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Chelsea: Down and out or waiting to rise?

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In order for any entity or a business to be considered successful, it must always build from the past.

Continuously striving for growth is a constant endeavour, and ironically, this is one facet which leads can often lead to downfall.

In football too, fans always expect their club or country to better their previous performances, either learning from their mistakes and shortcomings, or improving upon their winnings.

Most Chelsea fans would certainly attest to this.

After an incredible 2011/12 season in which they shattered all records possible and won their maiden UEFA Champions League in dramatic circumstances in Munich, and managed to claim the FA Cup, many supporters expected bigger and better things.

The extension of Robbie di Matteo's contract and bright signings in the form of the electric Eden Hazard and the elegant Oscar, hinted at success. However, question marks were raised at the nature of the victories.

To be more specific, the style used by Chelsea against opponents with much more attacking jewels in their crown was deemed to be overtly defensive.

In order to rectify this, the mega rich Blues owner, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich aimed at taking a leaf from Barcelona's attractive football style.

Prompt signings were made, and the very least Chelsea fans expected was for their team to be noteworthy Premier League title contenders.

The start was rollicking and extremely promising. On the left wing Hazard established himself as a threat to defences and it didn't phase them being a goal or two down, such was the confidence and the effortless talent that was on display.

However, good things seldom last long, and the all too familiar winter slump set in.

And with it came along Rafa Benitez, and the fans, already disgruntled over their darling Di Matteo's departure, were inconsolable.

Hopes of defending their Champions League were in tatters, and they were in a race to even qualify for next year's European main stage.  

The question which arises from this is; should they have expected such a season? Or was it a step backward?

Were Chelsea simply destined to disappoint, always flattering to deceive but only offering glimpses and hopes, before failing prior to success?

Or were they more akin to a phoenix, temporarily in the doldrums, but readying themselves to rise from the ashes and take the world by storm?

I think that upon reading the situation closely, you'd find that the latter example is more appropriate. Sure, on paper, its a step backward. Only qualifying for the Champions League after winning it the previous year isn't exactly growth.

But as the saying goes, games aren't won on paper. It's the very same for clubs. They aren't built on paper, but built by ethics and discipline. Old stalwarts like Lampard, Ashley Cole and John Terry are in the twilights of their careers, and it is clearly a transitional phase at the club.

Reducing the average age considerably has been the club's recent mantra, and it is truly an efficient one.

With talent such as David Luiz, Ramires, Hazard, Mata and Oscar on display, one will and must surely expect irresistible quality displays from the club. And this expectation would not be dampened.

Trust and stability, though, would be vital and paramount. And this is exactly which they are going to get under the Happy/Special One, Jose Mourinho.

It will surely signal a plethora of trophies coming Stamford Bridge's way in the long run.

Chelsea have not forgotten how to fly.

Rather they are simply regaining energy to tower and soar above the rest.

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