It may be early to call it, but we at FFC Towers are confident that Chelsea will go all the way this season and claim their first Premier League title since 2010. Yesterday’s comprehensive win against Arsenal leaves them five points ahead of Manchester City after just seven games, and a whopping nine clear of the Gunners.
It’s fair to say that Mourinho’s side – the only remaining unbeaten team in the division – have made the start they dreamt of, and here are FIVE reasons why we feel they already have one hand on the big trophy…
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After Jose’s whinging about his striker situation last season the problem looks to have been well and truly solved over the summer. Diego Costa may have cost in excess of £30m, but the Spain international has brought goals, goals and more goals – nine in the league already to be precise. The powerful front-man looks every bit a Mourinho player, with his spiky attitude and ruthless nature a mirror of his boss on the touchline. Whereas Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o struggled across last season, Costa looks likely to go from strength to strength as the campaign rumbles on, so long as his hamstring situation is managed correctly. But here’s proof he’s human after all… Either that or he knew he was indeed offside!
It’s fair to say, as the above Arsenal fan acknowledged, that Chelsea bossed the Gunners in midfield yesterday. Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas ran the show at Stamford Bridge, and it certainly wasn’t the first time this term that such a phrase has been uttered. The Serbian and the Spaniard seem the ideal duo, with the former’s destructive nature and power complimented by the ex-Barcelona ace’s magic on the ball.
As the graph above shows, Fabregas’ creativity has been sublime so far, with the pass-master having out-assisted a host of rival clubs, Liverpool included, alone. Further to this, advanced players such as Eden Hazard and Oscar can be relied upon for goals and the creation of chances, making Chelsea the standout performers so far.
Love or hate the Portuguese manager, he gets results. League titles in his homeland, England, Italy and Spain are testament to his ability to get the job done over a domestic season, and with a squad as strong and deep as he’s assembled at Stamford Bridge, it wouldn’t be surprise to see the big trophy back in west London next year.
It’s hard to believe that both Chelsea and Arsenal are title candidates from yesterday’s showing, with the Blues simply streets ahead of their city rivals. And he can get under the skin of his foes…
They say there are no easy games in top level European football, but it’s hard to argue that Chelsea have a tough Champions League group this season. The Blues have been pooled with Sporting Lisbon, Schalke and Maribor, meaning that a spot in the last 16 should be a cakewalk for Jose’s side.
With games coming thick and fast, Chelsea will be able to rotate their first XI to keep key players fresh for the league campaign, meaning that their points total could put them too far ahead of Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool by Christmas. The aforementioned trio face European ties against Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid respectively…
Away from the likes of Costa in attack, Chelsea have Loic Remy and Didier Drogba to rely upon. In midfield players such as John Obi Mikel and Ramires are in reserve. And in defence, promising youngster Kurt Zouma is itching for minutes. Oh, and Petr Cech is their back-up stopper. Now that’s depth.
Man City have plenty of options too, but it’s hard to argue that their squad is any stronger than Chelsea’s, while other title candidates such as Liverpool and Arsenal have already had their lack of depth exposed.