At the start of the season, things looked bright, we had the Special One returning home and a whole host of bright summer signings under our belt such as Andre Schurrle, Willian and Samuel Eto’o. Things were looking up and we started our season off in fantastic style, beating Hull 2-0 in August, with Frank Lampard continuing where he left off last season scoring a cracker of a free kick. Mourinho had well and truly returned.
We then had a difficult match away at Manchester United but fought bravely for a 0-0 draw, and players such as Kevin De Bruyne and Andre Schurrle were coming through brightly. Andre Schurrle in particular looked threatening against Aston Villa in a mid-week clash as we battled on to win 2-1.
However, a trip to Goodison Park knocked the team’s confidence as we were stunned with a 1-0 defeat against Everton. This was especially hard-hitting as we had just returned from a Super Cup loss to Bayern Munich and we then lost (albeit undeservedly) the following opening Champions League game at home to Basel. Things were not looking good for the Special One and fans were beginning to get slightly impatient, but in true Mourinho style, he answered his critics with a 2-1 win over West London rivals Fulham and even John Obi Mikel got a goal!
The following match was a difficult trip to White Hart lane to play Tottenham and we held our nerve to clinch a point against the in-form side. From then on, Chelsea went on an impressive run of games beating Steaua and Schalke 4-0 and 3-0 in the Champions League and even beating title contenders Manchester City 2-1 with Torres grabbing the decisive winner. We had also gone to the Emirates and beaten an in-form Arsenal side 2-0 with Mata showing his class when it counted.
But our rollercoaster season took yet another turn for the worse as we were shocked with a 2-0 loss at Newcastle and in a post-match interview, Mourinho said we treated the game like a friendly and our attack just didn’t look good enough. He must have had a few choice words with the players because they were unstoppable in the following game against Schalke in the Champions League. We really showed our class and determination, to keep the likes of Julian Draxler and Kevin Prince Boateng under control and Samuel Eto’o grabbed two goals to send us comfortably top.
And in a tense finale at the Bridge, we showed great character to snatch a late equaliser from a Hazard penalty and Eto’o bagged another goal. Eto’o is really starting to look promising and we can expect much more from the Cameroonian as his form picks up.
All in all, it’s been a pretty crazy season so far and it will probably continue to throw up some exciting moments, as Mourinho defiantly soldiers on to lead to the Blues. Although Arsenal and Liverpool are hot contenders for the title at the moment, it really wouldn’t be that surprising to see the Special One work his magic and lead us to another title, because, after all, stranger things have happened to us…