Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How much tweaking does the Chelsea team need this summer?

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will no doubt be busy this summer tweaking his team ahead of of next season

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will no doubt be busy this summer tweaking his team ahead of of next season

Jose Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge was supposed to herald a new era for Chelsea.

The Blues were one of the favourites for the Premier League title and Mourinho was expected to bring his silver touch back to the club.

Empty-handed

Chelsea could very well finish the season without a trophy, a rarity in itself for Mourinho, who is a perennial trophy collector.

Chelsea’s Champions League exit to Spanish side Atletico Madrid in the semi-final on Wednesday means that the Premier League is the Blues only hope of silverware this season.

Outsiders

Out of the three title contenders the Blues are the outsiders at odds of 14/1 to win the Premier League. Mourinho’s men are only two points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, but Manchester City are only three points behind Liverpool with a game in-hand and superior goal difference.

Both Liverpool and City are in better positions than the Londoners, although the Blues do have an easier game than City or Liverpool on paper this weekend. Chelsea host relegation threatened Norwich. Meanwhile City visit fifth-place Everton and Liverpool face what looks like a difficult trip to Crystal Palace.

Style

Chelsea’s style of play this season has not always been pretty on the eye. It may have been effective at times, but it looks to have ultimately failed to reap rewards this season. The Blues have not just played a cautious style of play in tough away trips, but have also appeared to play the same style in games they really should be winning.

Mourinho has proved in the past that he can create teams that play football with Chelsea in his first spell and at Real Madrid. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has longed for his club to play football like Barcelona under Pep Guardiola, but that is light years away at the moment for the Blues.

Players

To play an attacking style of football a team needs the right players and Chelsea appears to have the right players, but they do not seem the right players for Mourinho. The likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian and Andre Schurrle are all good attacking players, so why does Chelsea look so workmanlike at times?

Even with those attacking players Chelsea has struggled to break down teams this season and it could cost them the title. Good examples of this have come in 1-0 defeats at Aston Villa and Crystal Palace and more recently the 2-1 defeat against Sunderland.

Counter-attacking football can be very effective, when you get it right e.g. Real Madrid against Bayern Munich, but counter-attacking football is not always effective, especially when teams set-up to just defend against you.

Big summer

This summer will be a big one for Chelsea. The likes of youngsters Thibaut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku will return to the club after successful spells elsewhere and Mourinho will bring in players that he believes fit in with his tactics.

Mourinho has made no secret of his wish to bring in new strikers this summer and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa seems to be top of his wanted list. PSG striker Edinson Cavani also seems to be a target for the Blues.

No doubt a top striker would make a big difference to the Chelsea team and the Blues look set to sign one. There are also rumours of Mourinho looking to overhaul his squad completely for next season, with the likes of Eden Hazard and David Luiz being linked with moves elsewhere.

Mourinho is not afraid to make big decisions and sell big players if it is what he believes is best for the team. I really would not rule out big exits from Stamford Bridge this summer, as Mourinho searches for the winning formula.

Successful

Jose Mourinho is still one of the best managers in world football. Getting to the Champions League semi-finals this season and still in the race for the Premier League would be regarded as success for most other teams, but it may well be considered failure by some.

When Mourinho has the right players to fit into his system then Chelsea will be even more successful than this season and will win trophies. I have a feeling that the Portuguese boss will be very busy in the transfer market this summer.

Next season we are likely to see similar football from Chelsea, but it is likely to be slightly more effective and I would not bet against Chelsea picking up trophies in the new campaign.

How much tweaking does the Chelsea team need this summer?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old 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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John
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John

I dont know why pll make such a fuss about this
At the start of the season mou DID say
He was gonna build a team for the long run
He did say he needed time
He did say, his chelsea team now wasnt going to battle for the top spots for ANYTHING
They werent strong enough!

And look what he did… With the same team that got kicked out of champ league
And who wasnt a big challange for the epl last season…
He managed to do VERY well……
Dont you agree…
With a bit of time, and some fresh players
Chelsea can become a big threath again for anyone

John
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John

“. The likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian and Andre Schurrle are all good attacking players, so why does Chelsea look so workmanlike at times?”

Bccs they miss a good world class
striker and a solid midfield..
Playing david luiz as midfield aint a option either
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Your right about these players being big names and great attacking players.
But they are or the creative winger type
Or the creative attacking midfielder
And you cant play all those guys at the same time can you….
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They need a supportive midfield
And a world class striker

cloud
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cloud

for me, jose did a very good job at Chelsea this year. he is working with old and aging players and young players who’s pig-headed just like eden hazard.

there’s no doubt that jose is a great coach but his players must learn to respect his ideas and ideals. sometimes, i see his players very lazy. hopefully during the summer shopping season, Jose will sell all those big-headed players who thinks they’re invincible in the club and buy players who are hungry for titles and are obedient to the manager.

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Bayern
First off, Hazard has every single right to be big-headed. The only bigger ofensive threatss in the BPL are Suarez and Agüero plus he’s the third best winger in the world only behind Cristiano and Ribery. Altough his defense is absolutely terrible, Chelsea still have to bodies behind him to chase people down. It’s the EXACT same thing with Arsenal and Özil… When Özil is put into a position to defend he gets shredded just like Hazard. He’s not a defensive player… Mourinho definitely doesn’t need to sell off Hazard to win a trophy. What he needs is to sell… Read more »
Blues Bridge
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Blues Bridge

Who need benzema? Better buy david guetta. Come on chelsea come on chelsea

rogers
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rogers

David guetta is striker or midfielder?

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