Fernando Torres Says Chelsea Can Win It All This Year: Will They?
Chelsea crashed to a 1-0 defeat against Everton this weekend, but if Fernando Torres' comments following the game are anything to go by, it hasn't dented confidence in the Stamford Bridge dressing room.
The Blues' Spanish striker told The Telegraph:
That can be realistic [winning everything] because we have a great squad. We have to think positive.
Having players who can regain the ball and be really quick is one of the big qualities we have this season in our squad. We have those type of players up front and on the wings.
That is good for us [the strikers] to play in the space behind. The main thing is to take it step by step, score goals, work for the team and do well when we have the chance and win a trophy.
If we're being pedantic, Chelsea's defeat to Bayern Munich in the Super Cup already this season renders Torres' prediction void.
But the Blues do remain in the hunt in four other major competitions, of which Jose Mourinho will be hoping to take at least one piece of silverware from.
Bleacher Report assesses their chances in the Premier League, FA Cup, Capital One Cup and Champions League.
In his first season as Chelsea boss, Mourinho made it look easy as Chelsea won the Premier League at a canter, with a record points tally of 95.
The following year, with his team claiming back-to-back title victories, the Blues were equally impressive as they lifted the title with an eight-point cushion, finishing the season on 91 points.
Now back at his spiritual home, Mourinho knows it's going to be much more difficult this time out.
The Premier League is an altogether different beast in 2013-14, with anyone of last season's top five—Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur—having a realistic opportunity of finishing top of the pile.
Chelsea have a team packed full of youthful talent that looks like becoming one of the great sides in Europe. For now, though, they remain raw and need experience to get better and realize their potential.
There's no questioning they have the talent, but with youth comes inconsistency and there are big questions as to whether or not this Chelsea team is ready to dominate.
Add to that their need for a truly world-class striker and behind the facade created by Mourinho's homecoming, hopes of a Premier League victory parade come May look somewhat premature.
Prediction: Champions League qualification
It remains the holy grail where Mourinho's Chelsea career is concerned.
The Portuguese won everything in English football with the Blues during his first three years in charge, but it was the Champions League that eluded him.
That's not to say Chelsea didn't come close, reaching the semifinals twice only to be outdone by Liverpool on each occasion.
The Blues lifted the European crown in 2012, of course, making history as the first London club to claim victory in the competition.
Like their chances in the Premier League this term, it looks a big ask, though. Standing in front of them are teams that are primed and ready to snatch Bayern Munich's title as European champions, with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern themselves all contenders to taste glory.
Their defeat on penalties in the Super Cup against Pep Guardiola's Bayern showed Chelsea can live with the big boys, but like the No. 1 crown domestically, this season will be too soon for this young Blues outfit.
Capital One Cup
Referring back to Jose Mourinho's first spell in charge at Chelsea, he used the League Cup to breed a winning spirit among his squad.
The likes of John Terry and Frank Lampard came with considerable reputations, but they had never tasted the ecstasy brought on by lifting major honors.
As the first trophy up for contention—other than the Super Cup, of course—Mourinho will more than likely target success in the Capital One Cup again.
He has inherited a squad in a similar position to that of 2003-04, with few players that truly understand the feeling of holding silverware aloft.
They won the Europa League last season, but the Capital One Cup is the perfect opportunity for Chelsea to show they are continuing on the right path to success and Mourinho will not want to miss an opportunity to add to his already bulging trophy cabinet.
No team has ever dominated the FA Cup like Chelsea have in recent years.
From just a handful of visits to the old Wembley Stadium, since its redevelopment in 2007, Chelsea have been back over 10 times for various high-profile occasions.
Four of those have been for the FA Cup Final and they are yet to lose, defeating Manchester United (2007), Everton (2009), Portsmouth (2010) and Liverpool (2012).
Can Chelsea claim a clean sweep this season?
It brings their overall success in the competition up to seven victories, making them joint fourth with Liverpool in the all-time list of winners.
Manchester United are the most successful club with 11 victories and make no mistake, Mourinho will see this season as an opportunity to narrow that gap.
The beauty of cup football is that the form book is often thrown out of the window. It comes down to a simple footballing outcome of who is better on the day, and while it may be too early to remain consistent enough in the Premier League to finish as No. 1, the cup competitions are going to prove a different prospect for Mourinho's Chelsea this term.
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