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It has been three years since Chelsea last won the Premier League, and it is fair to say that they have not come close to winning it again since then. However, Roman Abramovich has given Frank Lampard a license to splash the cash, and it fair to say that this is exactly what he has […]

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Frank Lampard

It has been three years since Chelsea last won the Premier League, and it is fair to say that they have not come close to winning it again since then. However, Roman Abramovich has given Frank Lampard a license to splash the cash, and it fair to say that this is exactly what he has doing. He has so far spent £130 million, and by the time the window closes, it is likely that he could have nearly doubled that figure.

Chelsea’s Odds of Winning the 2020-21 Premier League

Abramovich has not opened his wallet because he is feeling generous, he has done so because he wants that Premier League trophy back in the cabinet at Stamford Bridge. Last season they did not pick up any silverware, and that is something that Lampard will be eager to rectify this coming campaign. However, although they did not win anything last season, they did well to finish fourth in the league considering they had a transfer ban. With the players that they have signed this transfer window, they have every chance of going one or two places better, but not many bookmakers are giving them a chance of winning the title. For example, Bet365 have them at odds of 12.00 to lift the title, William Hill gives them odds of 11.00, Betway also has odds of 12.00, while Paddy Power has them at 9.00 to lift the trophy.

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The Players That Have Been Brought in So Far

As we mentioned above, Frank Lampard has spent big in this transfer window, and he has brought in some very talented players that should help Chelsea have a better season than they did last campaign. One of their key signings is definitely Timo Werner, who they bought for £47 million from RB Leipzig. The German international striker spent 4 seasons at Leipzig and scored an impressive 95 goals. Chelsea’s strike force was a bit hit and miss last season, but with Werner leading the line, this should not be a problem.

Chelsea’s defense was a bit of a problem area for the 2019/20 campaign, but Lampard had a touch of genius by signing Thiago Silva on a free transfer. He has a wealth of experience and has played against some of the best strikers in the world, so he will definitely strengthen Chelsea’s defense. He was wanted by a number of other clubs, but he decided that Chelsea would be the best option at this stage in his career. Another player that will help improve their defense is Ben Chilwell, who signed from Leicester for a fee reported to be in the region of £50 million. The 23-year-old is regarded by many as one of the best left-backs in the world at the moment and has a habit of scoring stunning goals every now and then.

They will also have an additional threat on the wing, thanks to the signing of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax for a fee of around £33 million. With the likes of Werner, Abraham, and Giroud playing up front, we expect the Morrocan international to pick up plenty of assists. We also expect him to chip in with the odd goal as he scored 38 goals in 112 appearance for Ajax. As well as Ziyech, will soon be adding Kai Havertz to their squad for a fee of around £90 million. The 21-year-old is an amazing talent and can play on the wing or as an attacking midfield. In his 118 appearance for Bayern Munich, he scored 36 goals. One thing is for certain, Chelsea should not have any problems find the back of the net next season. In fact, we think that there will be a number of teams who will suffer a cricket score when they face Chelsea next season.

Where Do We Predict Chelsea Will Finish?

There can be no doubt that Chelsea are forming a formidable squad, but we do not believe that they will be challenging for the Premier League trophy come the end of the season. They have brought in a lot of new players, and it will take time for these players to learn the way Lampard wants to play as well as gel with their teammates. It is very rare that a team make a lot of signings and are able to gel and perform right away. Therefore, we feel that they will finish no higher than 3rd this coming season, but once they have gelled it will take a formidable team to prevent them from lifting the Premier League title the following season.

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Did Smoking Lead to Former Blues Manager Losing the Dressing Room? https://chelseafc360.com/posts/did-smoking-lead-to-former-blues-manager-losing-the-dressing-room/ Sun, 05 Jul 2020 19:30:15 +0000 http://chelseafc360.com/?p=31192 Maurizio Sarri

Former Chelsea manager and current Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri has become iconic for his tendency to light up a cigarette on the touchline during games. While stadium bans have in recent times, led the Italian to chew cigarette butts rather than smoke them, it’s thought that the 61-year-old still gets through at least 80 a […]

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Maurizio Sarri

Former Chelsea manager and current Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri has become iconic for his tendency to light up a cigarette on the touchline during games. While stadium bans have in recent times, led the Italian to chew cigarette butts rather than smoke them, it’s thought that the 61-year-old still gets through at least 80 a day.

