Whilst Manchester City continue to splash their cash in ostentatious fashion, another one of their rivals has suppressed the talk of the Premier League title heading to the City of Manchester Stadium in the upcoming season.
Chelsea’s Ivorian striker Salomon Kalou is somewhat unconvinced by their credentials and has being recently quoted expressing his views that you cannot simply buy 10 players each term and finish top of the table.
Kalou’s comments however contradict the fact that a mere few years ago, Chelsea did the same meaning it would perhaps be foolish of him to write off Mancini’s side. In 2004-2005, Mourinho spent in excess of £70 million on transfer fees with players such as Tiago, Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Mateja Kezman, Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira arriving at Stamford Bridge -Chelsea won the league.
City have added the likes of Yaya Toure, David Silva, Aleksandar Kolarov and Jerome Boateng with both Inter Milan’s Mario Balotelli and James Milner remaining targets for the Eastlands’ outfit.
Salomon Kalou perhaps needs to trawl through the history books at the Bridge before laying his hat in the ring with regards to dismissing the power of spending big in the transfer market. When he said that “City have to remember there are still teams like Chelsea, (Manchester) United, Liverpool and Arsenal who will always be at the top” he forgot one simple thing, without spending copious amounts of money from Roman Abramovich, Chelsea themselves would be nowhere near the top.
The quality of player that Manchester City will be revered by many of the top managers and there is no reason why they cannot challenge for major honours in the new season. After all, despite narrowly missing out on Champions League football to Tottenham last season, Manchester City beat Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge. Adding to that side will certainly bridge the gap between the current champions and City.
Whether they can gel in time for the new season and play with the level of cohesion required to win any trophy remains to be seen but such comments will only add fuel to a burning desire to cast last season’s disappointment into an abyss of sorrow.
Although the theory that “Spending a lot of money on new signings doesn’t guarantee anything” any views expressed on this particular from the Chelsea camp will be looked upon with an air of cynicism due their own dealings in the market which brought them to their current standing in world football.