Blues have signed excellently so far this summer…
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So far this summer, Jose Mourinho’s side has spent nearly £60m on two La Liga superstars, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, in a bid to wrestle the title from Manchester City.
Last term, the Blues finished third in the Premier League, with the top flight’s best defensive record, but Mourinho regularly berated his lack of striking options, while his midfield, while mobile and powerful – arguably lacked real creative guile.
So far this summer though, Chelsea have moved swiftly to fix these problems.
Below is an analysis of why Chelsea’s two signings are so impressive, and just why the two Spaniards will boost the Blues…
For only £2m more than Liverpool paid for Adam Lallana, Chelsea managed to snare the world-class Barcelona man.
Fabregas prides himself on his ability to keep possession when under pressure, dribble through the centre of the park, and slip intricate through-balls to onrushing teammates.
He proved while at Arsenal that he’s more than accustomed to the Premier League – and Blues fans are extremely excited about seeing the former Gunner in action.
While Chelsea’s midfielders such as Ramires, Nemanja Matic and Jon Obi Mikel are combative, and provide a solid defensive base – Fabregas adds class and creativity to the middle of the park alongside the battlers.
Fabregas can play the ball simply, but unlike Chelsea’s current central midfield batch – he can make something happen out of nothing, thanks to his vision and passing ability.
With willing runners like Eden Hazard and Willian deployed wide, Fabregas’s creative strengths could be maximised.
Last term in the Premier League, neither Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o or Demba Ba managed to reach double figures in terms of goals – while new £32m signing Diego Costa bagged an incredible 27 in La Liga, helping Atletico Madrid secure the title.
The powerful forward is brave, strong, an incredibly hard worker – and most importantly – capable of scoring goals.
While Chelsea have an unwanted record of seeing previously top strikers decline at Stamford Bridge (Torres, Shevchenko, Crespo etc), Costa seems to be the perfect match for Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese maverick won back-to-back titles with Didier Drogba up top on his own between 2004 and 2006, and Costa is seemingly of a similar ilk to the Ivorian.
Chelsea boasted the best defensive record by far last term, but lacked genuine fire-power at some points – which inevitably cost them the title.
With a creative midfielder to play alongside the always impressive Matic, and a striker capable of finishing off the chances created for him by Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian and co, it’s no surprise that many are backing the Blues for title glory in 2014/15.