Many have commented that it seems strange Sarri insisted on chewing unlit cigarettes rather vape or use alternative nicotine products, such as Swedish snus. As this article on how to use nicotine pouches explains, snus is consumed by placing the product on the inside of the user’s top lip, and has become popular with professional athletes around the world for the benefits it offers over cigarettes.

Snus is reported to provide short-term benefits of nicotine, including increased awareness and physical and mental sharpness, and is considered more socially acceptable – and discreet – than cigarettes. Top footballers including England’s Jamie Vardy and Ashley Cole have reportedly consumed the product throughout their respective careers in lieu of other tobacco products.

Perhaps it was through an old-school mentality or superstition, but Sarri refused to ditch the cigarettes at Stamford Bridge in favour of other products, with owner Roman Abramovich reportedly ordering club staff to create him his own smoking area after the Italian was allegedly dismayed at the UK’s smoking ban.

Although in many ways, Sarri was considered more relaxed than his predecessor Antonio Conte when it came to players’ diets and social activities, his habit allegedly became a source of contention amongst players, who already had started to resent and become ‘bored’ by the training regimes implemented by the manager and his staff. Chelsea stars were reportedly ‘irked’ by Sarri and his coaching team frequently smoking or vaping throughout training at Cobham, believing the conduct to be unprofessional.

Despite leading his side to a Europa League victory in his single season at Stamford Bridge, Sarri reportedly failed to command the full respect of his dressing room – particularly evident in the EFL Cup Final against Manchester City, in which goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga publicly humiliated his coach by refusing to be substituted; Chelsea subsequently lost the game in a penalty shootout.

Although his iconic smoking habit is unlikely to be the sole reason he lost the respect of his players, it may well have been a trigger point in his tumultuous spell at the Bridge.

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Unrealistic To Expect Chelsea To Win Trophies This Season https://chelseafc360.com/posts/unrealistic-to-expect-chelsea-to-win-trophies-this-season/ Tue, 10 Dec 2019 18:04:07 +0000 http://chelseafc360.com/?p=31172

As one of England’s biggest clubs, Chelsea naturally aim to win major trophies every season. Anything other than trophies is frustrating to club owner Roman Abramovich. In the past, the Russian tycoon has not hesitated to pull the plug on managers even if they had fairly good seasons with the club. This was seen in […]

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As one of England’s biggest clubs, Chelsea naturally aim to win major trophies every season. Anything other than trophies is frustrating to club owner Roman Abramovich. In the past, the Russian tycoon has not hesitated to pull the plug on managers even if they had fairly good seasons with the club. This was seen in 2008 when the club pulled the plug on Avram Grant after he failed to bring a piece of silverware to the club even though he led it to the Champions League final that year where it lost against Manchester United.

This was again seen in 2018 when Antonio Conte was sacked at the end of the 2017/18 season despite having led the club to FA Cup success during his final game in charge. The Italian ultimately paid the price because he failed to guide the club to a top four finish after having won the League the previous year.

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Frank Lampard has done well so far

Lampard is well on course towards guiding the club to a top four finish. The club will probably not be Premier League title contenders this season and it is hard to see them challenging for any major honours considering that the West London giants are a promising but young squad. Chelsea fans can certainly be excited for the future and the club may be able to challenge for major honours from next season if they reinforce one or two areas of their squad.

Lampard has managed to unearth three blossoming talents in Fikayo Tomori, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount. If not for the transfer ban, the trio would have probably not been given opportunities for the first-team this season. It can thus be argued that the transfer ban was a blessing in disguise for Chelsea.

It would be unrealistic to expect the current Chelsea side to win trophies this season but it would be realistic to demand nothing less than attractive football from each game.

