It’s been a truly great season for Blues fans so far! Their side are sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League and look set to be the champions already with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United all stuttering below!
To celebrate the Stamford Bridge heroes we’ve been churning out some excellent Chelsea articles, the best of which you can enjoy all in one place. We know, we’re too lovely to ya!
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Some solid business over the summer has left Chelsea with a fantastic squad and an even better starting XI, so it’s no surprise they’re already sailing away as the Premier League leaders with a four-point cushion over second-place Southampton.
But if there’s one slight imperfection in the Blues’ first team – one area where, if we’re being hyper-critical, improvements could be made – it’s on the right-hand side.
Willian offers endless energy, athleticism and trickery, but he lacks end product and the Brazilian’s consistency can leave a lot to be desired. Likewise, Andre Schurrle has a lethal eye for goal, but his constant desire to shoot from long-range can be as infuriating as it is fruitful.
They’re deputised by Mohamed Salah, but Jose Mourinho didn’t have too many kind words to say about the Egyptian international’s display against Shrewsbury in the Capital One Cup last week.
With the Premier League’s throne now up for grabs, as the monolithic Manchester United find themselves caught in a journey of rediscovery, Chelsea possess the potential to become England’s most dominant footballing force.
They have the financial backing, the talent, the experience and now the history to do so, but compared to the previous incumbents there’s one ingredient missing – one-club men, sourced from academy level to become decade-spanning stalwarts of the first team, providing that intrinsic-yet-indefinable sense of identity.
The summer window may have only just slammed shut but we at Football FanCast are already looking forward to its winter counterpart.
And it appears Chelsea are too. The Blues spent around £90million this summer. bringing in the likes of Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Loic Remy to name a few, in a bid to boost their Premier League title credentials.
But Jose Mourinho isn’t planning on stopping there. The west London outfit have been linked to a plethora of targets in the tabloids since the closing of the summer window, and being the lovely bunch we are at Football FanCast, we’ve gone ahead and listed FIVE of them.
The name Jose Mourinho has become synonymous with cautious, structured and methodical football.
During his debut season at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea conceded just 15 goals en route to the title, which remains a Premier League record.
Last term too, as great debates of ’19th century football’ and ‘double bus-parking’ ensued, the Blues conceded less than a goal per match and claimed the most clean sheets, 18, of any Premier League side, comprising the division’s best defensive record in typical Mourinho style.
After last season gave us one of the most closely fought and unpredictable title races since the advent of the Premier League, the early signs in this campaign are that there is only one team realistically in contention to lift the trophy next spring.
Top of the league with 19 points, 21 goals and an unbeaten record of six wins and a draw, Chelsea look unstoppable. The pressure was always going to be on for Jose Mourinho this season after two successive trophyless campaigns, and the Chelsea boss expertly addressed the obvious deficiencies in his team over the summer. The Portuguese is a supreme tactician and motivator, yet even the most gifted football coach would have struggled to achieve great success with a strikeforce consisting of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and an ageing Samuel Eto’o.
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