Last season saw Chelsea miss out on all available trophies, with Manchester City winning the Premier League and League Cup, Real Madrid winning the Champions League and Arsenal winning the FA Cup. Part of the reason for them missing out could have been because they were not fully focussed on a certain trophy as they have a reasonably large squad in comparison to others.
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With so many stars in action in Brazil, it's obvious that at least a few will show what they can really do. This is met with the eager eyes of domestic clubs around the world who are readying bids as we speak. A number of managers have actually gone to Brazil to commentate on the action.
Sometimes a career at a top-flight club doesn't always pan out how you would want it to go. Discovered as a younger, thrust into the first team and become a legend of that club. Only a handful every achieve that legendary status, but so many thousands try. Some of these players aren't even given a chance to prove themselves worthy as they are sent on loan for a majority of the early stages in their career and then sold.
While Chelsea have been busy, in the past couple of weeks, with sorting out signings for the club, they could be on the verge of making more money from selling players. Media attention have been firmly focused on the saga's surrounding Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, but also deals for Filipe Luis and Tiago from Atletico Madrid. A quartet of La Liga stars are expected to arrive in London after the World Cup has finished, so they say.
So many forwards have been linked with a move to Chelsea in the past few weeks, with all seemingly credible additions. Jose Mourinho has searched far and wide for replacements to the expected departures of Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres. This has thrown up results in Germany, Spain and now Italy. Diego Costa has been the front-man touted for a Chelsea switch, but until that deal takes place, the London based club will be constantly linked with moves for attackers.
Sometimes in a season your strikers just don't perform as well as you think they should do, therefore relying on other players to make up for such lack of form. They chip in with goals from time to time, but not regularly enough for your liking. You instantly jump to the conclusion that a complete re-shuffle is needed in order to fill that void. However, leaping at the first striker that becomes available isn't the way forward.
One of nine players aged 30 or over in the Chelsea side, Essien may well find himself on the transfer list come June-time, along with a host of the others, the likes of Hilario, Ferreira, Benayoun and Meireles are out of favour and have just the one start between them this season. It certainly seems like this will be the summer that the older players get shown the door.
However, is it possible that Essien still has a future at the club? At just 30, and with 18 appearances for Real Madrid this season, its still quite possible. He has certainly shown he can still play at the top level of the game still.
Ballon d’or winner, World Cup winner, three times in the UEFA World XI, and a list of personal achievements that stretch nearly as long as his gangly 6ft 1 frame. Hardly a resume of a player that at just 30, could be leaving the Galacticos of Real Madrid this summer.
If last years Champions League victory was a miracle, then a second successive one, would truly be an act of god for the Stamford Bridge side.
Despite possessing arguably a better team this term, as well as having the mental ability to win the trophy, whilst surrounded by the problems we faced last year, I think this year will see one of the Spanish giants, Barcelona or Real Madrid pick up the coveted prize.
With the end of the season nearing us, players and managers are linked with moves daily, and with Roman Abramovich keen to give his new manager a licence to overhaul the current squad, then have been linked with a host of players from all over the globe.
Chelsea seemingly wrote their own script today as they managed to draw 2-2 with Barcelona at the Nou Camp, and send them through to the Champions League Final, to face either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.
The Blues are often spoke about in negative terms when it comes to financial matters but according to Deloitte's league table of the world's richest football clubs Chelsea sit in sixth.
The Stamford Bridge re-build is likely to continue as AVB looks to Spain for new blood.
AVB has come out and confirmed that he won’t be signing the Brazilian star.
Spain's titans, Barca and Real Madrid, both have youth player's in B teams in lower leagues, Barca's youth team is somewhat of an elite force