Chelsea's 2014/15 half-term report - kicking on to glory?

Stamford Bridge

Jose Mourinho had a trophyless first season back at the helm at Stamford Bridge last season, but at the halfway mark of this campaign it looks a very different prospect.

Prediction at the start of the season

After the strengthening the club made in the summer, the consensus was they would be fighting Manchester City for the Premier League title, with strong showings in other competitions. It would have been a surprise for Jose Mourinho to go two seasons without silverware at Stamford Bridge.

Performance so far

They have been excellent, and before their only defeat of the season to Newcastle United, there was talk of Chelsea going the entire season unbeaten in the Premier League. They have won their Champions League group, reached the semi-finals of the League Cup, and currently lead the way in the title race by three points. Jose Mourinho should be satisfied with his side's performance so far.

Manager rating

9.5/10. Mourinho himself won't say it has been perfect for Chelsea, which is why he hasn't got a 10. But he has come pretty close. From his recruitment in the summer, to the performances on the pitch, the Chelsea boss has taken one game at a time and had a plan to face each and every team they have come up against.

Best game Chelsea have been involved in

Their most significant win is also the best one they have been involved in. Having taken a two-goal lead within five minutes, Everton pulled a goal back before half-time, before a truly bonkers second half which seemed to see goals go in every time there was an attack, with the sides sharing six goals between them.

New signings

Diego Costa has provided the necessary cutting edge to the side with 13 goals so far this season, whilst the return of Didier Drogba and the signing of Loic Remy have provided terrific cover to Chelsea forward line - a vast improvement in that part of the field. Cesc Fabregas has brought quality and class to the midfield area to provide the service for the forwards whilst Filipe Luis may have struggled to get into the side ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta, but has looked capable when called upon.

Most significant win of the season

When you are at their level, every win is a significant one but their 6-3 win over Everton showed a side to Chelsea that was perhaps unexpected. A side that was willing to put solidity to one side in order to win the game, and they showed they can win in some style. Let's add the fact it was one of the games where Chelsea had their flaws exposed last term.

Chelsea low point so far

Newcastle United 2-1 Chelsea. It's their only loss of the season so far so it was an easy choice.

Strengthening in January

For now it seems that the Chelsea squad has the right balance to it, one can't imagine too much headline grabbing business taking place in January.

The rest of the season

It's hard not to see Chelsea being in the mix for both the Premier League and Champions League at the business end of both competitions, and it'd be unimaginable for them to not at least have one piece of silverware in the cabinet come the end of the campaign.

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