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Chelsea walked the Premier League title last time around, but now is no time to reminisce, we have a new season to prepare for – and the competition is going to be tougher than it has ever been.

No side has retained the title since Manchester United in 2009, and with all of our competitive rivals strengthening considerably in the transfer market, we need to do the same in order to ensure we are not left behind.

Romelu Lukaku is off to Old Trafford, Bernardo Silva has already completed his move to Manchester City, and Alexandre Lacazette has become Arsenal’s record signing. Chelsea, on the other hand, are yet to make any sort of statement of intent.

Chelsea’s toothless transfer strategy has left the bulk of the fans wondering – what are our chances for the upcoming season?

The odds provided by Sports Betting Dime are, some may argue, optimistic. They have us down at 3/1 to retain our crown, and 1/3 to finish inside the top four. The latter, you would hope that is a given, but the quality of the top seven in the Premier League has never been so strong.

The Blues also have the Champions League to compete in, meaning that there are more games to be played, and after the sales of John Terry, Nathan Ake, and the potential exit of Nathaniel Chalobah to Watford – we appear to be inexplicably trimming our squad.

What we do have on our side is experience. Virtually all of our squad have participated in a title triumph, with Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Pedro knowing what it takes to taste success in Europe.

We also have to pay credit to Antonio Conte, who has won four consecutive titles as a manager, across two of Europe’s top five leagues – as well as winning five as a player. Our manager has proven himself capable of leading a team to victory, and that will prove invaluable once again next term.

Despite our lack of activity in the transfer market so far, there is plenty to be optimistic about. We went into last season as the underdogs, and won the league at a canter. Let’s hope that we can further reaffirm our status as a powerhouse, both domestically and in Europe.

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