Can Chelsea Gain Advantage Without The Champions League
Since Antonio Conte left last summer, there has been a different atmosphere at Stamford Bridge. The West London club did not manage to qualify for the Champions League last season. It is clear on social media that many supporters and pundits are suggesting this could be a blessing in disguise, as it gives team a breather to rebuild and move forward once again. Only time will tell on this theory, but things are looking positive so far.
The new man Maurizio Sarri has started his Chelsea tenure with a different attacking style, amplified by his signing Jorginho. The Brazilian has already broken records in his first season, with the highest amount of passes in a top division match. Pundits have commented saying that he rarely puts a foot wrong, hardly miss-placing a pass. His ball control is world class and you can see why Manchester City were keen for his signature.
Overall, he team is now keeping possession far more efficiently, with higher stats across pitch. The play moves from defence to attack in a fluid manner, with a solid shape. The players body language has massively improved and they seem extremely organised on the pitch. This is shown especially in set plays, where all the players clearly know their roles. Maybe signing a new Goalkeeper in Kepa helped to galvanise the defence, as Courtios obviously was unsettled last season. The world record signing has kept a host of clean sheets and adapted very quickly to life in the Premier League. His arrival has sparked off some strong results and he commands the defence well, giving them peace of mind that he can handle himself in the big games.
Hazard back to best
“It is great to see Kante and Hazard making Fifa’s best world eleven for 2018. Both players had strong World Cups and deserved recognition for their unique playing styles. The big question is weather they can capitalise on not playing in the Champions League.” – Big CFC Fans from Bonus Code
Playing in Europe’s top championship can be a gruelling season, with many games coming fast. The travelling alone can be tiring and will push most squads to the limit, both mentally and physically. Will this break give Chelsea the upper hand in the Premier League, as their squad is looking refreshed and seem to have the edge over their rivals at the moment. Liverpool have also started strongly, but most predict this will fizzle out towards the latter stages, as their squad cannot handle both competitions. After Christmas will be a good time to judge and see where these teams are heading.