The premier league is around the corner and it’s going to be epic, as usual having the most entertaining league in the world return to our screen. 2016/2017 season champion, Chelsea will kick start their campaign under new manager, Maurizio Sarri at Huddersfield Town on the 11th of August.
The team will aim to return to winning ways after finishing fifth last term out and missing out on a Champions league spot. We dissect their chances of returning to the top four.
Chelsea target of returning to the top four was first destabilized when the club took so long to solve their managerial position. Taking ages to sort out the Conte sacking and bringing Sarri on board was one decision that took too long. There are many that felt Conte should have been given a second chance as he was able to secure the FA cup last season.
His early season crisis at the club culminated to his sacking at the end of the season, and if the arrival of Sarri is anything to go buy, he is bound to have some similar problems his country man complained about.
Sarri is a technically gifted manager that have been on the rise, especially looking at his exploit at Napoli in the last three years. However, the 59 year old gaffer lack of experience at club of this magnitude is something to question.
The Blues managerial experiences have shown that at the toughest periods in the club under Roman Abrahamovic, the manager inability to manage situations have cost them their job, more than their lack of tactical prowess. Jose Mourinho and Conte’s case comes to mind. With this type of manager, fighting for a top four finish will be difficult to achieve.
As much as Chelsea might want to call this period a rebuilding process under Sarri, keeping their best players will become a herculean task to achieve. Both Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard are heavily linked with a move out of the Bridge. There are high possibility that one of them might be staying but keeping both at the end of the transfer window will be one miracle to have happened.
This means that a squad that has had little addition will be losing a key member. Replacing will definitely be issue with nine days to the close of the transfer window. Considering all these, it will be difficult for Chelsea breaking back into the top four.
The level of opposition in the league right now makes top four even far reaching to be achieved. Manchester United and City are a level ahead of the Blues in terms of squad depth. Liverpool strengthened their squad with quality players this summer.
Tottenham have kept their best players and are in better position to finish ahead of Chelsea in the new season. Arsenal got their signings early and everything seems to be working well for them at the moment. All Chelsea have now is Jorginho joining to complement the arrival of Sarri at the club. All doesn’t seems to adding up at the Blues camp and asking for a top four might be too much.
A better root into the champions league next season will be to win the Europa league, which looks more realistic than a top four finish.