For the second straight year, the best football in England was being played in SW6.
Since the Special One’s return, there has been little doubt who the resident favorites are to grab the premier league title. Last year the blues dropped points at crucial times to vastly inferior opponents, allowing the title to slip (pun intended) from their grasp.
Chelsea finished trophyless, a dubious distinction and typically a fireable offense in the era of Roman Abromavich, however the vibe at their Surrey training grounds didn’t match that precedent.
Last year’s iteration twice toppled Manchester City and Liverpool, the two teams that finished ahead of them during Mourinho’s first year at the helm. A young team with flair for days had arrived much quicker than anyone had anticipated. These kids were way ahead of schedule.
As Chelsea made the two most important moves in Europe, signing Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, Mourinho added the necessary grit that could overcome periods of injuries and oscillations in form.
Everyone tipped Chelsea to win the title, and they did. Go figure.
Now the question at hand is how far away are the West London legends from European Glory. Chelsea is closer than those who wrote them off after their fluky exit to PSG would suggest.
A bigger summer splash whether it be Gareth Bale or Paul Pogba would bump the men in blue up a tier, but the Russian Billionaire and his Euro obsessed manager now seem more proud to be balancing the books than bringing another European trophy to Stanford Bridge. My how times have changed.