They were looking well after a promising start and some impressive performances. Everyone touted them as the favourites.
They started losing match after match until their backs touched the wall. They turned around and got back to winning ways in their old form. Yes, I was speaking of Chelsea's behaviour in the past two seasons.
This season they were not impressive but nevertheless, the Blues managed to be in close competition with rivals Manchester City and United. Suddenly, they lost one match and everything seemed to go haywire. Chelsea rapidly found themselves falling out of the top four in the league, saw their Champions' League future uncertain and crashed out of the Carling Cup.
Everyone predicted that the Blues were crumbling and that this season could be the last for the West London club in the top four. The future of Chelsea looked bleaker by the day, and their weekend match with Newcastle was touted as their season-deciding match.
With their backs on the wall, AVB's squad delivered a performance that not many had expected, not even the Chelsea faithfuls. Such a promising win ahead of a tough set of fixtures that might make or break their season is undoubtedly much to rejoice about. But what became most evident today was that the Blues deliver best when they are downtrodden and lost.