Can Chelsea still win silverware this season? This is the question on the minds of many pundits and also the Chelsea fans. Granit Xhaka’s second half strike in the Carabao Cup pierced deep into the hearts of everyone connected to Chelsea. The writings on the wall were very clear: ‘Chelsea shot dead by the Gunners: One silverware opportunity missed’.
The post-match reaction to this defeat pointed out the fact that Chelsea are missing a spark. How on earth did we regress so badly despite taking the lead to let Arsenal seize initiative and win the game? The Chelsea supporters will still be disappointed and that’s why the team owe them a silverware celebration this season.
Up next for the team is Hull City in the FA Cup. Chelsea’s history in the competition is fantastic. We have won the FA Cup seven times, and our last triumph came under then caretaker coach, Roberto Di Matteo, who also won our only Champions League trophy. It’s now six years since our last FA Cup, and it will be sweet enough if Antonio Conte can inspire the team to another FA Cup triumph.
With the league title now Manchester City’s to lose, there’s little hope of retaining the title with potential feisty clashes against the Manchester clubs and bogey side, Crystal Palace. Now out of the league cup and will also be facing a daunting Champions League tie against Barcelona to negotiate, the FA Cup now looks like Chelsea and Conte’s only realistic route to winning silverware this season. That’s why the team should be urged to play every game in this competition like the cup final itself. Winning the FA Cup will go a long way in soothing the hurt feelings of the fans. It is even now more of a priority than an option for both Conte and Chelsea.
Let’s keep the blue flag flying high. Cheers!