If life was a straight line, then Chelsea will just have to maintain their exact squad of last season and will be able to win the Premier League again this year…but as we all know, life is far from being straight and most importantly, so is our beautiful game.
Chelsea won the Premier League last season and so far, they have already made some changes over the summer transfer window. Nemanja Matic was a key part of their squad last season, but he has been sold to Manchester United and has been replaced by Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco. The Blues boss has already made his intentions known to Diego Costa who was the club’s highest goal scorer, that he is no longer needed, and this has been confirmed by the signing of Alvaro Morata. John Terry too was allowed to leave the club on a free transfer.
Also, the club has signed Antonio Rudiger from Roma and Willy Caballero on a free transfer from Manchester City, while they have sold second goal keeper Asmir Bergovic to AFC Bournemouth. Kurt Zuma has been loaned out to Stoke City and most of the other Chelsea departures have been players who didn’t feature much in last season’s campaign.
But with the squad which Chelsea has at the moment, could they double the Premier League by winning again this year?
Well, they still have a chance of winning, but it will take a lot of genius in terms of tactics and formation from Conte to pull this off. Last season, his side didn’t play in Europe and so the players had enough time to rest. But now, they will have to play in all the competitions including the Champions League, and will have to manage substitutions amidst fatigue and injury worries.
Anyways the transfer window is still open and Chelsea is being linked to some new signings as well as they face some exit rumors of some of their stars like Eden Hazard.
The opening PL game will be on Saturday the 12th, against Burnley, at the Stamford Bridge and Chelsea will need to showcase just how prepared they are with a win.
They already lost the Community Shield to Arsenal on Sunday, and if any conclusions are to be drawn from the game, then Antonio Conte still has a lot of work.