Chelsea’s troubled season, and pathetic defence of their Premier League crown, has been beautiful for all to witness outside of Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have developed themselves into something of a pantomime villain, with people objecting to Roman Abramovich’s millions and the pedestal that the likes of super twats Jose Mourinho and John Terry are placed upon.
Following the ‘several months too late’ decision to sack Jose Mourinho – further cementing the insufferable arsehole’s reputation as a ‘shock’ manager incapable of longevity – Guus Hiddink returned and steadied the sinking ship.
The revival under their returning manager has seen the Blues rise rapidly – and rather quietly – up the Premier League table. However, a 1-1 draw with Stoke has left them in 10th place and ten points off of the promised land of fourth spot.
With 27 points left to play for, the Blues certainly shouldn’t have – and wouldn’t of – given up hope of sneaking into that final Champions League qualification spot.
Chelsea’s run-in sees them pitted against Manchester City, West Ham, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City. Therefore, not only could they have a huge say in where the title ends up, the Blues will have the chance to dent their direct rivals for those Champions League berths.
The Dutchman is now the record holder for the longest unbeaten run in the Premier League from the start of the reign.
The draw against the Potters now means Hiddink is unbeaten in his first 12 league games (and counting) since his return.
Hiddink’s personality, approach and understanding of his players has turned Chelsea’s dressing room from one that was heading towards a Game of Thrones ‘Red Wedding’ to one that is now making one another daisy chains.
Such a Chelsea thing to do
Everyone hates them; everyone was crossing everything that they’d find themselves in the Championship next season (although they knew it was never even really going to come close to that).
So, wouldn’t it be such a Chelsea thing to do, to stick two fingers up to everyone by going from relegation contenders to Champions League qualifiers.
No one wants it
It would be too easy to blame Manchester City’s poor form on the whole Guardiola and Pellegrini switcharoo, because the Citizens haven’t played well since the opening five games of the Premier League season.
Arsenal are out Arsenal’ing themselves and redefining the very meaning of ‘bunch of weak-minded muppets’.
Just four games ago, the top four was meant to be settled with Manchester United six points off of Manchester City in fourth; now the Red Devils are back in the hunt and even find themselves behind West Ham.
This season is frustratingly unpredictable and Chelsea can capitalise on the inadequacies of their rivals, as they continue to return to their ruthless self.