Disappointment filled the heart of every Chelsea supporter as the final whistle went on the last day of the season – not only did we lose by a resounding 3-0, we also missed out on a top four place, which means we’re not going to the Champions League next season.
Pundits have been analysing the situation and the possible negative impacts it may have on our coming season. Some say we may lose star man, Eden Hazard, and so on, but I like to look at things from a more positive perspective.
Now, let’s take about the Hazard situation. This wouldn’t be the first time we missed out on the Champions League in recent years. Two seasons ago, we did, and it was widely reported that we would lose the Belgian, well; here we are today. He’s still at Stamford Bridge. I understand that the best players want to be in that competition, however there’s something called loyalty. If Hazard truly loves Chelsea, I don’t see a need to leave. He knows we have been here before, he knows we will bounce back from it – after all, he’s not the only player at the club. But even if Hazard decides to cower to pressure and leaves, well, all great too. He will be replaced. There have been greats before him; there will be more before him.
The only real negative implication I see in missing out on the Champions League is the financial aspect. We will not be getting money for participating in the competition, but then again, there’s a price to be paid for everything. This is a setback, but one we will bounce back from in the coming months.
Where I stand, I see this all as a blessing in disguise. Now, the leadership of the club will have to look into what exactly could be the problem, and why we keep taking a step forward and two back. It has happened twice in three years – there surely has to be a reason.
Apart from the problem within, I also think that playing in the Europa league will help us build again, and come back stronger. If we do get a new manager, there won’t be the pressure of playing in the Champions League, and trying to impress. The Europa League is relatively familiar water; we can navigate through it, and find our way back into the top of European football.
So if you’re a Blue, do not worry. There are blessings that sometimes come disguised. I know it’s a bitter pill to swallow knowing we’re not going to play in the Champions League next season; however, I do think that we can be better for it. It all depends on Roman and the board for me. If they make the right move from here on, Chelsea will be great again sooner than we realise.