Monday, April 23, 2018

Chelsea needs Pep Guardiola

Chelsea need to do everything they can to convince Pep Guardiola to come to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea need to do everything they can to convince Pep Guardiola to come to Stamford Bridge

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is one of the most highly-rated bosses of all time.

His record in club football can be matched by very few of his contemporises.

Only former-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho can has come close to the former-Barcelona boss when it comes to trophies in recent years.

Ironically struggling Premier League champions Chelsea, Mourinho’s former-club are now reportedly looking at recruiting Guardiola this summer. Yesterday’s enthralling 3-3 draw with Everton at Stamford Bridge illustrated why the Blues need an overhaul.

Granted Everton are a good team, but the fact that Chelsea was happy to take a point through a 98th minute goal from John Terry shows just where the Blues are at the moment.

Hiddink not in it for the long run

Veteran Dutch boss Guus Hiddink has yet to lose a game in his second spell at Stamford Bridge, but most of those games have resulted in draws. The former-Holland boss has steadied the ship slightly, but there has been no major lift and that has left the reigning champions just above the relegation zone.

There are very few who expect the Blues to be relegated this season and at some point surely their form will improve. Hiddink’s first stint at the Bridge was a short-term one and his second always looked like a temporarily one as well.

Major competition for Guardiola

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and the rest of the club hierarchy must be desperately attempting to convince Guardiola that Chelsea is the club for him this summer as his Bayern Munich contract expires.

However, they reportedly face competition from Premier League rivals Manchester City and Manchester United for the Spaniard’s services. It seems that Guardiola has the pick of his clubs this summer.

Manchester City are performing relatively well under Manuel Pellegrini in both the Premier League and the Champions League, yet the Citizens are still being linked with a move for the Catalan boss in the summer.

Manchester United’s style of football and form has been poor this season under experienced boss Louis van Gaal and it is debatable whether the Dutchman will be the Red Devils boss next season. The summer availability of Guardiola will raise the interest of the United hierarchy.

City are currently favourites to nab the Spaniard this summer at odds of 1/ 4, but Chelsea have to be in with a chance just because of their standing within football.

Chelsea needs an overhaul

This season has been a shock to the system of everybody connected with Chelsea. Their iconic boss Jose Mourinho has left for a second season and the Blues are struggling near the bottom of the Premier League table.

The problem for Chelsea last summer was that Mourinho failed to strengthen his squad with real quality. He brought in Pedro and Baba Rahman, but neither has enjoyed particularly good starts to their Blues careers.

Rivals Manchester City spent big on new players, bringing in the likes of Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne, with mixed success. However it gave the squad and the fans a lift. Chelsea has just felt stale since the beginning of the campaign.

Their attacking play under Mourinho was laboured and has improved slightly since Hiddink took over. The most shocking factor to Chelsea’s downfall this season has been there complete and utter collapse in defence.

Saturday’s poor defensive display was just another woeful one from John Terry and co. They are defending like relegation candidates and champions or not they are near the bottom of the Premier League because they have just not been good enough in any department this season.

It has been reported that if Guardiola does agree to join Chelsea then he would want to make wholesale changes to the team and that is only understandable considering the Blues current situation.

Chelsea needs another special boss and Guardiola has the talent and know-how to turn things around at Stamford Bridge. Unfortunately Chelsea may have to look elsewhere, because like the most beautiful woman in the nightclub, Guardiola has everybody after him.

Chelsea are dancing near the Spaniard, rather than with him at the moment and it seems they are very unlikely to take the prize asset home at the end of the night, no matter how big Mr Abramovich’s wallet is.

Can Chelsea convince Guardiola to move to Stamford Bridge this summer?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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