Thierry Henry has risked the wrath of Arsenal fans by admitting that Chelsea could still have an ‘amazing’ season.
The former French forward, who now works as a pundit for Sky Sports, was speaking in the aftermath of another less-than-impressive Blues victory in the Premier League.
Goals from Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Loic Remy secured a 3-2 win at the KC Stadium, although Jose Mourinho’s side were far from fluent and forced to hold on in the latter stages. Cesc Fabregas also appeared to push the referee as a sign of the growing frustration.
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Henry believes individual self-doubt is only natural after a disappointing defeat like the one suffered against Paris Saint-Germain, but he’s in no doubt that a domestic double would equate to an ‘amazing’ season.
“I think it is just the expectation. Everybody thought they were going to go and win the treble,” the former Gunners hero told Sky Sports.
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“Sometimes as a player when you’re thinking about winning the Champions League, when you get what happens to them against Paris Saint-Germain you get a little moment where, I’m not saying that you doubt yourself but you are trying to find rhythm.
“But at the end of the day, if they win the league and they won the Capital One Cup, that is still an amazing season.”
The ex-Arsenal man wasn’t the only person to have his say on the Blues, with Jamie Carragher believing that Jose Mourinho’s side are lacking the ‘spark’ that set them apart at the beginning of the season.
Chelsea are going about their business professionally, winning games and putting themselves on course to win the title. And, as the former Liverpool defender highlights, that is all that matters at the end of the season.
“They’re still winning, they’re the best team in the league, they’re going to go on and win the league but the Chelsea we remember from the start of the season, we were waxing lyrical about them – Fabregas, Oscar, the football they were playing,” said Carragher, also on Sky Sports.
“They still won and that’s the difference. They haven’t been great, they haven’t been poor but they’ve won that game - maybe other top sides like Manchester City wouldn’t have won that game.
“They dominated the second half and deservedly won but there is a bit of a spark missing from them, maybe they just want to get the title won, they don’t really care how they’re playing.”
Whilst we all love to see a team playing at the peak of their powers, football is all about winning. That is what Chelsea are doing. And, whilst there is now an injury cloud over Diego Costa, you can be confident that they will continue to do the business.
Nobody will be more disappointed than Mourinho about the way the side are playing and how things have turned out this season, as the Blues seemed well-placed to challenge for an unprecedented quadruple.
A double isn’t to be sniffed at though, and if Chelsea do end up winning both the Premier League and League Cup, it would be an ‘amazing’ campaign.
What do you think Arsenal fans - is Henry right, or should he avoid paying compliments to the Chelsea machine?
Article Source: Sky Sports