Date: 3rd April 2017 at 11:06am
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Or perhaps a case of needs must after a poor Premier League campaign.

Just a year after Chelsea pulled off one of the most remarkable achievements in footballing history, beating Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final and then stunning Europe to beat Bayern Munich, in the final, in their own Bavarian backyard, Chelsea, once again, took to the field in another European Final.

Chelsea, having made a hash of their defence of the Champions League, found themselves in the Europa League Final, in Amsterdam.

A tense game saw Chelsea win the trophy, with a 2-1 win, courtesy of a late, late goal from Branislav Ivanovic. The win, for the second season on the trot, brought European silverware to Stamford Bridge.

Also, in winning the Europa League Chelsea joined a select band of clubs who had won every European trophy on offer:

? The Champions League
? The Europa League
? The Cup Winners Cup

And

? The European Super Cup

A fine achievement and we`re still the only English club to have achieved that feat.

However, someone scoffed at the achievement of winning the Europa League, a certain Jose Mourinho reckoned it was a second-rate competition that he`d want nothing to do with, remarking to the media at the time,

“It is not good for a big club to go there and win it.

“It is better for the evolution of the players and for the evolution of the team to be in the Champions League. Even if you are not successful, even if you do not win it. It is better to be in the Champions League.”


However, it seems that needs must and Mourinho, with his beloved Manchester United struggling to make the top-four in the Premier League, something his predecessor Louis van Gaal was axed for, is looking at focussing all his intentions on winning the Europa League, if his sides form doesn`t see them get the results they require against Sunderland and Everton, something The Guardian confirms.

How times change!

 
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8 Replies to “It`s Grim Up North”

  • The special one is now the pragmatic one.
    Proof that nothing is forever & calls to mind some old advice-
    BE NICE TO PEOPLE ON YOUR WAY UP AS YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOU MEET ON YOUR WAY DOWN

  • North he should stay – best place for him, his ego & his big mouth! One thing we do know is It’ll all end in tears!!!

  • Lol at some muppets here who turned this place into a civil war when people started questioning Mourinho. You muppets should keep your mouth shut on this matter. As per you guys, our squad was world class including the defensive line (Terry, Ivan, Azpi at LB), and Mou could do no wrong and should not be questioned or criticised what’s so ever.

  • The negative “plastics” were right all along to show concern over our squad, regardless wether we won the trophy or not. We were also right to question and criticise Mou’s tactics and stubborness.

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