With hope all but gone this season for a respectable league finish, what is the best outcome for the Blues in this campaign?
Well, of course winning the Champions League is the ultimate goal. But unless the miracles of 2012 are to be repeated that could prove to be mission impossible. With this seemingly the Blues only way in to Champions League football next season, winning it will take priority. But with sides like Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid looking as dangerous as ever, as well as overturning a 2-1 deficit against PSG just to reach the quarter finals, this could well be beyond Chelsea.
After a 5-1 thrashing of Manchester City in the FA Cup on Sunday, the Blues will look to this competition as a real chance of silverware to bring some success to this season. With Everton away in the quarter finals though it’ll prove to be a tough encounter and the Londoners will have to be at their best to progress to Wembley.
Being fourteen points behind the top four spots with only twelve games to play, that is surely out of reach. But after one of the toughest of seasons for the fans, the Blues will be hoping to finish strong and a top six finish is not beyond them with Saturdays opponents Southampton seven points ahead in sixth place, that is a target that can be achieved.
With the dismissal of Mourinho and the team in disarray for half the season, a top six finish and an FA Cup triumph would be seen as a minor success at Stamford Bridge. Although the Champions League is still the dream and should take priority. Realistically it will probably be a step too far and the Blues players and fans will find it difficult without top flight European football next season.