Essien confident Chelsea will win the Champions League
Michael Essien is confident Chelsea will end their long wait for the Champions League this season.
Chelsea have been considered serious contenders in Europe since Roman Abramovich took control of the club in 2003 and they reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009, as well as coming within a penalty of winning the trophy in 2008.
They have won three Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two League Cups since the takeover and, while Essien is delighted the club won the Double last season, he says they are now determined to triumph in Europe this time around.
"We have set our targets as high as we possibly can and the aim is to win every competition we enter," Essien said. "We now have four trophies to go for and we are all focused on giving it 110%.
"You cannot ask for more than three games played, three wins with 14 goals scored and none conceded. That is the reason why I am excited about this season. The team has been together for the last four to five years and the understanding is getting better each year.
"We cannot get carried away and have to keep working hard to win everything. As a player, you get the inner feeling that something big is around the corner, and I feel the same way I felt last season when we won the double.
"However, I am sure we can go one further and add the big one - the UEFA Champions League - to our collection of trophies. Everyone knows how much winning that will mean to us. As a team we have won every domestic trophy and so it's only natural that we have the hunger for the European trophy.
"That is not to say we don't care about the Premier League, FA Cup or Carling Cup. We want to win every competition we enter this season and we will do all we can to win them all."