So Chelsea's 2013 has drawn to a close, and with a huge win to top it off. As we are now half way through the season, it seems as good a time as ever to take a look back at the first half and evaluate.
Chelsea are sitting in third place, just two points off the top of the Premier League, and despite some well-documented weaknesses in the squad, there have been some outstanding personal performances in blue so far this season.
Juan Mata was far and away the best player throughout the last two seasons, but has struggled to find playing time this year. So who is Chelsea's midseason player of the year? Read on for a few of the candidates, as well as the winner.
Coming off of a disappointing season, we weren't sure if we would ever see John Terry back to his rock solid defensive best.
However, back under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea captain has flourished, and become an integral part of the defence. The Blues miss the presence of the veteran when he does not play, and the fact that Jose Mourinho has played him in every Premier League game this season speaks volumes—not just for Terry, but about the club's priorities this season.
Terry has been Chelsea's rock in defence, even when they have struggled. He has continued to lead the team with his unique skills as captain, and even scored a couple of goals.
It might seem odd to include two defenders on this list, when you consider how poor Chelsea have been defensively in the last few games. But any criticism of a Jose Mourinho side's defence is all relative, and Branislav Ivanovic has been outstanding once again.
Too often the unsung hero of Stamford Bridge, Ivanovic has also been ever-present in the Chelsea defence, and shown his usual skills of strength, aerial agility, and possibly the best work rate on the team. If it wasn't for Ivanovic, who knows what state Chelsea's defence would have been in for the last few years.
Wasted in defensive midfield last season, we were only able to see glimpses of Oscar's true talent. However, despite the uproar over dropping Juan Mata, Jose Mourinho saw the quality in Oscar, and decided to build the team around him in the No. 10 role.
Oscar has flourished in his new role, and even though five goals, more than 80 percent passing completion, and two Man of the Match awards shout volumes, the stats do not even do justice to the number of games that he has directly influenced.
In fact, Oscar would be the runaway choice for player of the season on many occasions, that is, if it weren't for...
We may only be halfway through the season, but it is hard to see anyone other than this man being the Chelsea Player of the Season, if not the Premier League Player of the Season.
Eight goals and four assists tell you all you need to know about this man's attacking ability, and Hazard has single-handedly pulled Chelsea out of some very sticky situations, and often with some of the best goals you'll see this year.
Hazard has the rare ability to entertain as well as change results, and we will all look forward to the future years that he plays in a Chelsea shirt.