It might be too early to talk about Chelsea reaching the Champions League final considering that they've only just recovered from their terrible start to the season.
However, the Blues must remember that for this season to be considered a success, they must contend for both the Premier League and Champions League title.
This simply cannot be a better season than the last one if Chelsea are knocked out before the semi-finals in the champions league.
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Chelsea have got the squad and coach to reach the Champions League final and here are two things they must do to actualize this possibility.
Play with more initiative and hunger
Apart from emphatic wins against NK Maribor and Schalke 04, Chelsea struggled in the other group stage matches last season with draws against NK Maribor and Schalke 04 and slender wins against Sporting Lisbon.
Chelsea's starting eleven are capable of challenging and beating any team if they play with hunger and initiative, being proactive in unlocking defenses as was exhibited against Schalke, rather than waiting and being reactive.
This tactic of being reactive was the main reason they were knocked out in the second round by Paris Saint-Germain.
Even the second leg, when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off, Chelsea failed to capitalize and thus handed the game to PSG, who took the initiative.
An element of that was portrayed in the weekend game against Arsenal. After Gabriel Paulista was sent off, Chelsea couldn't stamp their authority in the game and only a Kurt Zouma header from a Cesc Fabregas free-kick broke the deadlock.
After that Chelsea were just content to recycle possession and if the lucky second goal from Eden Hazard hadn't come, may have granted Arsenal a way back into the game.
Of course, there will be games where Chelsea will defend more than attack, but they must still show the hunger and killer instinct by making their counter attacks seem like lightning attacks.
Last season Mourinho played almost an identical starting lineup in all four competitions and I believe it was because the fringe players were not in good condition.
Even when played, they were always performing below part and Mourinho would have to bring in Hazard or Fabregas to win the game.
But from what we saw in the games against Maccabi Tel Aviv and Walsall, there is much reason to believe that the squad players are ready to fight the first eleven all the way.
Mourinho must encourage this feeling and spirit by giving them more game time in order for them to be ready when the team needs them.
In a way, the bad start to the season is turning out to be a blessing in disguise as it seems to have rejuvenated and prepared every player in the team for the hard road ahead.
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