Chelsea FC: 6 Keys to the Blues Retaining Their Champions League Crown

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Chelsea FC: 6 Keys to the Blues Retaining Their Champions League Crown
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In two weeks, Chelsea will begin defense of its first UEFA Champions League title when it hosts Serie A champions Juventus at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues qualified for the tournament of all tournaments this season the hard way taking it all the way down to Didier Drogba’s last penalty kick against Bayern Munich in the final after failing to automatically qualify by finishing in the top four places in the English Premier League table (the Blues finished sixth).

Chelsea did get a pretty favorable Champions League draw last week unlike defending EPL champions Manchester City who found themselves in the so-called Group of Death alongside defending La Liga champions Real Madrid, Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund and Eredivisie champions Ajax.

So what exactly do the Blues need to try to do try to repeat this season? Here are six things I think need to happen to make that improbable possibility a potential reality.

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