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Did you honestly think 2011-12 was going to be an easy, trophy-filled year for Chelsea?
If so, then you just don't know how football works.
Andre Villas-Boas was brought in to change the Blues into an entertaining, counter-attacking club. The players were not built for that.
As he slowly gets the players he wants, things will get better. He needs some time to work magic, and that should've been accepted from the beginning.
It's tough to deal with, but it's the truth. Chelsea have built a winning tradition, and it's tough to cope with losing. However, when you're changing a club's culture, it has to get bad before it gets good.
That's what is happening right now. Assuming the Premier League title is out of reach (pretty safe assumption, eh?), there are still two trophies up for grabs. That's not bad.
Chelsea are playing entertaining football, and they have one of the most dynamic players in the EPL (Juan Mata). Things aren't horrible, and they very well could be.
Chelsea must qualify for the Champions League. Other than that, this year is pretty much a wash. That's fine.
This year was supposed to be a transition year. It is, and Chelsea fans must be patient as things start to get better.
No matter what people say, Chelsea are not in the middle of a crisis.