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Chelsea Must Aim to Keep Youngster https://chelseafc360.com/posts/chelsea-must-aim-to-keep-youngster/ Tue, 26 Nov 2019 18:10:19 +0000 http://chelseafc360.com/?p=31177

Real Madrid are interested in signing Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea, according to a report which was published by The Sun.  The youngster is considered to be one of the most exciting young talents in Europe. He was strongly linked with a move to German giants Bayern Munich in January but the move reportedly collapsed after the […]

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Real Madrid are interested in signing Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea, according to a report which was published by The Sun.  The youngster is considered to be one of the most exciting young talents in Europe. He was strongly linked with a move to German giants Bayern Munich in January but the move reportedly collapsed after the Bundesliga giants were rejected by the Blues who want to naturally keep their prized asset.

Frank Lampard was able to convince Hudson-Odoi to commit his future to the West Londoners last summer after he wanted out for a new challenge in search for more regular first-team action. This has nevertheless not stopped Real Madrid from considering a move for the player. Los Blancos have struggled for consistency since Cristiano Ronaldo left them to join Juventus during the summer of 2018. They may well look into new reinforcements next summer and Hudson-Odoi is one who could be part of their vision.

Considering that Real are one of the most decorated clubs in the Champions League and the World, it is hard to see the player not at least being tempted by the prospect of joining the Santiago Bernabeu outfit.

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Frank Lampard has done a sterling job as Chelsea manager so far

For now at least, Chelsea is probably the right environment for Hudson-Odoi to be at. Lampard is changing the dynamics of the club and giving young players an opportunity, something which the Blues have been hesitant to do since Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2003. This season alone, three young talents in Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount have been converted into stars.

Hudson-Odoi will be able to fit in well into Lampard’s plans going forward. It is a no-brainer really that Chelsea should do everything in their books to ward off interest from other clubs.

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Mining the Championship Diamonds https://chelseafc360.com/posts/mining-the-championship-diamonds/ Mon, 12 Aug 2019 18:17:54 +0000 http://chelseafc360.com/?p=26021 EFL Championship

Chelsea approach the early stages of the 2019-20 Premiership in a bittersweet frame of mind. Sweet, because one of the club’s greatest ever players, Frank Lampard, has taken over as head coach from Maurizio Sarri (a generally miserable guy, caused by the fans’ underwhelming response to his ‘Sarriball’ principles). Hopes are high for a resurgence […]

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Chelsea approach the early stages of the 2019-20 Premiership in a bittersweet frame of mind. Sweet, because one of the club’s greatest ever players, Frank Lampard, has taken over as head coach from Maurizio Sarri (a generally miserable guy, caused by the fans’ underwhelming response to his ‘Sarriball’ principles). Hopes are high for a resurgence of the attacking style and flair which Lampard himself was renowned for. The bitter part comes from being banned from the transfer market for two windows (domestic and international) after being found guilty by FIFA of systemic breaches of regulations in how they dealt with young overseas players.

Youth gets a break at the Bridge

However, what tastes bitter at the start of the season may be more palatable by the end, if Chelsea can leverage the undoubted talent of the large number of young players they have had out on loan in the Championship. Tammy Abraham is a great example. He was on loan at Villa and managed a very respectable11 goals in 15 games. Mason Mount, at Derby last season, will be helped in pressing his case by Lampard’s knowledge of his talent and contribution to Derby’s creditable sixth-place Championship position.

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Leeds Utd – back to former glory?

One of those teams which are ripe for mining excellent players is Leeds United. This once-great club so very nearly made it back to the premiership last season. Back in the ’70s, they were giants under the tutelage of Mr Taciturn (Don Revie), who would defend to the hilt their questionable tackling and gamesmanship. His loyalty to the team was rewarded with some of the most impressive teamwork in the history of the game. ’70s Leeds had some outstanding players but were also that era-defining case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

After a ten-year dip in form during the ’80s, Leeds briefly glanced in the direction of greatness once again in the early ’90s, reaching the semi-final of the then recently inaugurated Champions League. However, this was to be only fleeting glory, and, within the space of a few years, the team was languishing near the bottom of the newly formed Championship and bleeding out financially. Since then, it’s been more pain than glory for a club whose city they represent is the fifth largest in the UK. The arrival of maverick (but highly experienced) Argentinian Marcelo Bielsa as coach kick-started their campaign this time last year, and he’ll be around with his innovative approach and brutal training regime for another season (unless things go horribly wrong at Elland Road!).

