Chelsea picked up a domestic double last season winning the Premier league and the League cup. Chelsea were dominant in the league losing only 3 games and scoring 73 goals in the process. Following a season where Diego Costa and Hazard tormented defenses all around England and Matic provided stability in the midfield while Fabregas was the most creative player in the league with assists. Following such a successful season, the question becomes: why change such a successful team.
The answer is quite simple: Every team is upgrading and the target has to be European success. For all their success in England, Chelsea crashed out of the UEFA champions league in the second round after playing for 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge against a ten man PSG squad and still getting knowkced out despite coming into the match with an away goal advantage. To make it sadder, Diego Costa failed to find the back of the net in 7 UEFA Champions league matches.
In England, Manchester United have put forward an impressive outlay to bring in Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Matteo Darmian while Arsenal’s acquisition of Petr Cech seemingly solves their goalkeeping problems, Liverpool’s Benteke Purchase alongside the arrival of James Milner as well as Sterling’s arrival at the Etihad alongside Fabian Delph means that all the top clubs are upgrading on what are already good sides. West Ham’s impressive summer outlay also make them a dark horse this season meaning that Chelsea would not easily pick up points as they did last season. Costa’s goals dried up last season and John Terry’s fatigue became obvious while Fabregas’ influence on games reduced as the season winded down to a close. Quite frankly, Hazard was the only Chelsea player whose performance level was consistent over the season.
In a season that would only be tougher for Chelsea as Champions, they would need to come up with replacements on the same level for some of their key players as Ramires, Mikel Obi and Loftus-Cheek are simply not in the class of Matic, Fabregas and Oscar. Falcao first season in the premier league shows that his Chelsea arrival is more of a gamble than anything else and quite frankly when Hazard and Diego Costa couldn’t find the net (as in the Champions League), Chelsea simply did not score enough. At 34 years of age, John Terry simply cannot play for a full season and taking his aerial abilities out of it, Zouma is simply not good enough for a team playing at the summit of European football yet. With Filipe Luis on the way out, Chelsea’s already lean back line is looking leaner. John Stones is definitely one for the future but an established center back and left full back would be a welcome arrival at Stamford Bridge. The likes of Fabio Coentrao and Otamendi would be fantastic buys for Chelsea and the club can afford it. A B+ level forward in the mould of Morata or Pedro would also be good to debutize for Costa while Falcao might be good enough a forward like Charlie Austin would not hurt Mourinho. Chelsea’s low pressing and quick counter attacking style would require a tenacious attacking midfielder who can drop deep, tackle, shoot pass and run with the ball. The only midfielder that comes to mind when those descriptions are made is Arturo Vidal and at 28 Vidal still has a lot of football in him.
Mikel and Ramires simply have no place at Chelsea and Cuadrado is probably the most needless buy since Liverpool’s Balotelli purchase. Mohammed Salah should be allowed to prove himself at the club while Loic Remy should be depart to a mid-table team where he would be more effective .
Chelsea are already at the top of English football but a few financial moves and tweaks to their side would help ensure their stay at the top while helping them advance their European cause