Despite Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal defeat by Manchester City at Wembley, there is still much at stake for Chelsea this season. It might be UEFA’s secondary competition, but the Europa League trophy could well be paraded around Stamford Bridge come the end of the campaign, while there is also every chance the Blues will secure a place in next season’s Champions League by finishing in the top four in the Premier League.
Yet, while there is still much to play over the next month or so, it is inevitable the thoughts of Chelsea fans, players and club executives will also occasionally turn to next season.
Who, for example, will be the Blues’ manager next term? Will legends like Frank Lampard and John Terry—who have been synonymous with the club’s success over the past decade—still be at the club come August? And will players like Romelu Lukaku, Josh McEachran and Michael Essien, who have all spent this season on loan at other clubs, return to SW6 for the new campaign?
Without answers to these important questions it’s difficult to make any solid predictions for what might happen at the Bridge next term. Perhaps, then, with so much uncertainty in the air, it’s better to focus on what the club’s realistic goals for 2013-14 should be, regardless of who is in the manager’s dugout or out on the pitch.
And, by an amazing coincidence, that’s precisely what this article is about. So, let the slideshow reveal the Blues’ major achievable targets for the coming season.