Spread yer bets!

You’d be hard-pushed to choose a dead cert for 2019-20 promotion, and Championship betting should get interesting as the weeks pass and surprise contenders rise and fall and rise again. There’s a wide array of teams worth setting odds on and, clearly, Leeds are very well-fancied again. Currently at 11/2 on bet365, they may be worth a punt now because the odds will surely shorten if they make a good start to the campaign. There again, they were odds-on favourites from early on last season and were in the automatic promotion places until shortly before the business end of the season. At the death, some say they choked, but they did get to the playoffs before getting bundled out after a disastrous second-leg home defeat to Derby.

A property on millionaires’ row

It’s good to see young, promising players getting more than a passing chance of first-team football at the Bridge this season. It may be by accident rather than by design, but hopefully, more than one of them will grab the chance and run with it. As for Leeds, of course, no team has a God-given right to a property on millionaires’ row (otherwise known as the Premier League), but for fans of a certain age, Leeds were part of the Division One tapestry while growing up. It would be good to see them back, and as the largest county in England, Yorkshire demands more than one team in the Premier!

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‘Plan B’ Could Salvage Chelsea’s Season https://chelseafc360.com/posts/plan-b-could-salvage-chelseas-season/ Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:07:20 +0000 http://chelseafc360.com/?p=26007

One performance that Chelsea won’t want to dwell on is their 6-0 drubbing at the Etihad Stadium. Yet they can hardly turn their attention away from Pep’s Man City side, as they both meet once again at Wembley, where the first piece of silverware of the season will be won. Looking at the football betting […]

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One performance that Chelsea won’t want to dwell on is their 6-0 drubbing at the Etihad Stadium. Yet they can hardly turn their attention away from Pep’s Man City side, as they both meet once again at Wembley, where the first piece of silverware of the season will be won.

Looking at the football betting odds won’t make the prettiest of reading for Chelsea, who have somewhat seen their side fall to a couple of heavy defeats in recent weeks. Chelsea are certainly the underdogs according to the bookmakers at 17/4, but they’ve won more than their share of trophies at the national stadium in recent times, under a host of different managers.

The FA Cup couldn’t save Conte’s job last season, so it seems unlikely that the Carabao Cup will have the same effect for Sarri, a man who appears to be rapidly losing the dressing room.

Yet despite all the unrest, his side remain in three cup competitions, where the Blues will be looking to win the Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan, to confirm a return to the Champions League the following season.

Although a lot of hard work is required before then. The introduction of Higuain has provided Chelsea with a natural goalscorer, and one which has worked closely and very well with Sarri throughout his career. A brace in the FA Cup 4th Round against Sheffield Wednesday would have done him the world of good on his home debut as he looks to find his feet in South London.

It doesn’t appear to be the frontline which is the main cause for concern at present, which was evident to see in Manchester against the current Premier League Champions.

Danish centre back Andreas Christensen has been left out on numerous occasions by Sarri in favour to play David Luiz, who, this season has proven to be Chelsea’s Achilles heel across the back four. Sarri is definitely a man to stick to his guns but conceding 10 goals on the road against Bournemouth and Man City may well force him to rethink his logic as we enter an important run of fixtures for the Blues.

It certainly isn’t all doom and gloom. Hudson-Odoi has continued to impress and his decision to stay in London rather than join up with Bayern Munich was a huge plus for Sarri’s side.  The youngster has burst onto the scene this season and has certainly provided his side with a great deal of confidence and skill in the final third.

It may well appear as though all is not well at The Bridge at present, but Chelsea have the chance of redemption against Man City to win the Carabao Cup, which could provide Sarri’s side with a much-needed push as his side battle for a Champions League spot at the expense of either Arsenal or Manchester United.

