Yet another season has gone by for Chelsea and honestly one can say it was not a ‘special one’ even though we have witnessed the return of the “The Special One’-Jose Mourinho.
A lot was expected upon his arrival for the second time at the Stamford Bridge but Chelsea somehow managed to end up trophy less in his first season in charge.
Now lets take a look at the key points which have had effect on Chelsea F.C’s 2013-14 season
Premier league trophy slipped out due to some unexpected results
*Chelsea were not defeated and in fact have beaten the big sides like Arsenal,Manchester City and United,Liverpool which is one huge plus that can be taken from the premier league stint.
*The results that mattered in the end were those against West Ham,Sunderland, Norwich city and West Brom which went wrong.
*Having used the ultra defensive technique themselves, Chelsea weren’t able to break down the very same which was used by teams against them.
*At least if some of those unexpected draws could have been converted in to wins, Premier league trophy would have returned to Stamford Bridge after 4 years.
No clinical finisher in front of goal
* Ever since the departure of Ivorian Didier Drogba the striking prowess hasn’t been the same for Chelsea even though the likes of Torres, Eto’o and Demba Ba were present.
*The trio of those strikers fired at times when it mattered but haven’t shown any consistency in their performances.
*This inconsistency in front of goal cost Chelsea many ‘expected to win games’ which ultimately resulted in a 3rd place finish in the league.
*Even though the team was let down by the strikers, midfielders stepped up for the job and saved some games for the side, especially players like Schurrle and Hazard.
Eden Hazard was ‘The Player of the season’
*With 17 goals and numerous assists Hazard was not only Chelsea’s player of the season but also PFA young player of the season.
*The Belgian attacker turned many games in Chelsea’s favour single-handedly and tormented defences of the opponents.
*His stand out game of the season was the 4-3 away win at Sunderland in which he inspired Chelsea with 2 brilliant goals.
*He was also nominated in the 23 man shortlist for the Balon D’or award for his performances.
Defence was the best area for the season
*Chelsea conceded the lowest number of goals in the Premier league(27) in the last season.
*This was the work of two of the best centre backs of the season, Terry and Cahill who were rock solid at the back and made it difficult for the opponents to break the defence down.
*Cesar Azpilicueta developed by leaps and bounds under Mourinho and went from a reserve to regular in a little time and played a key role in Mou’s tactics.
*This resulted in Petr Cech winning the golden glove for the season with 16 clean sheets to his name.