Chelsea’s victory on Tuesday night against Derby County saw the side into the Capital One Cup semi-final and a step closer to Wembley for the first time this season.
Their latest victory has sparked more talk of the side completing an unprecedented quadruple of the League Cup, FA Cup, Premier league and Champions League.
After the game Cesc Fabregas said: “I’m enjoying it. We have a very strong squad, not just the team. Everyone performs really well and we will need everyone until the end of the season if we want to go for everything.
“Time will tell [if we can do it]. It’s all up to us. We definitely have the talent, the discipline and the courage to do it from what I’ve seen so far from my short time here.”
Jose Mourinho however is staying more grounded: “We don’t speak about it. You [the media] spoke a few weeks ago about being unbeatable in the Premier League and we never did it. Now you speak about the quadruple. We have our feet on the ground.”
They have the boss
Chelsea are currently available at 66-1 to win the quadruple and Mourinho is perhaps the only manager that could achieve a feat like this at a club that isn’t Bayern Munich, Barcelona or Real Madrid.
The Portuguese manager knows how to keep his squad together and build a strong team spirit. Chelsea’s performance against Derby showcased their grit and determination to win even against teams from lower divisions.
The side that played last night shows just how seriously Mourinho takes winning; the starting XI included Nemanja Matic, Eden Hazard and Fabregas.
The Blues’ response to defeat against Newcastle 11 days ago also shows why Chelsea are capable of winning the quadruple. Since then the club has dominated games against Sporting Lisbon and Hull as well as last night’s victory against the Rams.
They have the squad
Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech will practically guarantee Chelsea clean sheets and in spite of his advancing years John Terry has proved to be rock solid in defence again and has played in all of Chelsea’s Premier League games.
Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic have also been in good form and with Kurt Zouma as a back up Chelsea have few worries, the side have the joint best defensive record in the league.
The Londoners’ midfield has been their strongest aspect for several years and with the arrival of Fabregas in the summer they look more convincing going forward, the Spaniard has 11 assists in 15 appearances.
Hazard has continued his fine form and with John Obi Mikel, Ramires and Mohamed Salah all providing cover for Matic, Oscar and Willian, Chelsea have enough depth in their squad to compete in all four trophies this year.
The signing of Diego Costa in the summer means that the Blues also have a goal-scorer in their ranks, something which was missing last season; the presence of Loic Remy and, the still not entirely past it, Didier Drogba, their attack has enough strength in depth to win all four trophies.
Chelsea face Watford in the FA Cup third round and have been drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in the first knock-out round of the Champions League. The Londoners are the only side in the top four to still be in the League Cup and hold a three point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.