Rebuilding the Blues

Updated: May 22, 2012, 3:58 PM ET
By Michael Cox | Special to ESPN.com

How quickly soccer changes. A few months ago, the 2011-12 season was considered to be one of transition for Chelsea -- a lack of evolution over the past five years meant they now needed a revolution. The current crop wasn't good enough to succeed at the highest level, yet there was no "next generation" ready to step into their shoes.

Yet now, Chelsea is the European champion. Soccer is often beyond rational explanation, and the Blues' triumph in Munich is a fine example. Arguably ...

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