mourinho's return had given the Chelsea players added enthusiasm and motivation to secure a place in the Champions League - and they did so beautifully.

Now that Chelsea have reignited their love with the newly self-proclaimed “Happy one”, 2013/14 will be full of energy, drama, blood, sweat and tears.

And maybe the Blues will be champions once again. 

 

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