Premier League Chelsea
Another club who have gone through major changes this summer is Chelsea who finally sacked Antonio Conte after months of everyone knowing he was going and brought in Maurizio Sarri from Napoli. Let’s take a look at their chances this season.
Maurizio Sarri arrives with an exciting reputation for playing attractive, attacking football. This is something Chelsea struggled with under Conte and Mourinho so it will be interesting to see how quickly the players can adapt. The signing of Jorginho should help as he was a major part of Sarri’s Napoli side. Chelsea fans will no doubt be excited to see Sarri-ball brought to Stamford Bridge.
In: Jorginho (Napoli), Rob Green (Huddersfield)
Out: Lewis Baker (Leeds), Jamal Blackman (Leeds), Jake Clarke Salter (Vitesse Arnhem), Matej Delac (AC Horsens), Eduardo (Vitesse Arnhem), Mason Mount (Derby County), Todd Kane (Hull City), Kasey Palmer (Blackburn)
POTENTIAL LINE UP
(4-3-3) Courtois; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Loftus-Cheek; Pedro, Morata, Hazard
This could well change with strong rumours linking Courtois with a move to Real Madrid and Inter’s Vecino likely to come in. If Courtois does go, expect Pickford or Schmeichel to be considered as a replacement.
KEY PLAYER – EDEN HAZARD
With Real Madrid reportedly giving up on signing the Belgian playmaker, Hazard will be key to Chelsea’s hopes. Sarri-ball should play to Hazard’s strengths as he will see a lot of possession. With Chelsea lacking a top quality striker, Hazard’s goals will be vital to the team too.
HOW WILL THEY FARE?
Chelsea was miles behind Man City last season, as was everyone else, and I don’t see them making up that gap so they should forget about the title. However, with the addition of the new manager and Jorginho, a top 4 spot should be within reach. Sarri better make sure he wins a trophy too or he will not last long under Roman Abramovich.
VERDICT – 4th place
– Robert Shiers