Chelsea will be aiming to reclaim Champions League status for the second season running.
Within twelve months of a successful stint at Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri left to Juventus. The Italian coach, who finished third in the Premier League and lifted the Europa League with the blues, is replaced by the legend Frank Lampard.
The Premier League club was convinced after the English International’s tendency carrying Derby County to the playoff finals, before agonizingly missing out on Premier League spot. It is also safer to say that the Blues had very fewer options because of the average squad and transfer ban, which runs until the 2020 summer.
The new manager has avowed handing out chances to the youngsters including Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount, while Kurt Zouma is anticipated to be restored in the starting lineup after loan spells with Stoke City and Everton. Since Mateo Kovacic was registered as Chelsea player last season, the Blues signed him on a permanent deal for £55 million.
The reigning Europa winners had a pre-season set up in Japan, Germany, Austria, and England – playing the likes of Barcelona, Borussia Monchengladbach, and Red Bull Salzburg. The supporters are excited about the prospect of watching the young team playing in the upcoming season.
Gonzalo Higuain, who joined Chelsea on loan from Juventus during the second part of the season, has decided to stay put in Turin. Whereas, Real Madrid midfielder Matteo Kovacic completed a £55 million move in this window. Numerous players have come back from loan, but Lampard has already assigned first-team roles to Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount. Cesar Azpilicueta will retain the captain’s armband for the upcoming season.
GOALKEEPERS: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Jamie Cumming.
DEFENDERS: Cesar Azpilicueta (C), Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma, Marcos Alonso, Emerson Palmeiri, Reece James, Davide Zappacosta, Fikayo Tomori.
MIDFIELDERS: N’Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic, Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Mason Mount, Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley, Kenedy.
FORWARDS: Olivier Giroud, Pedro, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Tammy Abraham, Michy Batshuayi, Ike Ugbo, Izzy Brown.
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Predictions for Chelsea?
Chelsea’s top-four rivals were active in the transfer market. Arsenal and Manchester United have strengthened their squad, while the Blues were hit a transfer ban at the wrong time.
With a bunch of youngsters, Frank Lampard will have to perform a miracle to finish in the top four. It would be an exhilarating contest, but the Blues could end up in the Europa League spot.