After the first few games, many critics are writing Chelsea off already. Ok, so we lost to Manchester United on the opening day, and we let Sheffield United back into the game recently and dropped two points, but is it all really that bad?
Although there seems to be a bit of doom and gloom around the place amongst some fans, there are also a fair few full of optimism. Just how far can we go this season?
The Lampard Effect
There’s no doubt that it will take time for Frank to put his own stamp on the side, but we’re quickly seeing that it may come together sooner rather than later. His hands are tied as far as new signings are concerned with the current ban, which has allowed him to utilise the youngsters.
A few fans don’t appreciate what we have going on here this season. The kids are flourishing, and it’s great to see. Just look at Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham. They’ve started the season really well, and long may it continue.
The Champions League draw has thrown up a group that is pretty tough in all honesty, but we have a squad big enough to cope with the European demands. Especially with young players getting a chance. We may even go far in the competition this season. Watch this space.
Have Chelsea Started Badly?
In a word, no. We’ve lost one game. These things take time. Give Frank a chance to get his players playing the way he wants. The results will soon come. We’re not going to be challenging City or Liverpool, we all knew that before the season even began, but third is certainly not out of reach.
Look at Spurs. They lost 1-0 at home to Newcastle, yet critics seem to focus more on Chelsea drawing 2-2 against new boys Sheffield United. They had two shots on target. However, it was a lesson learned. We move on.
Even if you look at the 4-0 loss to United, we had 18 shots on goal to their 11 and more possession. The result flattered them somewhat. Anyone who’s seen us play the first few fixtures will know that there’s enough there to mount a serious top four challenge this season. No pun intended there with mount, but he’s had a great start to the season, hasn’t he? Mason Mount is going to have a great 2019/20 campaign. His England call-up was deserved.
Next Six Premier League Fixtures
It’s Wolves, Liverpool, Brighton, Southampton, Newcastle, and Burnley up next for the Blues. Bar Liverpool, we could win five of those. Wolves won’t be easy, but they’ve got a few players making long International trips, which could work in our favour.
Liverpool at home won’t be easy at all, but we’re more than enough for any side at home on our day. If we want to realise our ambitions this season, it needs to be nine points from nine against Southampton, Newcastle, and Sean Dyche’s men realistically.
There’s no point predicting anything after only a few games. Unless you’re predicting a City and Liverpool one two. That will probably happen again as it did last season. But in terms of the rest of the top six, it’s too early to say, but what we will say is that Chelsea will be right up there come the end of the season.
We have a long, hard season ahead of us, with European competition putting a strain on the squad, but it’s big enough to cope. With the young guns being given a chance to thrive under Frank Lampard, nothing is impossible.
Ok, so we might not win the league and we’ll probably bow out of the Champions League at some point in the latter stages, but would a League Cup or an FA Cup win and top four be a bad season? No. Let’s enjoy the ride!