Well, Chelsea didn't start the season on the right foot. Truth is, José Mourinho is not very worried… can’t say the same about the supporters, though. So what needs to be done?
The current holders of the Premier League title seem to have realised that there’s a harder competition taking place this season. Mourinho claims that rivals are stronger, predicting that more defeats and more points will be lost for the top teams, and that this year everything will be decided between a top five: Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and United, and of course, them.
Chelsea FC started this season with a loss against Manchester City (the present leader of the league) and a draw against Swansea City. The situation doesn’t look pretty for them with five points gone in two games, which seems like a big gap. The question remains: Will Chelsea come back? Tic-tac, 36 opportunities left seems like a chance.
With a manager renowned for his preparation and strict planning, something is lacking: concentration is not strong but after the recent defeat perhaps his motivation will rise further. What about the squad? With two weeks remaining of the transfer window, it seems reasonable some action will be taken to strengthen it. Unlike like last summer, it’s been, somewhat, a quiet transfer window for Chelsea. They’ve added Asmir Begovic as goalkeeper, on-loan striker Radamel Falcao, and left-back Baba Rahman. Also new recruits Nathan and Danilo Pantic went straight out on loan to Vitesse Arnhem.
It’s been discussed, within Stamford Bridge and the media, of the need for a centre-half and right-back. There was (still is?) a deep interest for England defender John Stones, but so far NOT so good! The third attempt of a £30m Chelsea bid was once again turned down by Everton after the previous bids of £25m and £20m. Apparently, the club has no intension of selling Stones, at least not in this window. A pity, but it seems about time to move on.
Alex Telles was also suggested even after £21.7m acquisition of Rahman, reports say that the interest may remain. This might switch Cesar Azpilicueta to right-back in place of an out-of-form Ivanovic, especially after another roasting at Man City.
Furthermore, Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann remains on Chelsea’s transfer wishlist since scoring 22 goals (more than any Chelsea player), and Mourinho needs some scorers on the field. Last, but not least, midfield Godfred Donsah from Cagliari has been linked with the Blues and reports say that Chelsea officials have jetted to Italy to complete the signing.
Despite all the rumours and uncertainties, truth is José Mourinho is still very confident about winning the league. Nonetheless, it’s time for Chelsea to forget last season and, aim at doing better. They need to start now by showing it on the pitch and forget baout the negativity off of it. Let’s sit, wait and watch.
Next match will be Sunday at 1:30pm and will take place at The Hawthorns, against West Bromwich Albion.