Scary Chelsea and the possibilities ahead
|Romelu Lukaku seems to be the final piece missing in Chelsea's puzzle, will he help them land the title? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
They are the champions of Europe, they didn’t stop there as they beat Villarreal on penalties to land the UEFA Super Cup as well, that means by the end of the year when they head to America for the customary club world cup, Chelsea will be pushing to be the number one club in the world. Possible!
Let’s take it back a bit to January after the loss to Leicester, James Maddison’s goal meant the end of Frank Lampard’s reigns, which of Chelsea’s numerous followers would have thought the team would be the darling of Europe in August?
Football is beautiful, the aches and hurts of the agony of defeat can quickly vanish in the face of heartwarming results.
But it takes management of note to reverse tides and build from the middle of nowhere, and again we ask, would Chelsea have conquered Europe if Lampard wasn’t fired?
The appointment of Thomas Tuchel proved a masterstroke.
Chelsea didn’t only click from the start of his reigns, there’s a proven strategy to their game and the intensity can be felt from the blast of the whistle till the very last minute.
Is there a weak link in the Chelsea set-up?
This is very easy to answer, goalscoring is an issue and all eyes will be on a certain German who has failed to produce the numbers that were expected of him.
Timo Werner hasn’t clicked as expected but Chelsea managed to carry on defensively, relying on 1-0 wins, but that proved enough.
How were they able to live with that? Goals from every other corner, from the defence (Kurt Zouma and Marcos Alonso especially) and key chips from the midfield where Mason Mount and Jorginho (mostly from penalties) rose to be counted.
The deployment of Kai Havertz as false nine paid dividends as well but the club would definitely close teams out with a striker that puts the ball over the goal line and not mostly over the bar like Werner does.
However the arrival of Romelu Lukaku will effectively solve that.
What will Lukaku bring to the Blues?
Leadership is something you need in the dressing room, Thiago Silva and Jorginho offer so much in that regard and the arrival of the big Belgian will add to that.
His maturity on his first interview clearly tells how much difference you’ll see from the teenager that joined the Blues earlier in his career.
Lukaku will bring numbers in terms of goals and chances creation, you look at the Super Cup game and wonder what would have been had the Blues had a striker who can put the ball in the net.
They may have spent so much to bring him back but he will no doubt help Chelsea’s course this season and beyond.
Where is Chelsea likely to finish?
The season is way too young to tell a lot of things, Manchester United and their City rivals have reinforced in some ways needed.
Liverpool kept the core of their team and the injured lots are being integrated back into the team, what does this mean to Chelsea?
Chelsea should compete for the title, they have the resources to win the title and their champions league title defence will not stand in their way.
They have two solid teams that can ruffle feathers and a manager that knows what he’s doing, champions in waiting?