Wednesday, 20 July 2011

5. Chelsea FC.

Next Stop Stamford Bridge. Chelsea FC.
Chelsea ended last season 2nd in the Premiership - 9 points behind Manchester United as they were unable to defend their Premier League title and notably finished with no trophies; something which owner Roman Abramovich was not happy about. Carlo Ancelotti found this out the hard way - even though he enjoyed a successful season prior to 2010/2011 this was not enough to save his job and was sacked in May 2011; making way for 33 year old Andre Villas-Boas.

Unlike their 'title rivals' Chelsea have been very quiet in the current transfer market; with the only acitivity players on the way out but those players are only those who are yet to really break into the first team - meaning nothing has really changed for the squad. Michael Mancienne has made his move to Hamburg with Jeffrey Bruma following suit - but he only on loan whilst Jack Cork has transferred to Championship new boys Southampton.

I posed the same questions as i have to all the fans regarding Chelsea and their realistic chances for next season and their thoughts on issues such as the new manager and transfers and again have found some intriguing views regarding this big club.

@harrischarles - 'Prediction: Top 2, and a trophy'

As are the views of many football fans in close season @harrischarles believes 'new signings are key' after what he described as 'an ultimately disappointing 10/11 season' he highlighted clubs like United and Liverpool have already made multiple signings and 'Man City sure to follow suit'.

On the talk of transfers with Chelsea @harrischarles had some interesting thoughts - 'We are maybe one or two signings away from a title winning team next season, with Sneijder top of the list for me, though I don’t expect us to sign him.' and he went on to talk of 'The Modric affair' which is clogging up the current sports news advising 'though an already drawn out saga, will end with him at the Bridge in my opinion.'

@PrashankRai - 'I think we can win this time'

@prashankrai is slightly more negative on the topic of transfers, he said to me 'we need signings badly a winger, striker & a play maker' i'd say thats a huge ask with not much time left in the transfer market. However, this negativity on the topic of transfers is somewhat balanced out through the positivity and expectation around new boss Andre Villas-Boas (AVB) from reading @prashankrai's blog he feels the only way is up with this new young manager and is looking forward to his attacking style of play.

@harrischarles definitely shares this feeling about the new boss - 'Excited about the arrival of AVB, really does feel like a fresh start, and hoping he will inject some much needed vibrancy, attention to detail and discipline in to the team, and the club as a whole.' it seems everyone cant wait for the new season under AVB lets just see if Roman Abramovich gives him any longer than 1 season!

The final thoughts @harrischarles shared were that of the general squad and style of play, he is now 'hoping to see us revert back to a more free flowing style of football, rather than trying to force our way through with a lack of cutting edge in the final third.' which i feel he believes will come through the new manager's strategies and tactics. He made comment on their £50M striker who has been the butt of many peoples jokes since signing and struggling to find the net but the Chelsea fans are backing him to come good - 'Confident Fernando will come good, it’s a case of playing to his strengths and adapting the team to him, as he’s struggled to fit in to the team’s style of play since joining.'

@fi_sonic - 'i hope we are more consistent next season' 

The fans of Chelsea do seem to have confidence in the current squad, including @fi_sonic who said 'we are yet to sign any stars' but went on to say 'Lamps, JT, Cole and Drog - the current squad is world class with a lot of experience' but then also highlighted 'our youngsters will have a lot of chance this season.' so he feels if the blues can get the mixture of experience and youth right Chelsea are sure to have a successful season. He concluded with 'The future is looking good for the blues.' - even with a trophiless season blues fans seem to be thinking positive.

@TheTomOfficial - 'its a perfect squad in my eyes' 

By far the most positive fan i have spoke to is @thetomofficial who didnt really bat an eyelid at being VERY confident about next season telling me 'we will win the league, league cup and champions league' i think although all Chelsea fans would hope he is correct they'll struggle to feel the same. He did share the same feelings as other Chelsea fans i spoke to on the subject of AVB saying 'he will be amazing at the club'

Chelsea are a very ambitious club who are always looking to achieve but i am finding them as hard as any other club as what prediction to give them on the advice of fan's thoughts. I feel their squad is going to be abit mismatched as they have some class older players and some good young players developing but together they may struggle slightly to communicate to success. I feel they will finish 2nd or 3rd but will win a trophy thanks to the new boss!

Chelsea fans seemed hard to find to complete this post for the blog but i ave managed to worm some out and would again like to thank them for their interesting views on Chelsea and next season!

@beckytLCFC 'fans view blog quest!'

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