Just around Stamford Bridge is a cryptic message that embodies the pride of anyone connected to Chelsea. It reads: ‘WE ARE CHELSEA’.
Another reassuring message that gives us bragging rights over our London rivals reads: ‘WE ARE THE PRIDE OF LONDON’.
Certainly Chelsea is the most successful London club and one of the most successful in the Premier League era. Trophy-laden years have raised expectations high season after season, that is why every defeat and elimination in a bid to win silverware is greeted with quick fire criticisms. But based on our displays against Barcelona and Leicester City, there are reasons for fans to be optimistic of our chances of winning silverware.
Here are 3 reasons:
WE HAVE OUR DESTINY IN OUR HANDS:
Needing to qualify for the Champions League is a must for Chelsea and Conte. The on and off field benefits the club stand to gain is enough incentive to qualify and compete in Europe’s elite competition. Having missed out on it last season as a result of the ill-fated Mourinho season, another absence is unthinkable. Competing against the best can make you the best. Despite sitting five points behind Spurs and seven behind Liverpool (with a game in hand on the Reds), Chelsea still have their destiny in their hands. Win our home fixtures against both teams and surely we would have a real chance of qualifying for the Champions League. The ball is firmly in our court and we can dictate the play.
FA CUP CAN BE A RESPITE FOR THE CLUB:
Elimination in the Champions League and League Cup by Barcelona and Arsenal respectively as well as inconsistency in the league has seen all hopes of silverware dashed. But Sunday’s progress into the FA Cup semifinals at the expense of Leicester City rekindled lost hopes. Also, the fair draw of playing Southampton rather than one between United or Spurs is a good reason for Chelsea fans to dream and be optimistic that we won’t be ending the season trophyless.
PLAYERS ARE BACK IN THE GROOVE:
The real positives from Sunday’s FA Cup were the performances of Alvaro Morata who finally broke his scoring drought and Pedro Rodriguez scoring after series of disappointing outings. The return to fitness of Tiemoue Bakayoko is a boost despite him not being at top level. The fighting spirit and resilience displayed by the players is surely a reason for us to be optimistic and keep the blue flag flying high.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!