With the top four escaping their grasp with every mundane draw, it’s nearing the time that Chelsea accept that Champions League football will not be gracing Stamford Bridge in 2016-17. It’s a bitter blow for such a renowned club but a harsh reality nonetheless.
As a result, with the Blues suffocating in mid-table, the club should focus on other ambitions to ensure there are some positives to garner from a rocky 2015-16.
The FA Cup may just prove the trophy that can see Guus Hiddink’s men go out on a high as the curtains draw on this season. Besides, it appears to be the clubs only medium through which to capture silverware before the summer.
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Unfortunately for the Blues, their inability to assemble a string of victories in the league has extremely severed their chances of making the top four.
Whilst the fans and manager may still dream of a late-season slog, the history and statistics are truly damning. With the club a yawning 14 points adrift, Chelsea would need a miracle to claw their way past nine other teams dreaming of the European places.
Chelsea need to concede that their chances are over and direct their focus elsewhere. Besides, if the Blues maintain their current form, they’ll only be heading down a cul-de-sac until the maths finally renders their top four chances impossible.
Subsequently, the Blues should direct their impetus onto the FA Cup as the legendary trophy appears their only realistic silverware aspiration.
With the club safely through to the fourth round and up against lower league opposition in the form of MK Dons, the foundations are certainly in place for a pilgrimage to Wembley.
The club already possesses a rich history in the competition, particularly in recent years with the west London side winning the trophy on four occasions between 2006 and 2012. In addition, their 2009 victory was instigated by their current manager Guus Hiddink.
As a result, there certainly appears a prominent likelihood that Chelsea could lift the cup in May under the Wembley arch.
With top four aspirations now a figment of imagination and the Champions League proving a dogfight between Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Chelsea’s only hope lies with the FA Cup.
In a season so ravaged with turmoil and an abundance of defeats, the very least the Blues could do for their fans would be to win the sport’s oldest cup competition. Silverware may not ease all the pain, but it’ll go part-way to ensuring Chelsea enter next season back at their very best.
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