Another Premier League season has ended, and while it wasn’t a particularly glorious one, there were still some great moments/highlights which we should remember.
Starting at number 5- And Kieran Trippier’s done it!
Beating Spurs is always wonderful, even more so these days as Mauricio Pochettino has formed a formidable force in North London.
At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea rolled back the years and out on a vintage display of pure counter attacking which saw them pick up all three points.
The game was topped off with a wonderful Trippier own goal as he rolled the ball past Hugo Lloris.
It was made even better when somebody edited the video and put the commentary of his goal from the World Cup against Columbia.
4) Champions League is back!
Thanks to us being the best of a bad bunch, Champions League football was secured before our final game of the season.
Even more bizarrely, we ended up in third place. The highest of all London teams and that surely gives us some bragging rights.
3) Carabao Cup Run!
Although our run in the League Cup ended in defeat by Manchester City, our overall performance and victories in the competition are hard to ignore.
Beating Liverpool at Anfield, Spurs on penalties and Frank Lampard’s Derby County en route to Wembley were some of the best games we’ve played this year.
Even the final, the performance of the players gave renewed hope and optimism that Chelsea could turn their season around having recently been giving a good seeing too by City.
2) Another cup final!
Our Europa League run may not have been the hardest, but our penalty shoot out win over Eintracht Frankfurt put Chelsea into another European final.
In fact no English club has reached more finals than Chelsea since Roman Abramovich took over the club.
We face familiar opponents in Arsenal, and victory in Baku would mean we prevent Unai Emery’s side playing Champions League football next season.
And that’s a proper Chels thing to do.
1) Playing da yoot!
Like waiting for a bus really isn’t it? Wait ages for an academy player to break through and two come along at once.
The emergence of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek is surely the highlight of our season.
Add to that Andreas Christensen and Ethan Ampadu, both brought to the club at an older age, and we’re starting to see the formation of a new era at Chelsea.
Not since John Terry have we had a bona fide academy kid come through. Their success in recent FA Youth Cups and UEFA Youth Leagues have provided the perfect base for our talented kids to come through.
Even more exciting is the next bunch coming onto the scene, we could literally have a squad with 8-10 academy players in it!
Sarri received some stick for not giving any academy players their debut this year, but I believe that establishing them into the first team is so much more important.
Lets hope next years top 5 includes a trophy or two.
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