There is plenty of doom and gloom around Stamford Bridge in the press at the moment. After Champions League departure and the replacement of popular Roberto Di Matteo with universally unpopular Rafa Benitez the club has attracted negative headlines. However on the plus side the club is still in the running for a remarkable season...
Why such doom and gloom at Stamford Bridge? Sure they currently have an extremely unpopular gaffer and an increasingly power mad owner; not to mention dropping out of the Champions League and looking off the pace in terms of a Premier League title challenge. Yet they are still on for a memorable quadruple this season.
Here are the titles Chelsea could win.
FIFA Club World Cup
Out of the remaining four trophies that Rafa Benitez could quell discontent with this season this has to be the easiest; and most vital. Taking the squad to Japan to conquer ‘the world’ would be a massive morale and team building boost that could give them a vital kick into the New Year.
On paper it is also the easiest of all the competitions left. With only Corinthians of Brazil likely to pose any serious threat Chelsea should come back from the Land of the Rising Sun as a rising force once again.
FA League Cup
The competition may slip some by but Chelsea are in the quarter-finals. They face Premier League slaying Leeds United who have already seen off Southampton and Everton on their way to the last eight. Chelsea face them at Elland Road immediately after the Club World Cup and with Arsenal, Swansea and Norwich their main competitors they will consider themselves favourites to win the entire thing.
Of course the FA Cup, which has been dominated by Chelsea in recent years and as reigning champions they will not give up that title lightly. The third round draw could have been more favourable as they will face the topsy-turvy Southampton at St Marys but considering their usual FA Cup performances they will certainly fancy their chances of a fifth win in seven years.
UEFA Europa League
The light at the end of the tunnel of a Champions League exit is of course its scrawny twin brother the Europa League.
Chelsea will suffer the indignity that Manchester United and City fans suffered last year of Channel 5 and ITV4 coverage on a painful Thursday night; however they will also fancy their chances.
Of course there are several dangerous teams in the competition; the likes of Napoli, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Lyon, Bayer Leverkusen and fellow Champions League drop-outs such as Zenit, Ajax and Benfica. Yet Chelsea must surely consider themselves as favourites and after the way they so unceremoniously despatched of FC Nordsjaelland on Wednesday night not many of Europe’s teams will fancy a date at Stamford Bridge.
That being said Manchester United and Manchester City were found out last year by Athletic Bilbao and Sporting Lisbon respectively so the competition should not be taken for granted.
Personally I think it is inconceivable that Chelsea will not win at least one of the trophies up for grabs, in fact winning two seems about par for the club.
But could they win three? Or even create history of sorts and complete a remarkable quadruple?