Jose Mourinho’s dramatic return to Stamford Bridge last summer bought along great excitement and expectation amongst the Chelsea fans.
On Tuesday night, The Blues were knocked out of the League Cup by Sunderland following an extra-time goal courtesy of Ki Sung-Yueng, adding to the pressure on ‘The Special One’ this season.
The recent Champions League draw has pit Chelsea against Galatasaray, which over two legs is expected to be an extremely difficult challenge.
And even if the Blues are to overcome the Turkish champions, it is unlikely that they will go all the way when comparing them to the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
That leaves the Premier League and the FA Cup.
Chelsea started their league campaign well, losing only one of their first seven league games, beating Manchester City and earning a point at Old Trafford along the way.
However they were then beaten by Newcastle United early in November and since then they have been a bit inconsistent.
Mourinho’s men were extremely lucky to rescue a point at home to West Brom after a late controversial penalty decision went their way.
The Blues currently lie in 3rd place, just two points off the top. And though they are very much in the title race at the moment, both Arsenal and Manchester City, the two teams above them, are showing no signs of a dip in performance.
The FA Cup is still in its early stages and is therefore anybody’s tournament, though Chelsea are amongst the favourites to win it.
Ultimately, with Roman Abramovich’s hunger for instant success, the pressure on Mourinho to win a trophy this season is as big as ever.
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