Prior to the season there was little to no one who would have thought Chelsea could lift the title following the poor showing of last season. However the 2016/17 Premier league champions have started the season in impressive style.
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Following the opening five Premier league games of the season there is just two sides with maximum points and we are one of them. Sitting top on goal difference with Liverpool just behind us.
Sarri is already beginning to show his style of play with Jorginho controlling the game in each fixture from the middle of the park. Our odds to now go on and land the title are 10/1 and that seems fair but the Europa league could become an issue with the long travelling distances required. A top four finish is now a general 4/11 and a return to Champions league football is expected from the club and fans for next season.
The Thursday night Europa league fixtures have always been a big issue for sides when they are challenging domestically. It gives teams little time to recover and prepare and has caused for complaints from many managers over the years. Arsenal for example this season are going to have to travel 10,000 miles plus in the Europa league group stage as they travel to Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Portugal.
We sit second of the English sides with a round trip distance of 6,846 miles. A staggering distance if as expected we progress through and it can only been seen as a major negative to our domestic prospects. We will be travelling to BATE Borisov in Belarus, PAOK in Greece and finally Videoton in Hungary. This puts us clear of the other English sides who will be participating in the Champions league. They of course will also be playing earlier in the week.
Title favourites Manchester City are the champions league favourites and will be expected to progress through to the latter stages of the tournament. They have been drawn against Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon and Hoffenheim so there travelling time will be 5,654 miles. Last season’s finalists and also our title rivals Liverpool will travel 5,136 miles as they face off against PSG, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade.
Finally London rivals Tottenham continue to have a wait for their new stadium but have the shortest expected distances by far of all the English sides. They will travel 3,124 miles as they face off against Spanish champions Barcelona, PSV and Inter Milan.
Could these big travelling distances pay to our chances of title success? Time will tell but we have a squad stacked full of talent and a lot of experience of participating in these major European competitions and the travelling implications. If we can come away with the trophy and follow up our victory from back in 2013 then it will all be worth while.