Chelsea – last season they were strong candidates for the Premier League title, alongside Manchester City and Liverpool.
The battle for the title last season was tough and the Blues were close to clinching it, but the season ended with the club in 3rd place, failing to win a trophy.
They also reached the semi-final stage of the UEFA Champions League, losing 3-1 on aggregate against Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea’s squad depth is incredible, as shown in the line-up below. Some players are featured twice, but that’s mainly to show that they can play multiple positions and can be rotated.
The squad depth, ability-wise and quality-wise, has further improved upon last season – something which Chelsea lacked at times. They can now enjoy a fresher, younger and generally better squad overall, as they can rotate players and still keep the same amount of quality in the starting eleven.
Cesc Fàbregas (~30m.)
Didier Drogba (Free)
Diego Costa ( ~31m.)
Filipe Luis (~16m.)
Loïc Rémy (~10.5m.)
With the new signings, Chelsea added to the squad depth in the areas that it was needed.
The most notable arrival being Cesc Fàbregas, who previously played for Barcelona and had a pretty solid season last term.
With the addition of the two Atletico Madrid’s players, Diego Costa and Filipe Luis, they got themselves a great striker to further compliment their quality, and also, a great fullback in Luis
Didier Drogba has also returned to the Blues after having a decent season for the Turkish giants, Galatasaray, scoring 15 in 37 matches – the Ivorian still seems like a great back-up striker, despite his age, and certainly adds to the squad depth.
Loïc Rémy, the French international, who spent last season at Newcastle United, scored 14 goals in 26 matches. He was snapped up on the last day of the transfer window to replace the outbound Fernando Torres.
Yes, I do think that Chelsea can win the Premier League this year – they had a successful season last time out, but they lacked that final push against the smaller teams, and failed to get those important extra-points needed to win the title.
Having improved both the depth and the quality of the squad in the areas that desperately needed some attention – I can honestly see them winning it this time round
Trailing just behind the Blues will be the current champions, Manchester City. City have already strengthened and look ready for another title push, having signed Fernandinho, Bacary Sagna and a better back-up keeper, Willy Caballero.
Liverpool were a worry last season for everyone – they had an outstanding season. However they sold their star player – Luis Suarez – this summer, who went to Barcelona for an astounding fee, but they have added depth with the new signings in Markovic, Moreno, Origi and Manquillo – but have also improved the quality overall, with the signings of Balotelli, Lallana and Lovren – Despite the added number of quality players in the squad, I don’t believe that they make up for the loss of Suarez and cannot therefore see them finishing above 3rd place.
With Arsenal having signed the Chilean Alexis Sanchez and the England international, Danny Welbeck, along with the fact that Mesut Özil is no-longer in his debut season and proving to be an even bigger threat this time round – I see them finishing 4th once again this season.
Manchester United, despite their poor performances last season, have improved a lot. They have signed England prospect, Luke Shaw, a more-creative midfielder in Ander Herrera, along with star signings, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao. Having the man who took Netherlands to the World Cup semi-finals this summer – Louis van Gaal – is an added bonus. I can see them climbing the table this time round, ultimately finishing 5th.
Those are my predictions, what are yours? Leave your comments below.