It’s almost the end of the calendar year and as clubs balance their books, outline goals for next year and also identify their areas of deficiency, they do so in retrospect thereby recollecting the events that occurred in the year. The same applies to Chelsea. Indeed, our year is a bittersweet tale. A year that might never be forgotten in the club’s history.
On the back of our title-winning exploits in 2014/2015, we graced the 2015/2016 season as bookmakers favourites for the title. A title challenge that ultimately ended before it started. The internal and external fracas as well as poor results led to the sacking of Jose Mourinho which ushered in the reign of Guus Hiddink. His reign saw every draw celebrated like a victory and every loss a norm because we were a shadow of the dominant team of the preceding season. We were not good enough both domestically and continentally. We finished 10th in the league, our worst league finish in the Roman Abramovich era. To make it worse, no European commitment of any kind. A bitter pill to swallow.
Soon afterwards, the appointment of Italian Antonio Conte was announced and optimism was high owing to his outstanding job with the Italian national team. A good start to the season followed by teething problems in form of chastening defeats to league rivals, Liverpool and Arsenal necessitated a change which is a masterstroke. The adoption of a 3-4-3 formation replaced the 4-2-3-1 formation of old. It’s now 12 consecutive wins since that change and only 2 goals conceded and we sit top of the league. We have the look of champions and title winners. It’s been a year of two halves. One that made the Chelsea fans to ponder on our failures and also to wonder on our transformation. A year that started in torture, but is likely to end in fortune. A year that started gloomy, but will surely end in boom time. A year to forget and a year to remember.
We still rock and let’s keep flying the blue flag high. Cheers!