Chelsea’s start to the 2015-2016 campaign was not pretty to say the least. The Blues finished their first two matches still in search of a victory, claiming one point from a possible six. That’s not exactly a title defense in the making.
However, a week later, everything at Stamford Bridge seems a bit more positive. Chelsea have signed two players, and don’t look to be finished. They are approaching the transfer window with what appears to be a much more of an aggressive attitude.
Just this week they have confirmed two signings in the form of Baba Rahman from Augsburg and Pedro from Barcelona. While the former will serve as a great prospect for the Blues, offering coverage when needed, Pedro will certainly come into the Chelsea side and immediately improve them.
Therefore going into Sunday’s match against West Brom, Chelsea seem to have a much better attitude then they had following their loss to Manchester City. But a newly found attitude won’t be enough for the Blues this weekend. They’ll need all three points. That’s the minimum that Mourinho should expect from his side against Tony Pulis and his Hawthornes.
The main key to Chelsea winning the match, will be breaking down the usually well setup defense of West Brom. Pulis typically sets up his teams in a way that doesn’t allow for much room or penetration. Chelsea will need to find ways to break them down.
This’ll come down to intricate play from players like Hazard, Fabregas, and maybe even their new man Pedro. If Chelsea can get on the board early, it’ll push West Brom out of their shell to try and find an equalizer, further exposing their back line. Furthermore, Chelsea would benefit from a Diego Costa goal. He needs to begin firing for the Blues and it’ll help him get some momentum.
Hopefully this weekend, we’ll start to see the puzzle come together for Chelsea. A few goals, a comfortable victory and a new look. That’ll be the goal for Mourinho and his side.
Three points will take a little pressure off of the Portuguese manager and his team. It’ll allow them to spend another week focusing on the transfer market. A win is a necessity, and the Blues will expect to take maximum points from Sunday’s match. I expect a 3-0 victory, with Hazard, Costa and a defender scoring the three goals.