Chelsea: One of Europe's finest

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Chelsea's narrow loss to Bayern Munich highlights the strides they have made and an indication that the blues remain one of Europe's finest and a fierce competitors in the Champions League.

Chelsea impressed when taking on European champions Bayern Munich in the inaugural UEFA Super Cup, coming within seconds of lifting the trophy.

The Blues led for over 60 minutes of the game, leading 1-0 through a well executed first time shot by Fernando Torres, following a swift counter-attack and then Eden Hazard was gifted a goal from a Manuel Neuer mistake to put Chelsea into a 2-1 lead.

Mourinho's men also had to contend with a sending off in the 85th minute which saw Brazilian Ramires collect a second yellow card for a reckless challenge on Mario Gotze. Despite that, Chelsea remained resilient and resolute in their defending and managed to cause the occasional problem at the other end of the pitch.

The UEFA Super Cup may be dismissed as simply a friendly to some, but through that and other performances this season, Chelsea's quality is apparent. Not just individually, but as a collective. Their stubborn performance against Bayern was reminiscent of their successful Champions League run, but also offered panache and individual brilliance going forward.

Again, Chelsea's close defeat in the final was based on organisation and discipline which was exemplified by Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole in particular. But the transition from defence to attack on the counter is something that is much more impressive now in comparison to their Champions League side.

The pace and timing of Chelsea's first goal was testament to that with four players in Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard, Andre Schurrle and Fernando Torres starting the move 70 yards from goal before eventually clocking in the goal in a matter of seconds.

They have the same winning-mentality, organisation, discipline and cohesive play. Add those ingredients along with a very successful manager - arguably the best in the world - and the individual talent offensively and Chelsea have all the components of a great side. A side that are capable of competing for the Champions League under Mourinho's guidance.

The self-proclaimed 'Special One' was pleased with his sides display and of the belief that the best team lost, saying: "They take the cup, but the best team lost,"

"For me, we were by far the best team because they had 15 minutes in the second half where they dominated us, but we always had the game under control.

"Even with 10 men, the team played fantastic in that situation and clearly the best team lost," Mourinho claimed.

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