If the former Napoli manager is willing to adapt his approach, Chelsea could still end the season with a trophy or two in their cabinet.

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Chelsea May Not Need Big-Money Signings to Get Ahead Next Season https://chelseafc360.com/posts/chelsea-may-not-need-big-money-signings-get-ahead-next-season/ Fri, 07 Dec 2018 21:12:51 +0000 http://chelseafc360.com/?p=25993 Chelsea FA Cup

This season is surely one of consolidation for Chelsea. After a tough time under Conte last time around, they’re rebuilding and reinventing themselves with Maurizio Sarri at the helm. The Blues are battling at the top of the Premier League, but a spot in the Champions League qualification places is as much as they covet. […]

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This season is surely one of consolidation for Chelsea. After a tough time under Conte last time around, they’re rebuilding and reinventing themselves with Maurizio Sarri at the helm.

The Blues are battling at the top of the Premier League, but a spot in the Champions League qualification places is as much as they covet.

They’re currently in the Europa League and were ten points behind Manchester City at the start of December. Pep Guardiola’s side are likely winners of the Premier League and the current highest-placed English side in the Champions League odds.

If Chelsea want to join them next season, they need to perhaps look inwardly to find the answers to several of their pressing issues.

There’s a fallacy that the key to being a successful Premier League team is to buy new players, but at Chelsea, there’s a possible solution already within the squad. They have a huge number of talented youngsters out on loan at present, 40 to be precise, but among those individuals are some who could well affect their chances of success.

Take Tammy Abraham for example. He’s on loan at Aston Villa in the Championship, a thriving and competitive division considered one of the best in Europe. He’s bagged 11 goals in 15 games, the sort of form that would usually have a club like Chelsea forking out millions of pounds.

He’s not the only Chelsea youngster looking to graduate soon. While Phil Foden stakes a place for a Manchester City starting spot from within, Mason Mount is being forced to make his case for a Chelsea start.

The England Under 21 midfielder has been sensational for Frank Lampard’s side this season, helping them to sixth in the Championship with both goals and assists. He’s another one of the fringes at Stamford Bridge who could impact their first team squad right now.

If they need any further evidence, they need look only to Ruben Loftus-Cheek, out on loan last season but currently settling into the first team. He scored six goals in ten appearances going into December for the Blues and has England international honours too.

The wealth of talent currently on Chelsea’s books doesn’t end there. Jamal Blackman is going to be a top-class keeper, although he recently broke his leg whilst on loan at Leeds and will need time to recover. Izzy Brown already has Premier League experience, but he’s currently at Elland Road hoping to fire them to promotion and himself into Sarri’s thoughts.

Eventually, all the investment and player hoarding has to pay off, and some of these younger prospects are doing enough to prove they’re able to step up when ready. When Chelsea lost at Spurs in late November, Dele Alli and Harry Kane scored for the home side, both players who have enjoyed lower league loan spells before breaking through.

If there was ever proof that blooding youngsters from these shores was a route to success, Spurs are it. They’ve been a success on the back of the likes of Alli, a former MK Dons player given a chance in the top flight.

Chelsea wouldn’t even have to buy the best talent from the Championship this summer, they already own some of the very best of it.

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Do Chelsea Need Reinforcements at the Front? https://chelseafc360.com/posts/do-chelsea-need-reinforcements-at-the-front/ Mon, 03 Dec 2018 19:41:42 +0000 http://chelseafc360.com/?p=25984 Chelsea FC

They say all good things must come to an end, something that Chelsea know all too well. Life under new manager Maurizio Sarri has been a relative success in the short term, especially when you consider the Blues unbeaten start to the campaign. However, that impressive streak which included 12 Premier League games without defeat […]

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They say all good things must come to an end, something that Chelsea know all too well. Life under new manager Maurizio Sarri has been a relative success in the short term, especially when you consider the Blues unbeaten start to the campaign.

