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What’s going on with Chelsea? 

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Last season was a frustrating one for Chelsea fans. The Blues were unable to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool for the English Premier League title, their record signing failed to settle, and Roman Abramovich, their beloved former owner, was forced to sell the club. 

Of those three problems, the change in ownership was especially critical as the new owners would determine how well the Romelu Lukaku situation would be handled and if Chelsea would make the right moves to be a Premier League contender again. 

So far, new owner, Todd Boehly has made all the right noises about improving the club, but how well has that turned out?  

Moving on from Lukaku 

When Chelsea acquired Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan last season, the signing was tipped as the final piece in their attempt to challenge the two heavyweights of the Premier League division, Manchester City and Liverpool. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way. 

After a positive start, it soon became obvious that Lukaku did not fit into how Tuchel wanted to play, and that the Manager was unwilling to change his team’s tactics to accommodate his record signing. When the Belgian returned to Inter Milan on loan last month, fans heaved a sigh of relief, hoping that their new owner’s promises would bring a striker who actually fit the team’s needs. It hasn’t worked out how they hoped either. 

Erling Haaland, their first target last season, has signed for Manchester City and links to Cristiano Ronaldo have been dismissed by Chelsea executives.  

With just a week to go before the 2022/23 EPL season starts, the biggest question Chelsea fans have is “Who leads the line for us next season?’ 

Friendly stumbles 

For much of the last decade, Chelsea fans knew to relax whenever games against Arsenal were around the corner. How it usually went was; Arsenal would dominate possession while Chelsea would simply soak up the pressure and counterattack at will. It worked so well that Chelsea fans could tell how much trouble their team was in by how easily Arsenal beat them.  

Which is why Saturday’s 4-0 loss to Arsenal must have the alarm bells ringing right now. In three friendly games so far, Chelsea has won one, drawn the other (losing the eventual penalty shootout) and lost the third to Arsenal.  

Their title chances this season do not look favorable at all. 

Transfer failures 

Coming into the offseason, Chelsea knew they were losing Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.  

What they did not know was that Barcelona would prove to be a thorn in their side as they attempted to sign the players they needed to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool in the EPL.  

So far, the Catalan giants have signed Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde and Raphinha from right under the noses of Chelsea. To add insult to injury, Ousmane Dembele, the wantaway Barcelona winger Chelsea hoped to sign has now signed a new 2-year contract to stay at the Camp Nou. 

As it stands, the goodwill generated by the signings of Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly is fast dissipating as the Stamford Bridge faithful face the prospect of going into the 2022/23 season with misfiring duo, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz leading the line. 

What do you think about Chelsea’s chances next season? Let us know in the comment section!

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