A.J. Herrmann

Lukaku, Costa & Why Chelsea are Poised to be World Champions in 2015

Created on Mar. 26, 2014 3:01 PM EST

After completing a ruthless dismemberment of the Arsenal Gunners this past weekend, Chelsea Football Club added yet another convincing victory to their season tally, cementing their top spot in the English Premier League.  The Blues reigned on Arsene Wenger's 1000th Premier League parade, defeating their London foes by a laughable score of 6-0.

It seems as though Jose Mourinho's squad, which has been no stranger to criticism over the potency of its committee of underperforming strikers, continues to find ways to win ugly, and win often.  Seldom will you see any 30+ yard wonder strikes for goals, or many jaw-dropping displays of offensive firepower while watching the Blues play.  But their meticulously orchestrated midfield attacks, led by the sheer genius of Eden Hazard, has proven too much for their long list of vanquished opponents.

But this year may not be the year Chelsea brings home the Champions League Trophy.  Some might argue they've peaked too soon, or that their ineffective options at the attacking position will desert them in the crucial final games down the stretch.  And with both Manchester City and Liverpool FC nipping like piranhas at their heels, Chelsea have their backs against the wall week after week.

After yet another report surfaced this morning linking 25-year-old Atletico Madrid superstar Diego Costa (whose 23 La Liga goals this year trail only league leader Cristiano Ronaldo's total of 26) with Stamford Bridge, it appears as though Mourinho and the Chelsea brain trust are stacking the deck for a 2015 Champions League run.  While Ronaldo, Messi and the dynamic German clubs look poised to continue their own national league dominance, next year could prove to be the year England returns to the top of world soccer.  Mourinho is far from slowing down in his pursuit of silverware, and has returned to a club with seemingly endless resources and financing.

Atletico Madrid have been frequently rumored to have an interest in bringing back Fernando Torres, whose time with Chelsea has been a largely disappointing affair and who first began his career with Atletico.  With the likely departure of Torres and possibly one additional striker, the Blues would terrorize teams with the prospect of pairing Diego Costa with 20-year-old Belgian goal machine Romelu Lukaku, still on loan at Everton.  There is also the matter of Atletico's goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois - a Chelsea loanee - who has played exceptionally well and would provide another bargaining chip for the Blues in the push to land Costa.

As Chelsea continue to cultivate their far reaching global youth development system, the future is blindingly bright for the current Premier League leaders.  If their Champions League hopes don't come true this year, it's hard to bet against the Blues in 2015.

Does Romelu Lukaku, both an unstoppable force and an immovable object, have more goals like these ahead of him next year? Premier Leaguers should hope not. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZ9Onh9EAtU 
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