It’s been a long time waiting for Chelsea fans. They hadn’t captured Premier League Glory since the 2009-2010 season. Between then, it was a Manchester monopoly over the title, with each club winning two trophies. But last season, Chelsea broke the deadlock and brought the Premier League back to West London.
The Blues were lethal during last campaign. They secured their fate with three games to spare, although their eventual success was widely accepted for a much longer time. Jose Mourinho was his usual self on the touchline, leading his squad to victory.
So now just a few months later, the Blues embark on another campaign, with four trophies up for grabs. What should we expect from the Blues during this campaign, and more specifically what should we look for against Swansea on Saturday?
Well, the Blues have a chance to reign supreme in all competitions. How many trophies can they add to their trophy case, and which ones will fall by the wayside?
I believe that Chelsea realistically should be aiming for three trophies. Maintaining Premier League supremacy will be their main target. However, they need to be much more successful in Europe as well. Although they bowed out to PSG last season in the Round of 16, Chelsea should be out for blood amongst Europe’s elite. Look for them to make a deep run in the competition.
Finally, the Blues will want to be in a pole position to win one of the domestic cups, whether it’s the Capital One Cup or the FA Cup. Retaining the Capital One Cup might be the easier of the two tasks, but it’ll be interesting to see how the Blues fare in either tournament.
So what does all this mean for Saturday?
Chelsea should expect to come out of their first match of the season with nothing less than a win. It’s what the fans expect, it’s what Mourinho demands and everyone involved with the club should be insisting upon a victory as well.
The Blues should be healthy minus the uncertainty surrounding Diego Costa. That being said, should the Spaniard not play, it’ll be interesting to see how Chelsea fair with either Remy or Falcao at the helm. It may be something that Mourinho must get accustomed to this season and it will be telling to see how they do this weekend.
Furthermore, it’ll be good to see Eden Hazard start the season on a high note. A goal and an assist from the Belgian would be brilliant for both his momentum along with the West Londoners immediate fate.
It’ll also be interesting to see how Chelsea line up. Whether or not Oscar is included in the starting XI, if Willian or Moses start, and where on the pitch.
Saturday will be a telling affair at Stamford Bridge. However, the most important part of Chelsea’s first match against Swansea is setting the tone for the season by gaining three points. Regardless of how attractive a game the Blues play, it’s necessary that they win; and that’s what everyone will be expecting from the West Londoners. Can Chelsea oblige in their first match of the 2015-2016 Premier League?