Chelsea: Why Battersea Power Station Move Will See Them Rule over Europe

Dan RenfroCorrespondent IIIMay 8, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  (L-R) Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, John Obi Mikel and Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea celebrate after the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Chelsea are evolving, and their (potential) new stadium exemplifies their intent to take huge steps forward and develop as a football club.

According to a report from BBC Sport, Chelsea have made an offer to buy Battersea Power Station and turn it into a 60,000 capacity stadium.

The purchase would be brilliant for the club, and it would be symbolic of their move toward future dominance. Chelsea are undergoing a changing of the guard, and a new stadium would be perfect. The change ought to be slow, but it needs to happen soon.

Unfortunately, Andre Villas-Boas was so focused on getting his own players on the team, he upset the wrong guys. He was disrespectful toward the old guard, and he didn't appreciate what they could still bring to the team. As a result, he lost control of the dressing room and, eventually, his job.

Contrarily, Roberto Di Matteo was willing to use the players that were slightly past their primes. By no means do John Terry or Frank Lampard provide a long-term solution, but they certainly deserve to play under the given circumstances.

Similarly, Stamford Bridge must be remembered as one of the great stadiums in England. It has been renovated a few times since being built in the 1870s, but its time is up. It's too small for what the club wants to be, and expansion doesn't make economical sense.

As Chelsea move forward, it will behoove them to get younger, more dynamic players. Likewise, it's optimal for the club to move into a state-of-the-art stadium.

Chelsea have played at Stamford Bridge for over 100 years, but the stadium just isn't getting the job done anymore. Furthermore, renovations just don't make sense.

Similarly, hanging onto the older players for too long will inevitably hurt the club. They've done their part, but in the next few seasons, they need to be slowly phased out.

Subsequently, Chelsea will be able to move on and start a new reign of dominance.

Battersea Power Station could become a fortress for the new-look Chelsea squad. With stars like Kevin De Bruyne, Lukaku and Josh McEachran, a dynamic Blues squad could attain European glory.

The club's tradition is respected. The young players are ready to write their own history. Chelsea are set to become a European dynasty. And all of the trophies will be won while the Blues play in Battersea Power Station.

Chelsea just have to take the first steps.