Chelsea are currently in the midst of a season beyond perhaps even Jose Mourinho’s wildest dreams. The 2-0 win against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium puts them three points clear of Man City at the top of the table, looking extremely favourable to secure their first Premier League title since 2010. With the Blues in all four competitions and firing in the three that are in full swing, a lot of talk surrounding Chelsea is whether or not they can win the quadruple. While this seems like a pipe dream – if you take look at each individual competition, it suddenly starts to appear more possible.
The club are flying high in the League and are already odds on favourites to win it. They have Liverpool in the League Cup semi-finals over two legs and with the way the two clubs are playing at the moment, you would have to fancy Chelsea to go on to the final and defeat either Tottenham or Sheffield United at a canter.
In the FA Cup they face Watford in the third round which is obviously very winnable but then no team in England would fancy outwitting Jose Mourinho’s men in their current form. The Champions League will be the hardest nut to crack, with a tricky tie against PSG waiting in the last 16. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich will be favourites and although Chelsea are more than capable of beating any of the aforementioned on their day, European glory might be an obstacle too tough to overcome.
It is also important to point out that competing in all four competitions will take its toll, despite Chelsea boasting one of the best and most in-depth squads in Europe. The fact they have players such as Petr Cech, Loic Remy, Ramires, John Obi Mikel, Filipe Luis and Andre Schurrle all waiting in the wings to be called upon hints at just what teams are up against when they face the Blues.
Even if the Champions League proves to be too much, you would still have to back them for a domestic treble – a feat no team in England has ever done – the closest being Manchester United in 1999 but they missed out on the League Cup.
Summer signing Diego Costa will be vital to any treble or quadruple ambitions. The Brazilian-born Spanish international has been exceptional since his move from Atletico Madrid, scoring 12 times in the League. He looks like the complete striker with pace, strength and of course excellent finishing abilities. Costa does have some injury problems but if they keep him fit for as much of the season as possible then Chelsea could be bringing back plenty of silverware.
Also with the likes of Eden Hazard just behind, Chelsea look nearly unstoppable going forward. Hazard also has a very good scoring record that makes him key to Chelsea’s side, scoring 29 times in 86 Premier League appearances.
With two world-class goalkeepers at Mourinho’s disposal, Chelsea have no real issues at the back. Thibaut Courtois has been outstanding since returning from a three-year loan spell at Atletico. At just 22 and with his goalkeeping ability, he is someone that can be number one at Chelsea for at least a decade.
An excellent back five and equally impressive in attack means Chelsea boast a starting XI with very few weaknesses. A squad to match, the club can certainly compete on all four fronts. And while winning all of them will probably prove too difficult with the Champions League the toughest test, Chelsea could still pull off what would be an extremely successful season for The Special One.