On the back of winning the Champions League last season and performing very well in the transfer market over the summer, optimism is back at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are once again expected to be towards the fore when it comes to every competition they are in.
Of those, the biggest two are the Premier League and the Champions League, and this is where the focus will be. Can Chelsea challenge for both? Not only do they have to continue to prove they have the talent for this, but they also need to show the strength in depth they have. So, it seems they’ve certainly got their work cut out for them.
However, all is not lost. Amongst bookmakers, there is optimism that this can be done as they offer odds on both competitions. Betting sites like Space Casino have Chelsea as 43/20, or second favourites, for the Premier League and 6/1, or fifth favourites, to win the Champions League. This shows that The Blues can certainly get involved. Though the odds are separate, the big question is whether they commit to both competitions, or will one need to be sacrificed?
Back-to-Back Champions League Titles?
Fans will all remember the Champions League final win over Manchester City last season as being a real highlight and would love to see the club retain that title. Of course, this won’t be easy, but what we saw in that competition last season was Chelsea’s ability to plan for an individual game and pull it off to perfection.
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The final against Manchester City was a prime example of Chelsea playing their own game, with tweaks to prevent City from playing theirs. It was seen as a tactical masterclass by head coach Thomas Tuchel. While he is at the club and able to keep it up, in a one-off game such as a big European final or knockout game Chelsea have to be fancied to win.
Can This be Translated into League Performances?
This is the real unknown for Chelsea and something that we will see develop as the season goes on. Tuchel is a great boss for individual games, but can he string together something that will last for an entire season, to lead his team to Premier League glory?
Small lapses, such as the recent home draw with Burnley may not feel too bad at the moment, but when we get to the end of the season, those two points dropped may prove to be valuable. Every team makes these small errors over the 38 games that are played, and the team with the least errors is often the champion.
The Champions League in many ways looks like the ideal competition for Tuchel to manage in. This season, given the quality of players he has, we will find out if he can do it in the Premier League too.