However, that impressive streak which included 12 Premier League games without defeat was bought to an end recently when they faced Tottenham at Wembley. From minute one, the 2016/17 champions were blown away by Mauricio Pochettino’s men as they failed to get a foothold in the game.

Spurs would end up strolling to a 3-1 win in front of their own fans, with Olivier Giroud’s late goal nothing more than a scant consolation for the visitors. A result that not only inflicted their first defeat of the campaign, but also asked questions about their title winning credentials.

Even members of the Chelsea squad have gone on record and said that achieving this feat will be unlikely, with Eden Hazard all but conceding the title even before the hectic Christmas schedule appears on the horizon.

And it may well mean that Sarri and his players decide that a tilt at European silverware will provide the shortest route to success, a look at the current Europa League betting has the West Londoners as 4/1 favourites with Paddy Power.

They along with fellow Londoners Arsenal are the teams that are being backed at present, although that scenario might change when we know for sure which eight teams will drop out of the Champions League and join the competition in the new year.

One of the reasons why they might just fall short in terms of Premier League success, is a lack of options in the final third. Alvaro Morata once again cut an abject figure at Wembley, with seemingly more time spent offside or arguing with officials.

His lack of goals are something of a concern to fans of the club, with many hoping he does not go the way of other failed number 9’s at Stamford Bridge over the last few years. If Didier Drogba is the exception, then there are a long list of once world class forwards that are rule.

You only have to cast your mind back to the likes of Andriy Shevchenko or Fernando Torres who tore opposition defences apart before wearing Chelsea colours, only to then see a massive and almost immediate drop off in their talents.

In fairness to Morata, he is not at the stage of being a busted flush just yet. However, if he does not find form in the next couple of weeks then Maurizio Sarri will have to wonder whether it is worth entering the transfer market when it reopens in January.

To be fair to the former Napoli boss, he is yet to have made the squad truly his own after taking over from compatriot Antonio Conte earlier this Summer. This is something that will not only take time, but new faces as well.

Compared to their title rivals a world class centre forward is arguably what they missing at the moment. Should Sarri be able to add an attacking reinforcement just after Christmas, then it may well increase the club’s chances of competing for silverware at the business end of the season.

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Sarri Looks to Training Ground and not Transfer Market to Fix Defensive Problems https://chelseafc360.com/posts/sarri-looks-training-ground-not-transfer-market/ Tue, 06 Nov 2018 20:24:44 +0000 http://chelseafc360.com/?p=25977 Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea have certainly been the surprise package of the Premier League this season and one can only admire what new boss Maurizio Sarri has done in such a short space of time. To say the Italian has hit the ground running would be a gross understatement and, quite frankly, not very fair on the 59-year-old. […]

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Chelsea have certainly been the surprise package of the Premier League this season and one can only admire what new boss Maurizio Sarri has done in such a short space of time.

To say the Italian has hit the ground running would be a gross understatement and, quite frankly, not very fair on the 59-year-old. It has been one of the smoothest transitions of management at a club that England’s top flight has seen for a long while.

Despite enjoying a faultless start to life at Stamford Bridge, Sarri does still harbour reservations about his defence. If ever there was an insight into how Sarri operates it would be his current observations about his backline even though his squad are third in the Premier League for least goals conceded. If the secret wasn’t out already, it is now, Sarri is indeed a chain-smoking perfectionist that refuses to accept any weak links in his team.

Rather than making noises in his press conferences about how the club will need to provide him with adequate funds in the winter transfer market, Sarri has instead insisted that the problems can and should be fixed on the training ground. It will come as a welcome change to owner Roman Abramovich to hear his manager is keen on using his own tactical acumen to address problems within his squad rather than the easy way out – the Russian’s chequebook.

It is further indication that Sarri is indeed the breath of fresh air that Chelsea desperately needed. Winning the title this season had been a rather muted discussion amongst Chelsea fans in the summer but, all of a sudden, there is a genuine reason to believe that Sarri can achieve greatness in his first season at Stamford Bridge. At odds of 12/1 in Premier League betting it may still appear a long shot but, in reality, Chelsea have looked as impressive as any team has this season.

