It’s more or less done. Chelsea fans can now proudly come and say that they have won everything out there that can be offered in club football (except the Club World Cup). The 1 billion Russian oil money has finally been repaid and brought a smile to the bearded face of Roman Abramovich as he proudly takes out a can of polish and hugs his Champions League trophy once again.
After a terrific season, The Pensioners have never looked as confident as now even though Chelsea ended up finishing 6th on the table below their London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham. They were struggling to swim up the gorge mid-way through the season under Andre Villas Boas, but Di Matteo made the perfect cameo appearance to save the Blues in time to clinch their maiden Champions League trophy.
So here comes the 2012/2013 season which can just about confirm to the fans how the Blues will most probably shape up in the next 5 years or so. Not just the blues but every side is feeling edgy to get a glimpse of Eden Hazard and Kagawa in action and it will result in days of banter between the clubs.
After the departure of Drogba, all eyes will be on Fernando Torres as he tries to rise to the occasion and fill in the boots of the beast who once led the Chelsea attack with pride and power from the days of the Special One. Needless to say, he has found good form in the closing end of the season and won the golden boot after a largely successful European campaign with La Furia Roja.
The remaining pieces of the old-guard are looking forward to another test to silence their critics once again. John Terry and Frank Lampard are aged 31 and 34, and though some may say their golden moments have passed by, they are looking forward to increase the celebratory ribbons in their private trophy cabinets.
And the big man himself, Roberto Di Matteo finds himself in a position which other managers tend to avoid as much as possible. The job of a Chelsea manager is not easy with a Russian billionaire breathing down your neck after each and every match. A slight miscalculation here and there would find you saying your last good byes to the security guard on your way out of Cobham. But Robbie has done amazingly well so far and I expect him to lead Chelsea in the right direction. Can’t help but think, can Robbie be the new Special One?
Attack makes you win football games, defense doesn’t. Well, I guess Robbie does not agree to that! Chelsea have revolutionized the way football looks at the beautiful game and many other teams will now end up studying the Chelsea vs Barcelona game, break it down bit by bit, and analyse it carefully to know the perfect way to beat a team that just wont let you have the ball. Tiki Taka is almost gone, new ways of playing have developed andpeople just about have to agree to that. The beautiful game is not losing its beauty, infact it is only enhancing itself as more and more ways are coming up to win a match.
To the fans who are still scared about our defensive tactics, rewind your memories to the Napoli game where our old-guard triumphed, and the QPR game in which Torres grabbed his first hat-trick for Chelsea. Signs are bright, everyone’s eyes are on Chelsea and they just have to move forward and prove their critics wrong.