It’s gradually getting to the end of the season, and assessments will be going around for teams and clubs in global football.
Like any other business, football is result-oriented. You need to win to stay relevant in the scheme of things. Chelsea have been the most successful team in England in the past decade or so, and last season’s success only proved that point. However, the story has been different this term. We’re out of the Carabao Cup, and we’re currently fighting to stay in the top 4 of the EPL — the same league we won last season. Of course, it’s a tough league, but we have been poorer than acceptable.
The FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League are the only real competitions we stand a genuine chance of getting something from, but with our status in world football, will a Champions League second round exit and an FA Cup trophy be tagged as a successful season?
Winning the competition is a difficult task, but then nothing great comes easy. And there’s no doubting that we can win it. At least, we did it in 2012 — against the odds.
Winning Barcelona will be a start, and a statement of intent from us to other teams. It’s not going to be a cake walk, but we will take motivation in the fact that English teams are flying high thus far in the competition.
The game against Barcelona will be a defining one for our season. If we lose, and we’re knocked out of Europe, it would be safe to say this campaign wasn’t as successful as we’d have wished.