Chelsea Qualifies the Hard Way

Congratulation Blues – 2012 UEFA Champions League Champs

If you are a club in the English Premier League, there are only two ways to qualify for the prestigious Champions League competition, finish in the top four of the EPL or hold the cup. After finishing sixth, the Blues had only one avenue left, win it all. Tonight they succeed in doing just that. And as cup holders, they will be returning next year. 

Just a short month ago things looked fairly bleak at Stamford Bridge. Their coach had been sacked, they had lost any chance of a league title and were just barely still in contention for one of the qualifying positions. Their worst season in a decade was about to produce zero hardware and a bounty of doubts about the team’s direction. Yet, after an improbable romp through London, Barcelona and Bavaria, Chelsea are now holders of both the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup.

You are the premier European Club of 2012. Congratulations Blues!