Chelsea FC goalkeeper Petr Cech has been ruled out for the rest of the year with a shoulder injury suffered in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal against Atletico Madrid and is aware of the club’s season defining week ahead but feels the club have already had a successful season. Chelsea are still outside challengers for the Premier League title and are only 90 minutes away from a second trip the Champions League final in three years. Petr Cech feels that no matter what happens in the next few weeks, he and the rest of the Blues should consider this a successful season.
Petr Cech explains to the Evening Standard why he feels this way:
“We’re not the favourites for the [Premier League] title. If we don’t win it, we will be disappointed but it was not the target. As the manager said, this is a process of him building the team he wants. We have made progress even if there are no trophies at the end to show for it. We have been looking for stability and in the last few seasons we have had a lot of changes of manager. It’s really important to start with one manager and end it with the same one. Now next season we can make an even bigger step forward. Whatever happens this season it will be even better next season because of the confidence we have gained and we will be in an even better position to fulfil our targets.”
Big Pete obviously has a point that a season in which Chelsea starts and ends the campaign with the same manager is a success in its own right, but the trophies the past two years say otherwise. In 2012, Andre Villas-Boas was replaced by Roberto Di Matteo and the Blues went on to win a historic double by claiming the FA Cup and Champions League trophies. Last season was not quite as successful with Rafa Benitez replacing the departed Di Matteo but Chelsea still won a significant trophy in the Europa League. Most teams thrive off stability but Chelsea, especially in cup competitions, seem to thrive on chaos.
If the Blues do in fact end the season without a trophy then it will still be a success in a matter of speaking because of the great foundations laid for the future. They have found the solution to their central midfield woes with Nemanja Matic and have added an exciting talent with boundless potential in Mohamed Salah. Chelsea will also undoubtedly sign a new striker and hopefully bring Romelu Lukaku back in to the fold to complete a transition that Jose Mourinho has spoken so often about. When all is said and done however, there may be a new trophy in the cabinet so there can be no hesitation for Petr Cech when he proclaims this season a success.
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