Michael Essien: 'Chelsea can still have successful season'

Essien: 'Chelsea can still have successful season'
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Midfielder Michael Essien believes that no-one should write off Chelsea's chances of having a successful season.

Midfielder Michael Essien has put Chelsea's failed Premier League challenge down to it being a "transitional season" at Stamford Bridge.

Essien has spent the season on loan at Real Madrid, but after admitting to keeping an eye on the progress of his parent club during his time in Spain, he believes that last year's Champions League winners can still win a trophy in the next six weeks.

The 30-year-old told The Sport Review: "They can still win trophies in the cups this season so people shouldn't write them off yet.

"I have followed Chelsea all season, and although it hasn't been as planned as at the start of the season, I think it's down to the fact that it is a transitional season."

The Ghanaian has made 26 appearances for Madrid this season.

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