Chelsea eased passed Watford on Sunday to secure an FA Cup fourth round tie with either Millwall or Bradford City. Sunday’s victory means the Blues are still in every competition – but will they fancy their chances of winning the lot?
It’s already been a remarkable season for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. Despite suffering a surprise setback in a 5-3 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on New Year’s Day, the Blues have shown an incredible consistency to see them occupy top spot in the Barclays Premier League table. Last weeks defeat at White Hart Lane opened the door for Manchester City to go level on points with the Blues at the top – but with just two defeats in all competitions this season, you wouldn’t bet against Mourinho guiding the London club to their first title in five years.
Chelsea also eased into the knockout stages of the Champions League last month, dropping just four points in the process of winning Group G. The Blues face the tough task of overcoming Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16, with the first-leg away from home on February 17th, and the return leg at Stamford Bridge three weeks later. Chelsea, who won the competition in dramatic style in 2012, will nonetheless fancy their chances of progressing into the quarter-final.
The Blues are in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup as well. A 3-1 win at Derby County in the quarter-final has set up a meeting with Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool. Both legs will be played out by the end of the month, with the opening leg taking place at Anfield on January 20th. With Tottenham and League One side Sheffield United contesting the other semi, Chelsea will be hot favourites to lift the League Cup for the first time since 2007.
So are Chelsea really capable of winning the quadruple? It might seem unlikely, but anything is possible in football – the Blues certainly have the strength in depth to give it a really good go. When you have players such as Andre Schurrle, Loic Remy, and Didier Drogba – to name a few – all chomping at the bit to get into Mourinho’s first-team plans, then it gives the Blues every chance of winning any game they go into.
Loic Remy recently told the Telegraph that he feels the Chelsea squad is good enough to win the quadruple. The 28-year-old said; “We are still first and on top of the league. We are in the next round of the FA Cup. For us there is no reason to be negative.
“We are trying to be a strong squad as there are a lot of games in the season, but for us it’s about winning games and that’s it.”
Remy added: “Sure it will be hard, but we want to win every competition. That’s why the mentality of the squad can make a difference and we have to be ready and show the manager that he can count on us. As individuals, you have to be ready and fit as you never know what will happen.”
Although Jose Mourinho is bound to dismiss any talk of the quadruple, you can’t blame the Blues fans for being a tad excited. If there has been any team in recent years capable of winning all four trophies, it surely has to be Chelsea’s class of 2014/2015.