Tipped to become the Premier League champions in May 2015, Chelsea are certainly proving their worth. With 13 points from five games and 16 goals already – more than any team in the division – while remaining unbeaten, Jose Mourinho’s men are well on course for a first title since 2010.
The four year absence of the title back in the trophy cabinet is quite unusual for a team drenched in quality in every position on the pitch. From the no nonsense John Terry, to the skill and flair of Eden Hazard, this could well and truly be Chelsea’s best opportunity to be crowned champions again. Portuguese supremo Mourinho has also been extremely shrewd in the transfer market since his return last season. Selling Juan Mata to rivals Manchester United was questionable at the time, but now appears wise. This year the likes of the extravagant David Luiz, veteran’s Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard, young talent Romelu Lukaku, striker Demba Ba and record signing Fernando Torres moved onto pastures new and Chelsea would have been written off for the title had it not been for two major signings coming aboard the Stamford Bridge ship.
Brazilian-born Spanish international Diego Costa joined in a £30m deal and has started impeccably. Scoring seven goals in five matches, Costa is on course to win the golden boot despite it being early in the 2014/2015 campaign. Making just as big an impact in west London is Cesc Fabregas. The £30m signing from Spanish giants Barcelona has injected confidence in the Chelsea side, and without Fabregas, Costa wouldn’t have scored seven goals already.
The Spanish international – who was rejected a move back to his old club Arsenal after Arsene Wenger opted to sign Fabregas’ former teammate Alexis Sanchez – has now cemented himself as a fundamental member of the Chelsea midfield. Whether it’s playing in the holding role alongside Nemanja Matic, or in the hole behind Costa, Fabregas’ eye for a pass is one of the best in England’s top flight.
During his time at Arsenal and Barcelona between 2009-2014, the creative midfield maestro made more through balls than the likes of David Silva, Luis Suarez, Jack Wilshere, Phillipe Coutinho and Aaron Ramsey. In 2010-2011, Fabregas made more key passes than per game than Mesut Ozil, Christian Eriksen, Samir Nasri and Eden Hazard did last season. Fabregas has made six assists of Costa’s seven goals so far, and the likes of Hazard, Oscar, Willian and Schurrle will no doubt feed off his killer passes.
The signing of Fabregas is in some ways more important than the signing of Costa despite Chelsea’s troubles in the striker department. On and off the pitch Fabregas will make a huge difference, and his aura will prove to be vital ahead of Chelsea’s title surge. His vision and eye for a pass will open up the opposition with ease and one question that has to be asked is what on earth was Wenger thinking of when he said no to this extraordinary talent? Wenger’s loss is Mourinho’s gain in this aspect.
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