You should always be hopeful before the beginning of a new football season, especially if you’re a team with the pedigree and stature of Chelsea. Though the side hasn’t been all that close to the Premier League title in recent years, they’ve done enough over the past 15 years to show that even on the back of a couple of underwhelming seasons, they always have what it takes to win the league.
There’s winning blood running through their veins, and there has been since Mourinho took the side to glory way back in the 2004/2005 season. Though they won’t be favourites for glory during the 2020/2021 campaign, if things go their way, then who knows what’ll happen? Below, we’ll take a look at some of the things that must happen if this is going to be the case, however.
Liverpool and Manchester City have been the two standout teams in recent years, but there will rightly be doubts about whether their dominance can continue into next season. Guardiola’s City have lost some of their rhythm, while it’s possible that Liverpool, who now have their hands on the trophy they craved most of all, will find it difficult to maintain their high standards. Chelsea’s glimmer of hope will have many people backing the side as outsiders for the title, especially those making the most of free bets. There will still be much to do if Chelsea will end up champions come May, but just knowing that the Northwest duo of Liverpool and Manchester City won’t be invincible forces should give Chelsea — and other teams chasing glory — the encouragement they need to really attack the league.
A Good Summer
One of the reasons Chelsea has struggled to challenge the title in recent years is that they haven’t been able to buy the players they needed. This has happened for numerous reasons, such as the transfer ban imposed on the club by FIFA. They also couldn’t compete with other teams for the big players. Chelsea pursued players who eventually ended up in Manchester, but couldn’t get their signature because of City’s wealth and the Klopp-factor at Liverpool. But this year, things are different. It doesn’t seem as if City will splash too much cash, while Liverpool are a firmly settled side. Timo Werner has arrived, and others will surely come. If the players they recruit hit the ground running, then the West London club will be a potent force.
The Rise of Christian Pulisic
We’ve talked about Chelsea’s recruitment of players, but it won’t just be the new boys that’ll make the side title challengers. There are many exciting players in the side that’ll give fans hope of glory. And the best part? This is a young side. One particularly notable talent is Christian Pulisic, who hasn’t yet turned 22. Though he hasn’t yet set the Premier League alight, it is surely only a matter of time. When he’s on form, he resembles a young Eden Hazard. And if he can produce anything close to the form that the Belgian superstar produced at the Bridge before his move to Real Madrid, who knows what he can achieve during his time in London?
Lampard’s Ongoing Development
Write Frank Lampard off at your peril. This is a man who seems to succeed at everything he does, including management. There were people who questioned Chelsea’s decision to give the top job to a manager with only a season of experience, even if that man is a Chelsea legend. But Lampard has shown that he’s more than up to the job. Indeed, it’s hard to believe that he has only had the reins for a little more than a year. Anyone who watched Chelsea last year will have been impressed by Lampard’s tactical awareness and style of play. If the team continues to develop under Lampard’s leadership, can anyone rule out a title charge?