The Blues are on a hot run of form… can the club collect silverware this season? If so, how much?
Criticising Arsenal for an apparently substandard home form, or for their defensive lapses, detracts away from the real crux of Tuesday evening's League Cup clash with Chelsea… Jose Mourinho's men were the better side on the day, went into a trophy rival's backyard and returned with a well-deserved triumph.
While Arsenal enjoyed a slightly greater possession (53%), it was Chelsea who had the more shots on goal, despite Arsene Wenger's post-match claims that the Gunners largely restricted Chelsea's chances. True, the vast majority of Chelsea's shots were off-target but of the three that were on target, two resulted in goals.
Jose Mourinho's Chelsea are well-organised, take up good positions and the Portuguese's imploring of Juan Mata - a two-time club player of the year - to add to his own skill-set is testament to how he wants to get the best out of the each individual player, whether they have control of the ball, or are chasing the ball.
Arsenal may be top of the Premier League table but detractors cite their point tally as masking a number of factors that will soon be realised over the coming weeks and months - the club are yet to line up against one of their rivals for the title.
The same cannot be said of Chelsea, who have featured in six October matches, winning them all while scalping two of the top teams in Europe: Manchester City (at home, Stamford Bridge) and Arsenal (at Emirates Stadium).
'Looking at the opponents we had this week, they are probably two of the best teams in Europe right now and we beat them,' Sky Sports quote man of the moment Mata to have said, who scored a golazo against the Gunners. 'So I think we are ready to try for the title, it's still soon in the season but we will try.'
Considering the club's 20 point haul after nine games in the division, a share of the top spot in Group E of the Champions League and progression into the League Cup quarter-final secured, perhaps asking how many trophies Chelsea can win this season is the wrong question and should be replaced with how many trophies the club can win.
In the past decade, there are only two seasons where Chelsea failed to pick up a major trophy. Winning is now firmly embedded into the club culture and will only have been fortified by the reintroduction of Mourinho at the helm.
Full-back Ashley Cole told the club's official website that: 'From the day he came, he said he’s not come here to make friends, he’s come here to win and that’s what players want to hear. We always want to win things [and] to be successful as a team.
'I don’t think he’s different [to how he was before]. He’s always been the same. He’s come back to the club where he did a fantastic job winning two titles. He always demands 100% whether it’s in a game or in training. He always wants the best, he always wants your best. He’s a fighter and a winner and he wants to go into every game and win, just like us players.'
Which competitions will Chelsea have the greater chance of succeeding in this season? How many trophies will they end up with by the year's end? Let us know in the comment section below…
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