New manager, new challenges
After sacking Antonio Conte (a man that won the Premier League in his first season 2016/17), Chelsea have appointed former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri to bring them back to the Champions League and also win back the championship title. The first feat may be possible as part of the overall agenda, but the second goal would be a miracle to achieve considering the competition the Premier League is enjoying at the moment, with Man City being the favourites and the team to beat.
The Blues have invested heavily in the transfer market over the summer (more about this topic below), but Sarri has issued a plea to the Chelsea support to give him some time to settle into the club and that they should expect to see positive developments some time around the second half of the season.
“For sure in the moment, we are not at the top of our potential,” said the new Chelsea boss. “We did a preseason… that can I say… unusual, maybe. So now we are not at the top. I hope to be at the top of the potential of the squad in one or two months, but I don’t know. I hope that the second part of the season, for us, will be very good with a lot of points. I expect in the first part of the season some problems.”
“On the result. Maybe the performances in the first half of the season will not be in line with the potential of the squad. Maybe, in the first part. I think you have to wait for a couple of months. You have to wait.”
Bet on Chelsea this season
Defending Premier League champions are the favourites to win the title again this season, per Bet365 Sportsbook. But with fresh squad that’s filled with expensive names, Chelsea are certainly one of the top dogs for the title, with their odds being 8/1 (9.00) to lift the championship trophy at the end of the season. Make sure to check out some of the other markets with the online betting sites in UK.
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Since Sarri took over the Stamford Bridge side, they’ve signed a number of marquee players in an attempt to wrestle back the Premier League title from Man City. The Blues have managed to win the battle to midfielder Jorginho’s signature for around €57m from Napoli (since he knows Sarri from the previous club), then they also agreed a loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Kovacic, who enjoyed a great run with Croatia while on international duty at the 2018 World Cup, where they finished as runners-up.
And for the latest recruit Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea broke the world-record fee for singing the goalkeeper from Athletic Bilbao for a sun of around €80m, which makes him more expensive than Liverpool’s recently acquired keeper Allison. Kepa was signed to replace the departed Thibaut Courtois, who transferred to Real Madrid for €35m – a fee that’s quite low for a keeper that was voted the best goalkeeper of the 2018 World Cup.