Another season ends yet again...
Amazing Rafael Benitez
The unsung hero of our season. He probably didn't receive as many praises as he deserved, but here I would give him all my best. One key strength of that man is none other than professionalism. When he took over from Robbie, he probably received one of the worst receptions in history of football, and in a big club with no small amount of pressure. Fast forwarding 6 months later, and suddenly we saw him with the Europa League, third place in the Premier League, and receiving applause from fans. That is what determination and spirit can get you. He decides to be professional and ignore all possible negative receptions and just focus on his job, and with his brilliance as his weapon, he managed to show what he can do.
It was a bit unfortunate that his great talent was not to be ours, but perhaps it never is, and we have another special man out there. But he did get something out of this as well, after his tenure at Inter, this probably improved his CV and secured himself as one of the top managers in Europe, and now he got his position in Napoli (congratulations to him!). Now we're back in contention for the Champions League, in a great spirit to challenge the Premier League, records were broken, players improved, and we look set to start of next season with high hopes.
One thing we should always admire of Rafa Benitez, is that he managed to turn boos to applause in six months, and for that we shall give him one last sign of gratitude and wish him all the best in the future.
King of Europe?
Recently, we hadn't been one of the clubs to look up to in England. But we certainly have something to show in Europe. Last year was probably a historic moment to win the UCL. But this year was no less great with the Europa League in our hands. And for 10 days, we hold both European trophies which none have ever did, probably showing what we are and what we can do, and yes, we will be back for more.
I personally feel that recent seasons was our transition era. With managers still changing, players coming in and out, and not a stable team was presented consistently. Young players like Mata, Hazard and Oscar came in and they looked to steal the show from the old guards, and they present themselves as worthy successors to the clubs attacking engine. Some like Azpilicueta and Luiz also settled in the first team and replace old guards such as Drogba, Malouda, Ferreira who were pioneers of our success in the last few years. So now, perhaps the team is pretty much settled, and we look set to start a new generation of Chelsea Football Club.