Where Chelsea have been strong and consistent enough in their league campaign to win it early, this strength wasn’t able to carry them to the latter stages of the Champions League.
In the past month, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Juventus have claimed their respective league titles, with La Liga being a race between Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, the Premier League champions were the only team to not reach the final eight, dropping out to soon to be Ligue 1 champions PSG, which perhaps further drives the point home.
It can be said that dropping out while there were a notable amount of games left was a blessing in disguise, as injury woes combined with European competition could’ve had the Blues in a tense situation at the end of the season. However, one can’t help but wonder if Mourinho’s team could’ve got even more out of this season, as another Champions League would have easily silenced Mourinho’s detractors.
Perhaps one can credit Chelsea’s shortcomings in Europe to a rare lapse in concentration against a good side, or perhaps burn out from maintaining good form to win what is often stated to be the most competitive league. Conversely however, seeing as not a single English team has gotten to the latter stages in either European competition this year, this overall lacklustre showing from the premier league could be a prompt for worry about the future of English football, especially if even the strongest teams in the league can’t get to the quarter finals. Of course, it would be overreacting to make such big claims on the results of one season, but it does give the managers of the Premier League’s top teams something think about.
One can hope that Chelsea can improve their already dominant squad in order to step up to the challenge next year, with enough squad depth to have a realistic chance of challenging for all available silverware.