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Five Reasons Why Chelsea Won’t Win The Premier League This Season

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Five Reasons Why Chelsea Won’t Win The Premier League This season

After such a dominant Premier League win last time out, surely Chelsea have to be the favorites for this season’s trophy. Right?

Antonio Conte’s side cruised to victory by seven points. Undoubtedly have one of the best squads in the league, but here are five reasons why they wont repeat last seasons heroics.


Despite guiding Chelsea to the title in his first season in charge, there are still doubts surrounding the future of Antonio Conte. He has been heavily linked with a return to Italy, where his family still live, with The Guardian suggesting Inter Milan have offered him a £10 million pound-a-year deal.

Chelsea are yet to make any moves in the transfer window as of yet. This, of course, has undoubtedly frustrated Conte, who could still be lured away from the London outfit.

It is of paramount importance that The Blues sort out this situation by offering Conte a lucrative new contract, with the promise of control over transfers. The Premier League Season is fast approaching us.

Diego Costa

It is now widely known Diego Costa is not part of Conte’s plan for next season, much to the surprise of plenty of Chelsea fans, but who is going to replace him?

Romelu Lukaku is the name that sticks out in the rumor mill, and a return to London from Everton seems like it could happen.  However, it’s not certain that the Belgian will be a like-for-like replacement for Costa.

Costa’s aggression was a large part of Chelsea’s winning campaign last time out, and he has scored a convincing 52 league goals in 86 games for the Blues.

Lukaku does possess quality, but does he have the attitude to make it at a top club like Chelsea? Only time will tell.

Costa suits Chelsea down to the ground, and him leaving could cause problems in their defense of the title.


Should Chelsea opt to start the campaign how they finished with a 3-4-3 formation, they could face being ‘found out’ early on.

Arsene Wenger’s decision to play three at the back against the Blues in the F.A. Cup final worked wonders, as it kept key players like Eden Hazard out of the game for large periods, and nullified the threat that effectively saw Chelsea win the league.

It was proof that the 3-4-3 that saw Chelsea go on a 13 match winning run is not unbeatable. If you match it, and teams in the league will have analyzed Arsenal’s stunning performance to defeat Chelsea.


It is so easy to take a step back after winning the title, take Leicester as a perfect example: they couldn’t win a game at the start of last season.

It must be a mental block in players heads, not being able to push on following a successful campaign. This was the reason Jose Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea two years ago.

Conte seems like a manager who will not let this happen, but should some early results go against Chelsea, it could be a long season for the Italian.

The Top 6

Chelsea’s toughest opponents will be improving their squads in time for next season.

Already we have seen Manchester City and Manchester United spending large amounts this summer. They have move forward and begun improving their squads with plenty of time to bed players in during pre-season.

It is a big year for Pep Guardiola, who struggled in his first in English football.  He has a point to prove this year with his Manchester City side.

Jurgen Klopp is looking to build on a fourth placed finish with Liverpool. This while Jose Mourinho needs a better league campaign this time around.

Whatever happens, it will be another thoroughly entertaining season in the Premier League.