It’s no secret that most teams take a lot of strength and depth to go all the way and win a Premier League title.
Leicester City’s 2015/16 triumph may be an exception, but it is important to have top players to intervene in the event of injuries and loss of form. Chelsea seem to have that depth now and it will be fascinating to see how they do in the Premier League title race this season.
Recruiting offensive is paying off
Since Chelsea ended their two-window transfer embargo in February 2020, the club have worked tirelessly to significantly strengthen the squad. The Blues, who have 51/20 set out to win the Premier League title at Space Casino this season, have secured players who led them to an unlikely Champions League title last season. Some top players were recruited under the tenure of manager Frank Lampard, including Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Edouard Mendy, all of whom came through the doors at Stamford Bridge.
These expenses put additional pressure on Lampard to deliver and the Englishman might have been given more time at The Bridge had the club not made such a significant investment. Lampard’s time came and went and now former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is the man with this talented squad at his disposal. The German tactician was able to win a European crown last season, now the focus is on bringing the success of the Premier League back to West London.
Lukaku the icing on the cake
After a number of new faces joined the club last season, this summer transfer window for the Blues was about quality over quantity. Chelsea have already secured the services of their marquee signing when they brought striker Romelu Lukaku back to the club. The Belgian international has developed by leaps and bounds since retiring from Manchester United to join Inter Milan. Lukaku said playing in Italy was a childhood dream and the 28-year-old not only fulfilled that dream but also won a Serie A title last season.
Lukaku’s time at San Siro was a bit short, but 47 goals in 72 games for the Nerazzurri have given him the confidence to make another leap into the Premier League. The goal on his return to the Premier League in a 2-0 win over Arsenal shows the striker’s intention to once again show that he has what it takes to shine in England’s top flight. Lukaku’s arrival really is the icing on the cake for Tuchel and the Belgian could prove the difference for Chelsea this season. Title rivals Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool cannot boast a central striker similar to Lukaku.
It’s an exciting time for Chelsea fans and the fans back in the stands at Stamford Bridge could be rescheduled for another season to remember this season as their side pose a serious challenge to England’s crown .