As far as shoring up the defence at Cobham goes, if Ross Barkley’s transformation under Sarri’s guidance is anything to go by, David Luiz could be the new Paolo Maldini by the end of the campaign. Barkley’s progress has not only got Chelsea fans dreaming of the type of impact he can have in an attacking role but also supporters of the England national team.

A last minute equalizer against Manchester United would not have been forthcoming last season from the Liverpool-born Barkley so it’s evident to see Sarri is able to apply the magic touch to underachieving players to great effect.

Sarri has brought a new attitude to Chelsea that is centered on rolling up the sleeves and getting results through continued hard work. It’s safe to say it is working wonders and restoring a bit of the blood, sweat, and tears that had been missing at Stamford Bridge last season. That’s not to say this current Chelsea team are not easy on the eye, far from it but they now have a steeliness to them as well. It’s back to good old coaching and a focus on what Sarri has at his disposal that is making Chelsea a highly impressive outfit once again.

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The Men Most Likely to Replace Alvaro Morata https://chelseafc360.com/posts/the-men-most-likely-to-replace-alvaro-morata/ Tue, 23 Oct 2018 19:35:08 +0000 http://chelseafc360.com/?p=25964

When Maurizio Sarri arrived at Chelsea in the summer, it was clear that the playing staff would all be granted a clean slate and the opportunity to impress the new manager. That positive outlook extended to Alvaro Morata who, after a subdued first season at Stamford Bridge, had another chance to win over the Blues […]

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When Maurizio Sarri arrived at Chelsea in the summer, it was clear that the playing staff would all be granted a clean slate and the opportunity to impress the new manager. That positive outlook extended to Alvaro Morata who, after a subdued first season at Stamford Bridge, had another chance to win over the Blues supporters.

Eight games into the new league campaign and sadly for the player, it seems as though his time is up. Three goals in eleven matches across all competitions is not the return that the club needs if it is to reclaim the Premier League title and when the January transfer window opens, Chelsea must surely look again at a more adequate replacement for Diego Costa.

Missing Piece

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Chelsea have been very fortunate that Eden Hazard has been so prolific at the start of the 2018/19 campaign. After the first eight league games, the Belgian had scored seven goals and was the division’s top scorer going into the October international break.

In contrast, Alvaro Morata had found the net just twice in seven matches, leaving the much-maligned Pedro to pick up some slack with three in six. The latest football odds show Chelsea as third favourites at a general 8/1 to win the Premier League but the club won’t get over the line if they rely on an attacking midfielder as their main source of goals.

A prolific striker is a must this January but who is likely to provide the missing piece in the Stamford Bridge jigsaw?

Names in the Frame

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The gossip columns have, somewhat predictably, suggested that Chelsea boss Sarri has been scouring his native Italy for replacement strikers but Serie A does seem to be the most likely source of available talent right now. One report links the club with a move for Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi with the potential for Chelsea to cross to rivals AC and a bid for Patrick Cutrone as a backup.

Icardi should be a familiar name for Blues fans as a player who has been linked with a move to England for some time. The 25-year-old has notched 112 goals in 190 games for Inter in all competitions and has started this season strongly with five in eight.

Cutrone, as a promising 20-year-old, would represent more of a gamble so many Chelsea fans will be hoping that the club follows up a link to Juventus’ Paulo Dybala. The Argentine has been prolific over three seasons in Turin but one goal in seven Serie A matches so far this campaign suggests he’s ready to move on following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Time Up

Chelsea entered the second international break in second place in the table, level on points but behind Manchester City on goal difference. Their tally of 18 from eight games is respectable enough and it’s interesting to note that the Blues have scored three more goals than Liverpool – a team that continues to draw widespread media praise for its attacking endeavour.

The 2018/19 Premier League title may not be decided on goal difference but with Chelsea looking to push to the line, it’s clear that they need more firepower in front of goal. Alvaro Morata’s time at Stamford Bridge seems to be up but the question is, who comes in to replace him?

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