Football FanCast columnist Lewis Doe thinks that Chelsea need to move just one step at a time.
Chelsea seem as though they are slowly getting back to their best but it is important that they do not get carried away and start setting themselves targets that will become very difficult to achieve.
Ron Gourlay, the new Chief Executive, is understandably ambitious and this can be expected by someone who walks into such a high profile role at such a high profile club. The aim is two European Cups in five years, sorry, I don’t think it’s going to happen.
Chelsea look very good in the Premier League but in Europe they do have some gaps. For the sides with better quality, they will be able to wear down the Blues and grind out a win. They need to be able to match the best sides, all of the time, not just some of the time and we won’t see how far they have come until they bump into a Real Madrid. It is also important to consider that the Premier League is weaker this year as a number of great players have left for the land of Espania.
Gourlay said: “In our ten-year plan there were two Champions Leagues in there and we’ve been very unlucky. Over the next five years we’ve still got to shoot for the stars.”
“With no disrespect to the competition, which is an incredibly high standard, I’d still like to think we can win the Champions League twice in the next five years. That may sound aggressive but I think we can do it.”
“We’re competing for every competition we enter and for the success of the football club going forward, you have to win trophies consistently. You can’t win the Premier League one year and slip away for three years. You’ve got to be pushing every time.”
“We put pressure on ourselves. There’s probably more pressure from ourselves as a board of directors than from the owner. That doesn’t mean to say we’re going to sack the manager. I don’t think I’ll find myself in that position.”
The West London side have a very good chance of winning a trophy or two by the end of the year but the point is they still have work to do and lots of it. They could well achieve the goals set but they could just as easily fail to match up to their increasingly high standards.