Chelsea next season

Highlights Of What Awaits Chelsea Next Season

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea has set the benchmark for Premier League teams this season. It’s however, no surprise that the team from SW6, is one win away from their fifth Premier League crown. As a new season beckons, the Blues must be wary of sinking into the same hole they did in 2015 as defending champs.

In 2014, Chelsea intimidated all comers in the Premier League and secured their fourth League title without breaking a sweat. The Blues remained top of the pile, from start to finish. A season after that, the Blues rested on their oars and ended up capitulating to their worst Premier League finish in the Roman Abramovic era; it ended in Jose Mourinho being shown the door.

In the 2015-16 Premier League season, Leicester City usurped Chelsea as Champions; just like Chelsea, they slumped into the relegation zone and ended up bringing down the axe on their gaffer, Claudio Ranieri. It bores down to how these clubs prepared themselves for what to expect, after a successful season.

Chelsea, finds themselves in that position again, this time they’ve proved too strong to be toppled from the summit of the league since last November. Next season, the Blues must expect a different kettle of fish; Here are a few highlights of what Chelsea will be greeted with next season.

Fixture congestion

Jose Mourinho has cried and wailed about the number of games his team has had to play and the time frame between these games. In Jose’s mind eye, he can see Manchester United sitting where Chelsea currently is if only his side did not have so many fixture commitments.

No matter how exaggerated Mourinho’s claims are, they still have some substance. You can’t compare a well-rested team and a team that has had a couple of days to rest before crunch ties. In most games, Antonio Conte has had seven or more days to prepare his team. It has paid off, with Chelsea doing so well, with minimal injury concerns to worry about.

Next season, the story would be much different; Chelsea will be competing actively on four fronts. With so many games to play, fixture pileup could be a bane.

An uphill title defence

The last team to successfully defend their Premier League title is Manchester United, that was in 2008 and 2009. Since then, teams have struggled to hold on to the holy grail for more than a season. Chelsea successfully defended their 2005 Premier League title in 2006 but found that feat difficult to repeat in 2011 and 2015.

2018 will present another shot at a title defence and the Blues must expect another daunting challenge. Their travails in 2011 and 2015 should present a stern lesson. If they can keep the likes of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, as well bring in reinforcements, the Blues could again be freighting next season.

Opponents will come better prepared

Antonio Conte must take a leave from Leicester City travails this season; teams will come set and ready to rip the Champions to shreds next season. They’re probably watching Chelsea tapes already, and musing on how to make them suffer.

A good example of how next season will look, is, Chelsea’s reverse fixture at Manchester United. Jose Mourinho’s side had suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the Bridge but lay in wait for the league leaders at Old Trafford. Mourinho prepared his group, assigned Ander Herrera to man-mark Eden Hazard and the Blues were doused.

There’ll be plenty more of that next season. Teams can’t wait to pounce on Chelsea and hurt the defending champs.

A trophy-less season

A trophy-less season is always on the cards for the Premier League champions. Chelsea could easily find themselves struggling to win a trophy next season. It’s easy to get caught up in the quagmire after a euphoric season and end up finishing the year empty handed.

Antonio Conte has been the best manager in the premier league this year, but as has been seen with the case of Claudio Ranieri, it won’t prevent him from being in Roman Abramovic’s cross hairs if Chelsea flops next season. To be fore warned is to be fore armed, Mr. Antonio.

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