Premier League Previews: Chelsea
What are you most excited about heading into the new season?
As a Chelsea fan, it’s fair to say we’re set for a very interesting season with Lampard at the helm and the transfer ban. For me, I think we’ll have a strong season, upset a few of our critics, and challenge for trophies once again.
I trust that Lampard will inspire a win-at-all-costs mentality, and create that hunger to win each game which we’ve seen Liverpool master over recent years. He’ll up the atmosphere at the Bridge and get the best out of our youth.
What worries you ahead of the new season?
The only thing that worries me ahead of the new season is the signings our competitors have made.
While City and Liverpool are bound to make big signings before the transfer window closes, the likes of Spurs, Arsenal, and United have all made improvements to their squads. Even Everton and Wolves are making big statement signings.
That said, if Spurs could do it last season, I don’t see why we can’t still compete among the best, especially with Kanté back in is best position!
What have you made of your club’s transfer activity this summer?
Is this some kind of cruel joke?! No, in all seriousness bringing in Pulisic and placing faith in our best youth prospects has been like new signings this summer.
Pulisic looks very sharp and ambitious already which is exciting, and keeping RLC and CHO is so important. Similarly, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, both students of Lamps’ at Derby, come in possessing all the quality needed to shine.
What unpopular opinion do you have about your team?
That we will win a trophy this season and show why, once again, we are the most consistent WINNERS in modern Premier League history. (Yes, I said it, give me a team who has been more consistently successful in the last 15 years… I’ll wait).
Who would win if your squad had a WWE Royal Rumble style fight?
There are a few candidates. Luiz would fancy himself as favourite, but I reckon he’d end up knocking himself out… somehow.
Barkley and Azpiliqueta would approach it as a double act that falls flat. Christiansen and Abraham would have the height but no reach, and Kanté could fight for a year without breaking a sweat.
The rest would band behind the Greek God Giroud, who’d wrap the fight up early and claim the title… then the lights would cut in the arena as Loftus Cheek – A.K.A The Undertaker – rises from his coffin and lays Giroud to waste.
Where do you think your team will realistically finish in the Premier League?
Realistically, I see us finishing 3rd/4th with an FA or Carabao Cup trophy to boot. I reckon we’ll make the last eight of the Champions League, too.