Defending champions, a successful manager, one of the best goalkeepers in the world, a hard hitting defense and Eden Hazard, Chelsea’s resume reads like that of a champions and looking at their squad, one might already give them the trophy but this is a nine month season and it is just beginning.
Chelsea breezed through the Barclays premier league last season but this season is set to be different as they come into this season as the team to beat. If there is any manager who can handle the pressure, his name would be Jose Mourinho, after all,he is the only manager currently in the Premier league to have successfully defended the Premier League trophy (2004/2005 and 2005/2006) the only other manager to successfully defend the trophy in the premier league era is Sir Alex Ferguson and he, is retired.
An opening day shock draw against Swansea and the ensuing media debacle between Mourinho and his medical staff would bring Chelsea’s title credentials into question but Mourinho is one manager who has thrived in theses situations. Chelsea’s back-line is as good as any in the world and while he is going through a dry spell right now, Diego Costa is one of the best forwards in the world. Throw in an Oscar, Willian and Eden Hazard and you have yourself a formidable attack. Matic and Fabregas are about as good as they come in midfield with the Spaniard having an uncanny ability to create moves and the Serbian able to break them down (when the opponents attack that is). Chelsea’s biggest problem comes in the fact that they do not have a strong back up squad. Ramires and Mikel are simply not good enough and Cuadrado is still acclimatizing to the English game and Moses is for all intents and purposes not Chelsea quality, yet. Falcao and Remy are not world class forwards at the moment and even if they signed John Stones, there is no replacement for John Terry or Gary Cahil. All these are already defensive problems without counting the fact that there is no natural left back in the side and Ivanovic and Azpilicueta are the only top full backs in the side. There is also the small issue of fatigue, playing in two cup competitions as well as midweek travels for UEFA champions league games. Chelsea have it all to lose this season and while their manager can handle pressure their biggest problem this season would be competing with themselves.
Chelsea are a powerhouse of English football but they are in for a tough, long and competitive season with the emergence of Southampton, Liverpool and Swansea as giant killers and the unforeseeable surprise results here and there, Chelsea are in for a rough ride.
A good goalkeeper and defense
A brilliant manager
No back up squad
A big bull’s eye on them
Premier League: 1st
UEFA Champions league: quarter final
FA Cup: Semi final