Having tasted European Glory under Thomas Tuchel, what is the next challenge for Chelsea football club? Can they beat Manchester City to Premier League Glory? It is time to bring the Premier League trophy back to Stamford Bridge. The fans demand it and Chelsea football club have struggled in recent times to challenge for England’s most prestigious prize.
We last saw the club lift the Premier League trophy in 2017 under Antonio Conte, however, there is a strong belief amongst the fans that Chelsea can do it again come May 2022. The team standing in their way are the current Premier League Champions, Manchester City.
As we take a look into the transfer window, both teams have made significant efforts into strengthening their squads.
Manchester City have made a record signing of £100 million for Jack Grealish, whilst Chelsea have bought Romelu Lukaku back home for a club-record fee of £97.5 million. Pretty expensive signings for both teams, who should expect nothing but silverware this season.
Whilst both go head to head for most expensive signings, who actually comes out on top for the most essential signing that can help bring their team to Premier League glory?
Manchester City have a plethora of options within their midfield. They are spoilt for choice with the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, İlkay Gündoğan, Phil Foden and more.
Jack Grealish becomes the latest addition to the team and I can’t help but wonder if this transfer was actually necessary. Is Grealish the signing that will help Manchester City retain the title?
Last season saw Guardiola’s side scoring only 82 Premier League goals, the lowest accumulation of team goals in the Premier League since Guardiola’s first season in charge of the Cityzens.
Yes, of course, Grealish is able to get in tight spaces and cause several problems for the opposing defence, but there is still an elephant in the room.
One of City’s formidable goal scoring assets, Sergio Aguero, has left the club and now there is a void that needs to be filled. Having played only 12 games last season, losing out to City’s false 9 setup, his presence will be missed.
Despite lifting the Premier League trophy with their goals coming from all positions on the field, Guardiola’s new style of play without a prolific goal scorer is less than convincing to retain the Premier League title.
With only one week left until the transfer window closes and Gabriel Jesus looking to be out of favour, City are yet to provide answers for their vacant number 9 position; however, fans stay calm as rumours begin to circle around the possibility of acquiring the signature of Cristiano Ronaldo. Scoring 36 goals in 44 matches last season, the 36-year-old looks to be eager for a move to the blue side of Manchester.
On the other end of the spectrum, whilst City struggle to fill their number 9 position, Chelsea have made strides throughout the transfer window to sign a prolific goal scorer.
It was no secret that the team struggled in the final third last season. Although they had signed Timo Werner in the previous summer transfer window, Chelsea have not been able to live up to expectations in front of goal; that’s where their new signing Romelu Lukaku fits in.
Lukaku enters the side having scored 30 goals in 44 matches for Inter Milan. His hunger to succeed and deliver silverware to his childhood club is frightening in itself for rivals to face.
With only 58 Premier League goals scored by the Chelsea team last season, they managed to scrape a top 4 position for the third year running.
Since the departure of Diego Costa, the shouts for a prolific goal scorer have been thunderous. Lukaku is the latest striker to sign for Chelsea, tasked to fill that void and this time the feeling is different.
The blues have all the creative tools to supply potential chances in front of goal. All they needed was somebody with a killer instinct to be on the end of these chances. The presence of Romelu Lukaku up front may be the final piece to the puzzle.
Since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea have kept an impressive 11 clean sheets out of a possible 19 in the Premier League. The likes of Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Reece James all look to have improved massively under their new coach.
With Trevor Chalobah’s burgeoning talent and the possibility of adding Jules Koundé from Sevilla to the mix, it is safe to say that Chelsea’s defence is strong enough for battle this season.
In addition to defensive qualities, the different roles of Jorginho, Kovacic and Kante going into this season provides a balance and a smooth transition from defence to attack.
Also, with the addition of Lukaku to their attack, there is a sea of creators for Tuchel to choose from to play alongside and behind him: Ziyech, Mount, Havertz, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic, pick your poison.
We can compare the ability of all players from both teams to judge how likely it will be for each team to win the Premier League over the other, however this time around, the ability may not be enough.
In addition to potentially solving their goalscoring issues, Chelsea have entered this new season as the Champions of Europe, beating none other than Manchester City along the way.
The confidence of every single individual in the Chelsea team is expected to be unparalleled. They should be going into the season aiming to take points from every single team.
Ability is nothing without confidence and whilst both squads are filled with extremely talented players, Chelsea take the edge with their confidence after snatching the golden prize from Guardiola’s reach.
Failing to win Europe’s most elite prize, will the Premier League be a priority for City this season? There is increasing pressure for Pep Guardiola to deliver the trophy that the City community has been yearning for.
Three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and four League Cups is impressive but not enough to keep the fans satisfied. Reaching the final stage of the Champions League and losing to one Kai Havertz chip must cut deep.
Having been so close to the golden prize, I am sure that the team will be focused on going that extra step further in the Champions League and if need be, they will prioritize this over another Premier League Victory. The likelihood of signing the 5 time Champions League winner, Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be growing stronger as the transfer window comes to a close. If Manchester City and Guardiola manage to lure Ronaldo from Juventus, we will be looking at a team who may just have enough fire power to comfortably snatch away Chelsea’s European title.
Both Chelsea and Manchester City have extremely talented players. They have been lucky enough to fund transfers that will strengthen their respective teams, but one must still come out on top this season to wear the crown as Champions of England.
The evidence is clear, Manchester City are yet to provide an answer for their attack. Kevin De Bruyne, the polished catalyst for City’s success in previous seasons, will play a crucial part in their title charge once again, but with Chelsea strengthening their front line, I cannot see this being enough.
How will City answer to the beaming confidence of the Chelsea players? Will City be more focused on a Champions League victory rather than retaining their Premier League throne? All is to play for this season for both teams to prove that they are worthy to be crowned the 2021/2022 champions. Let’s re-evaluate this later down the line.
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