Friday, May 21, 2010

Chelsea Deserve To Be Premiership Champions

Several odds were against Chelsea’s title aspiration this season, but they forged ahead despite the odds and eventually proved to the world that they deserved to be the premiership champions. This great achievement was due to the characters exhibited by both the players and the coaching crew.

First of all let’s look at some of these odds that stood as a giant against the club’s league dreams.
1. Unstable coaching crew: Chelsea had suffered from incessant hiring and firing of coaches in the past few years. In the past six years to be precise, the team has had at least 5 coaches, from Jose Maurinho, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Avran Grant, Guus Hiddink to Carlo ancelotti. This was enough to destabilize any clubside, but the club forged ahead winning at least a Silverware every season.
2. Injury prone team: the team was several times depleted by injuries to the players during the season, but they were able to surmount the problem. Notable players who had injuries at one time or the other included Michael Essien, Joe Cole, Ashley Cole, Petr Cechs, Michael Ballack, etc.
3. Nations Cup break: The Angola 2010 Orange African Cup of Nations held in the months of Jan./Feb also threatened the premiership dream of the club as four key players went to represent their respective countries. The players who went to participate in the Nations cup were Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel and Salomon Kalou. By the time they returned from National assignments Wayne Rooney was already 6 goals ahead of Didier Drogba (at 20:14 goals) Drogba worked tirelessly and on the very last day of the season he netted a hatrick to top the league’s scorers’ chart with 29 goals while Rooney had 26.
4. John Terry’s trouble: Chelsea’s captain John Terry got involved in troubles that had to do with marital infidelity and this rocked the team and caused them some psychological/emotional distress as their captain lost his captainship of the English national team. They soon put all that behind them.
5. FIFA’S temporary ban: In September 2009 FIFA slammed a ban on the team, restricting them from signing new players for both domestic and continental campaigns till 2011, following their illegal signing of 18 year old French player Gael Kakuta from Lens FC of France. Though the ban was later lifted by FIFA, it was enough to set the club backward.

How Did They Become Winners?
Two main things were responsible for the club side becoming champions:
1. Team spirit: The club worked as a united team; they knew they would rise if they remained united and worked as a compact team. That reflected in their various league matches. They won several matches with a wide goal margin because everyone worked for the team’s success. Eventually, they set a new premiership reward of 103 goals in one season.
2. Focus: The team (players and caching crew) just refused to be distracted by the barrage of problems that confronted them. They had their eyes and their minds on the league title and at the end they got it. Chelsea FC has the spirit of a champion and they used it to achieve their premiership aspirations. We expect them to do same as they participate in the Champions’ league next season. We wish them good luck.

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