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Can Chelsea Dethrone Man City This Season?

Can Chelsea Dethrone Man City This Season?

Chelsea have enjoyed a highly successful start to life under new coach Maurizio Sarri, since the esteemed Italian tactician took over from compatriot Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.

Of course, things didn’t go according to plan on the pairing’s first competitive game together, as the Blues were overcome by reigning and defending Premier League champions Manchester City in the season-opening Community Shield at Wembley.

Although, that fixture is typically regarded as simply a friendly outing with a piece of silverware on offer for the victor, with the focus having then instantly switched to domestic duties and getting back on track at the highest level.

Conte had brilliantly delivered the Premier League title with the club in the 2016/17 season but his follow-up campaign ended in disaster and he was eventually sent packing the following summer.

Fellow countryman Sarri, formerly of Serie A outfit Napoli, was then called upon and the now 59-year-old has not looked back, overseeing a strong start to proceedings in north London. This included a solid four straight victories in the top tier, coming against all of Huddersfield Town, Arsenal, Newcastle United and Bournemouth.

Chelsea 2 QPR 1 (15684375751) by CFC unofficial (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Confident fans can back odds on Chelsea to win league 2019 at a highly promising 10/1 with Betfair, after the club’s impressive start to the current campaign under new manager Sarri.

They have the momentum and confidence to keep going throughout this term under Sarri and that coveted Premier League trophy could, therefore, be within their sights come next May.

That’s if they can outwork fellow title challengers Man City and Liverpool, who have both looked superb as well so far during early games. Pep Guardiola’s Sky Blues ran away with the crown last campaign, simply being too good and blowing everyone else away.

Although, that doesn’t look to be the case this term, with Jurgen Klopp holding a great Liverpool squad that looks capable of challenging too, while Chelsea are seemingly one of the most promising sides in the division.

Sarri is quite clearly having a huge effect on his players, with Belgium international ace Eden Hazard once again shining brightly within the Blues ranks and continuing his efforts as the main man in the set-up.

One slight problem that could pop up for Sarri and his in-form team is the distraction of the Europa League throughout the season. It’s unclear whether the Blues will take the competition seriously, similar to how Manchester United won it and secured a return to the elite European club competition the following campaign.

Sarri may choose to overlook it and play weakened sides, instead opting to focus on his Premier League aspirations, especially considering the strong surge they have enjoyed at this early stage of the season.

There’s a long way to go yet but Chelsea look to be back among the top teams contesting for silverware, with many thanks having to go to the new man on the touchline, Maurizio Sarri.

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