Four months after Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in a thrilling encounter in the Champions League Final, the blues have received further European glory.
Chelsea have been named as European Club of the year based on last season achievements which saw Roberto Di Mateo master mind domestic success in the form of the FA Cu as well as European glory.
Chelsea were awarded their award by their peers of the European Club Association, which was founded in 2008 by 16 clubs. Manchester United and Chelsea were part of the founding members and the only ones from England.
The group now has 201 members from 53 associations including a huge increase from English clubs. Arsenal, Aston Villa, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Tottenham all represent the Premier League.
The Blues finally saw there wait for European Glory come to an end after a dramatic penalty shoot-out in Munich. Just a couple months previous and such success was not on the cards. Under then coach, Andre Villas-Boas, Chelsea it seemed were on the brink of elimination after a heavy first leg defeat to Napoli.
In Chelsea like matter, the Portuguese man wasn’t given time to turn his fortunes around, and was swiftly sacked bringing in the arrival of Di Mateo, initially on a short term deal.
Not even the most fickle of Chelsea fans would have imagined the drastic turn around, the former Chelsea midfielder would imprint on the team. A victory against Liverpool in the FA Cup was made even sweater by the Munich success.
Di Mateo has the Chelsea job permanently now and there is no reason that success is going to stop anytime soon. A wealth of talent has arrived at Stamford Bridge during the summer, including the likes of Cesar Azpilcueta, Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Daniel Sturridge, including what is threating to be the re birth of Fernando Torres, more silver ware could be heading to the Bridge this season.