Chelsea veteran Gary Cahill claimed that the FA Cup victory of last term ‘saved our season’ according to a video released by the BBC.
Though they played a decent brand of football during the first half of last season, the Blues struggled during the second half eventually finished the league in fifth place. There were rumors of behind the scenes unrest between former manager Antonio Conte and the club’s board and this could be witnessed in the team’s performances as they looked like a demoralized unit. Things were so bad that at one point, they had even lost five out of several Premier League games.
The Blues appeared to not have filled the void that was left by the departures of Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa. Fittingly, the Blues’ 2017/18 season was summed up in their closing day 3-0 defeat against Newcastle. It was a season filled with frustration and disorganization. It ultimately lead to the sacking of Conte.
The Blues did, however, manage to claim a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in May and this would have at least gave the fans something to celebrate in what would have been a frustrating period for them.
Following the appointment of new boss Maurizio Sarri, the Blues now look like a well-oiled machine once again. If they can keep up the current level of momentum over the coming months, they could well challenge for major trophies this season.
Interestingly, the Champions League defeats of Liverpool and Juventus this week (against Red Star Belgrade and Manchester United, respectively) now mean that Sarri’s side are currently the only high-profile team in Europe that has yet to lose a competitive fixture in all competitions this season.
This is surely impressive but can the Blues maintain the momentum? We will have to wait and see.