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Essien: It is a transitional season for Chelsea, but Blues can still win trophies

The 30-year-old midfielder, on loan at Real Madrid, says that it will take time for new players in the squad to blend together but silverware is still in play this season.

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, on loan at Real Madrid, admits it is a transitional year for the Stamford Bridge side, but says the Blues can still win trophies.

Chelsea is into the semifinals of the FA Cup after defeating Manchester United 1-0 in Monday's quarterfinal replay and faces Rubin Kazan in the quarterfinals of the Europa League. While Essien concedes it is a season of change in West London, he insists they are still capable of salvaging a lost league and Champions League campaign with silverware.

"They can still win trophies in the cups this season so people shouldn't write them off just yet," Essien told The Sport Review. "I have followed Chelsea all season, and although it hasn't been as planned at the start of the season, I think it's down to the fact it is a transitional season.

"A lot of the players from the past are not there and there are new players. It takes time to blend all of them and create a team straight away.

"I am sure the team will know each other very well and the good times will be back."

Essien also hinted he will be heading back to London after his loan deal in Spain comes to an end, stating that his contract situation remains the same as at the beginning of the season.

"I have a contract at Chelsea and at present I am only on loan here [at Real Madrid], so nothing has changed."

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