Chelsea went in to last season as the defending Champions with expectations high following winning the league by seven points in a dominating campaign. Therefore the fact we then finished just 5th last season was a huge decline of the side in just one season.
We ended with 70 points and 10 defeats in total which is far below what a squad of the calibre of Chelsea should be achieving. Changes have now been made with Sarri taking over so looking forward what are our top four and title prospects?
All eyes are now on our next big game which is away to title rivals Liverpool in September which could be a must win fixture even at this early stage. Another key event in Liverpool will be next years Grand National which will be another event grabbing the public’s attention.
The signing of Jorginho is no doubt proving to be incredible business as he is already showing his class with two man of the match performances. He is a class apart and is held in the highest regard by the new manager hence his move straight away following Sarri’s appointment.
We have now started the current campaign with three victories starting with a dominant 3-0 performance against Huddersfield. This was then followed by the 3-2 victory against Arsenal in the London derby two weeks ago. This was also the first victory against the gunners since early 2017 with three defeats and three draws in between. Our most recent success was of course the 2-1 victory against a very well drilled Newcastle side away from home. However this was very encouraging that we were able to take home the three points.
Mateo Kovacic is another major signing who is set to make a big impact at Stamford Bridge. He came on in the second half against Arsenal and instantly began to control the game. Kovacic is coming off the back of a run to the final at the World Cup with Croatia and could be set to be part of one of the most dominating midfield partnerships in the league with World Cup winner Kante and the previously mentioned Italian Jorginho.
As things stand Chelsea are a general 1/3 to finish in the top four. Considering we have also kept our top name players such as Willian and of course Hazard this will be expected and if failing to do so will be a big underachievement.
We now have a run of three fixtures in which we will be strong favourites and hope to continue to grow in confidence before the big away trip to Liverpool at the end of September. These games are against Bournemouth, Cardiff and then another London derby against West Ham.
We are also a general 10/1 to lift the title but looking at the continued class of the Manchester City squad this will be a tough task to challenge the record-breaking side this season.