Everyone connected with Chelsea in any way seems disappointed about the season. But let’s think about it rationally for a moment. Chelsea have finished third in the Premier League after running the top two very close all season. We also reached the semi-finals of the Champions League where we came pretty close against what is proving itself to be the strongest team in Spain this year.
This is not a bad result when you consider that Jose Mourinho has had less than a year in charge and no real time to make the signings – and sales – he really wants to.
But perhaps the single most telling statistic of them all is that we took six points of both Manchester City and Liverpool in the league games. The game away at the Etihad, in particular, was one of the greatest performances of any team all season.
This should be telling us all something. It should be telling us that Chelsea can still beat anyone on their day – so just imagine what they’ll be able to do next season after a little shuffling around by the “special one”.
As things stand, though, Chelsea are still second favourites behind newly crowned champions Man City to win the Premier League next season at around 3.6 with Betfair. This looks pretty generous after what we’ve seen over the last 12 months – and Mourinho will undoubtedly be looking to prove himself as the world’s greatest manager again next year.
Man City are currently around 2.8 with Betfair – then there’s a bit of a gap to Man United and Liverpool at 7s and Arsenal completely unfancied at 11.
Overall – it should most definitely be a case of our Chelsea glass being half full rather than half empty. The season has surpassed many of the most optimistic but realistic of fans’ expectations and next season – the blues will surely go one better; so grab those odds while you still can and enjoy the ride.