With Jose Mourinho’s feet firmly back under the table, 2014 really has been a top year for Chelsea. A decent Champions League run, the addition of a top class striker in the shape of Diego Costa and now top of the table as the calendar flips over to 2015, there are many reasons to be a happy Blue.
We at FFC Towers have been keeping a close eye on Chelsea over the last 12 months, so here are 10 of the best articles all in one place!
Juan Mata’s transfer to United from Chelsea was box office back in January, but it looked, initially, as if the Spaniard was less than content with his decision…
Juan Mata insists he left Chelsea for Manchester United purely for footballing reasons in January.
But after another disappointing United performance ended in a 2-2 draw against bottom of the table Fulham at Old Trafford, the Spaniard looked dejected and full of regret as he wondered why on earth he gave up a potential Premier League crown for what could be Europa League football next season.
Courtois has proven his worth, here are some starlet tipped for the top back in February…
It’s odd to associate a swelling reserve of potentially world-class youngsters with Chelsea, such has been the preference for those who are readymade.
But as of 2012, there has been a leaning on what can be done to build strong squads for the future, with a number of the club’s finest currently flourishing while out on loan.
Chelsea has a good summer, and here are six players they were chasing before the World Cup…
Jose Mourinho and Chelsea are known for their efficiency in the transfer market. It’s not often that you hear of either making a late a trolley dash on deadline day.
However, with the World Cup right around the corner, the chance to complete transfer dealings will likely be a trouble for a number of clubs.
Now this one made a big, big splash!
Chelsea have made their third major signing this summer as their new 21-year-old French manager, Paul Pogba, has signed none other than 21-year-old French midfielder, Paul Pogba!
Not too far off of what we’re seeing now, but with a couple of stars that would have made the difference…
With the World Cup over and the transfer window in full swing, the 2014/15 Premier League campaign is nearly upon us. In fact it’s just 26 days away, which is probably just enough time to watch all the highlights from last season to remind you how amazing it was.
Although Chelsea’s summer of business was staggeringly good, they haven’t always hit the bullseye…
Chelsea are undoubtedly one of the biggest spending powers in the world of football. Every summer or winter since the 2003 takeover from Roman Abramovich, the Blues have been linked with almost every player in the transfer window.
And many of those times, the London club get their man.
Food for thought as the window looms…
Chelsea probably had the best transfers out of any Premier League club this summer, fixing their problems by buying the players they needed early in the window.
The Blues’ number one issue last season was a striker capable of scoring goals consistently, so Jose Mourinho went out to buy Diego Costa, who has already bagged four league goals in his first three appearances.
Diego Costa has been a big hit for Chelsea, and his showings in training for Spain got much attention from Blues fans in October!
Finally it seems that somebody has broken the big-name striker curse at Chelsea.
After the previous purchases of £30.8million for Andriy Shevchenko and £50million for Fernando Torres in recent memory, many were also expecting Diego Costa to struggle leading the line for the Blues.
Not possible now, but in October there was talk of Diego taking on the very best!
We’re coming to that stage of the football year where everyone starts to talk about who they think will win the FIFA Ballon d’Or award in January.
After a fantastic end to the 2013/14 football season and a brilliant World Cup, the likes of Germany and Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller will be included in the contenders list. Obviously players like Portugal and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi will be included on the shortlist when it is announced in December, but one player that deserves to be considered is Diego Costa.
Although Chelsea are doing well, there were some doubts about a few players…
Chelsea have made some excellent acquisitions over the summer, and are now many pundits’ favourite to clinch the Premier League title.
The Blues signed Diego Costa, Filipe Luis, Cesc Fabregas, and legend Didier Drogba… as well as having goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois return from loan at Atletico Madrid.