The season has yet to kick off, but Chelsea already find themselves with a very tough test, one they will need to dig very deep in order to pass.
The Blues travel to Old Trafford on Sunday to face Manchester United in front of the TV cameras.
The pressure is already mounting up, and all eyes will be firmly fixed on Chelsea’s new head coach, Frank Lampard.
Even though it seems odd to talk about energy levels already, Chelsea’s game plan will need every single player dipping into their own energy reserve tanks in order to get a result on Sunday.
‘Lampard’s Chelsea’ is very early days, and we only have a pre-season to go on. But from the early signs, ‘Lampard’s Chelsea’ will work best when every single player is playing with high intensity and desire.
United will be well up for this, Chelsea need to be even more up for it. They will need to fight for every ball, and be expected to go above and beyond.
No fixture is easy in the Premier League anymore, but this mouthwatering fixture is perhaps one that both teams would have liked to have avoided on day one, with pre-season uncertainty and match fitness levels not peaking yet.
Chelsea can certainly get a good result on Sunday, it’s impossible to call it, but they WILL have to dig very deep and slug it out.