After a fairly disappointing pre-season and a terrible start to the Premier League campaign, fans may be getting a little worried about this title defence. The next few weeks will be very testing for this Chelsea team, and Jose Mourinho may look to dip into the transfer market yet again before the window closes – with speculation mounting around a bid for Barcelona’s wantaway winger Pedro.
As the saying goes, you shouldn’t change a winning team, so why change anything about a team that completely dominated the league last season? The only problem with that philosophy, though, is that all the other teams that failed to mount a serious title challenge last year have been making drastic moves to strengthen their squads. Just one week ago, Chelsea were odds on favourites to retain the Premier League title. They are around a price of 7/2 with betfair now to reclaim their crown, with Manchester City currently leading the betting after their recent 3-0 drubbing of the Blues.
Now it is early doors, but after the aforementioned abject performance against Man City, fans will be desperately hoping that the team can find last season’s form, and fast. There are some tough looking fixtures ahead including West Bromwich Albion and Everton away, and Arsenal at home in the next 5 game weeks. City started the season off in style with a 3-0 drubbing of West Brom and some of their key players look to be finding their best form and in truth had Aguero been fully fit and sharp, he could have punished Chelsea further.
City are also rumoured to be coming close to a deal on the Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, a player who Mourinho decided was surplus to requirements a few years ago, but has made a big name for himself in Germany. De Bruyne will be looking to emulate this success in England and could come back to haunt Chelsea.
Mourinho will need to decide where he needs to strengthen as it now seems a given that he will dip into the transfer market before the deadline. Many fans will have been worried when they heard that the out of form Radamel Falcao would be joining the club as back up for Diego Costa. And with uncertainty over Costa’s fitness being something of great concern, fans would probably feel more comfortable if there was a world class replacement waiting on the bench – or furher wide options (enter Pedro). Last season Costa’s goals were pivotal to Chelsea’s title winning campaign and they need him or somebody like him at least, to replicate that this time out as well.