Looking At The Prospects For Chelsea
Having finished runners-up in the 2010-2011 English Premier League, Chelsea will be set on going one better next season. It’s clear that finishing second is not viewed as being good enough by the hierarchy at the club. They reacted quickly to the disappointment, dismissing manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Ancelotti was an experienced manager, having previously won the Champions League on two separate occasions during his time at Italian giants AC Milan. He arrived at Chelsea with high hopes and looked set for success, winning the championship and the FA Cup in his very first season. But things didn’t continue in this vein and the disappointment of his second season in charge led to his sacking.
New manager Andre Villas-Boas is young and has much to prove. Arriving in England from Portugal, he now needs to impress on the big stage. Chelsea fans will be hoping that he can breathe new life into the team. But what about the squad of players that he has available to him? Will they be able to challenge for the title, or even the Champions League?
The core group of players have experienced a considerable degree of success over the past few years, although there is a feeling that Chelsea have to bring in some new, younger faces in order to succeed. Some of the key players in the team, including the likes of Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, can’t be expected to play at the top level for too many more seasons.
Having signed David Luiz and Fernando Torres back in January, there’s no doubt that a significant amount of money has been made available. It seems that more will be required if the club are to take on Manchester United and Manchester City in the coming season. As is usual during the summer months, the club are being linked with numerous possible signings. Modric, of Tottenham Hotspur, would appear to be a major target.
But it’s been clear that Chelsea’s management haven’t been in a rush to make signings. Indeed, some of their domestic rivals have moved quickly in the transfer market, but Chelsea appear to be on the sidelines. This may well change between now and the start of the new Premier League season. Most watchers would agree that the squad doesn’t look capable of sustaining a challenge, unless changes are made.
The injury picked up by Ghana international Michael Essien will have come as a particular blow. Essien and Lampard, long seen as being the core of the midfield, have missed too many games over the past year or so. It seems certain that reinforcements will be required in this area of the team.
Villas-Boas is in an enviable position, managing a football club that has been incredibly successful in recent years.먹튀 He takes over a club with a squad of proven winners. But it’s clear that there are problems too. His real challenge is to make the changes that will allow Chelsea to compete over the coming 5 or 10 years\
As ever with this club, his work will be carried out in the media spotlight.