Jose Mourinho’s side ‘dared to dream’ of a massive quadruple title win in 2015.
As the season progressed, the pressure of these competitions has gotten to an incredibly strong side. No doubt Mourinho’s men are fatigued: since the opening game of the Premier League, they have played 45 matches.
So have Chelsea finally ran out of steam?
Mourinho made some top drawer signings in the summer; notably Diego Costa who took to the Premier League like a duck to water, and Thibaut Courtois. The January transfer window saw the signing of Colombian Juan Cuadrado, who is yet to make a big impact on his new league. Some Chelsea fans are already looking for an exit for Cuadrado.
The need for a winter break in Premier League football has been brought up recently, and if anyone would have needed it over Christmas, it would have been Chelsea. Their festive period was incredibly busy, with sixteen games being played between December and January. In January, Chelsea were sensationally knocked out of the FA Cup by Bradford, cutting their quadruple title hopes.
They have secured the League Cup, after a comfortable 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. Their European dream has ended – but so have the dreams of all English clubs in Europe this season.
Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League by a ten man Paris St Germain at home. PSG lost their star forward Zlatan Imbrahimovic for a challenge on Oscar, and to add insult to injury, David Luiz found the back of the net for his new side.
Domestically, Chelsea are still dominating the Premier League. Six points still separate the league leaders and current Champions Manchester City, and there is little chance of this changing.
The Premier League is still very much in Chelsea’s hands – and Chelsea had been tipped to win the league from the beginning. As expected, Chelsea have slipped up this season (rarely), but so has just about every other team in the Premier League.
Mourinho knows his side, and plays more or less the same team each week. There are a few tweaks here and there, but the guts of the team remain the same. This surely is affecting his side, who have worked incredibly hard all season, and are rightfully sitting at the top of the table.
Winning the quadruple was an ambitious goal, but it was always going to take its toll on the side. They look set to win two out of the four, and should be commended for doing so.