Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho should be secretly delighted that the Blues succumbed to a shock 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United last Saturday, because it finally means unfair comparisons to Arsenal's famous 'Invincibles' side from the 2003-04 can be nipped in the bud.
Mourinho's demeanour during media obligations in recent weeks has been even more sour than usual, with the same old tired questions about whether his Chelsea team were capable of going through a whole campaign unbeaten batted back with an insistence each time that he's not interested in records of that nature.
The hugely experienced boss knew that wasn't on the cards for his talented Chelsea team, but what they can do is still go on and become one of the most dominant champions the Premier League has ever seen if they reach their full potential.
Obsession with Arsenal comparisons is unfair
Arsenal fans were probably more relieved than they'd care to let on that Chelsea fell short at St James' Park, although they got to enjoy that success for all of 15 minutes before Stoke City breached their porous defence.
That's because Mourinho's second attempt at building a truly great Chelsea team is already well on its way to achieving tangible success, thanks to a mix of astute signings and a core of top players that were already at the club upon his arrival last summer.
Defeat may actually help elevate Chelsea to new heights
Chelsea conceded two goals on Saturday for the firs time in a single game, I honestly don't think that will happen again in the Premier League this season. That's because the slip is exactly the kind of result the Blues need to guard against complacency and sharpen focus ahead of a busy run of festive fixtures.
The Blues possess the perfect storm of players who have been their and achieved success before, plus players who don't have the trophies to match their talent and are hungry to change that.
Eden Hazard for example is still looking for his first Premier League title, so is Gary Cahill and a whole host of other Blues regulars. John Terry and Didier Drogba are there to provide experience and tell them just what it takes to reach the top of the mountain, plus put the perfect exclamation mark on their own superb careers.
Mourinho's side from 2004-05 deserves more acclaim
If Chelsea do match their potential and go on to win the title, which unless Manchester City can keep Sergio Aguero fit or find a replacement in January looks very likely, don't expect Mourinho to go clamouring for comparisons to contemporaries of old.
Mourinho's best ever Chelsea team which waltzed to the title in the 2004-05 season never got the praise it deserves. A record 25 clean sheets were kept across 38 games that season, with the fewest goals every conceded by a Premier League team at 15 is also a quite remarkable total.
A single loss at Man City means a team which won more games and collected more points than the glorious Arsenal team of 12 months prior is not as revered outside West London as it should be, so what chance does the current Chelsea crop have in that respect?
Regardless of making or breaking records this rebooted Chelsea 2.0 under Mourinho has attacking flair, incredible work-rate and the substance to match their style in the final third. Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic are a central midfield duo comparable to any in Premier League history, while Diego Costa is the kind of utterly ruthless finisher that gives you a fantastic chance of winning no matter who the opposition.
Chelsea could forge their own reputation by making a success of their Champions League campaign, but they not should be allowed to create their own memories moving forward rather than held against standards of the past, Arsenal's or otherwise.
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