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The Return of The Special One Ends With a Not So Special Season For Chelsea

Wednesday 14th May 2014
Chelsea fan Kieron Ryan shares his thoughts on the Chelsea's 2013/14 campaign,which saw the return of Jose Mourinho as manager.

The return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea did not give Chelsea fans a fairy-tale end to the season, but if it can be described as a success or a failure one must look at the key moments in the season. From the transfer market to the key games this season has been unpredictable to say the least.

Firstly, Id like to state I don't believe this is a transitional season, yes there are changes but with money spent, our squad and our manager we were, and should have been favourites to win the Barclay's Premier League. I acknowledge the views that this season was a transitional one, but I do not support them.

As “Jo-se Mourinh-yo” rings around the bridge on a gamely basis, it brings happiness, of course. This is our greatest manager in the Abramovich era, he spoke of stability and evolution and everyone was excited. He did the job in the big games, We are undefeated against the “top teams” home and away this season. Phenomenal record. A record donned by champions, so why aren't we champions?

For everyone that indicates that we lacked a clear cut striker. I disagree. It's too easy to blame it on our strikers, I'm not saying we have top quality attackers, but at the same time they aren't terrible. Eto'o scored some big goals, as did Ba and Torres did what Torres has done since he joined, be involved in the linkup play, but not finish. I point to our midfield, Matic, a solid defensive wall whose re-addition in January was a great capture, but his partner? Nobody is fit for the double pivot role, nobody with the energy, range of passing, penetration and discipline for the role. A Mikel / Luiz hybrid player would have done it. Control the tempo,Look at the top teams. Xavi, Toni Kroos, Paul Scholes, Xabi Alonso to name a few past and present. All have the description I mentioned above. I think we were one deep lying play maker away from Glory.

In terms of the league, finishing in one of the Champions League automatic qualifying spots, coupled with a Champions League semi-final is a great result. Azpilicueta's cup goal against Arsenal aside the domestic cup campaign was quite poor and left a lot to be desired, but in Europe we fought like we always do. I was so confident of reaching the final once Torres' had put us 1 nil up against Athletico, but I think the better team qualified and no Chelsea fan can be displeased by the fantastic campaign we ran in Europe this season. The Ba goal vs PSG was a particular highlight to be enjoyed.

Every year, 19 other teams in the Premier League question the if's, and but's for the season as that one team sits atop with the trophy? What can we ask? Aston Villa away? that was the big loss. Sunderland at home was equal to it. I like to think of these as what if we kept Mata, so when Hazard was injured we had a quality player who could control the tempo? What if we did sign a centre forward, or kept Lukaku, What if Courtois wasn't on loan to Athletico? Hopefully you, like me can move past any regrets we may have and embrace the excited for next season.

Always remember. Win or lose. Up the Chels.

Thanks for reading! Hopefully next season the premier league returns to the bridge. Keep the blue flag flying high. Never forget, Ashley Cole has won a European Cup! Thanks for everything Ash! All the best.
Kieron Ryan
A young Irish man, beginning to write articles to express my opinions and knowledge of facts, get abit of banter and to expand my knowledge of the game. Will be writing about The Irish game, La Liga, Liga Adelante, All tiers of English football and the SPL.

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