2015/16 season preview: Chelsea

209px-Chelsea_FC.svgChelsea did what many expected them to do last season and won the Premier League title for the first time in five seasons. One again it looks side they are the side to beat, so will trophy be coming back to Stamford Bridge come May?

Manager: Jose Mourinho
Home ground: Stamford Bridge
Last season: Champions
Highest EPL accolade: Winners (2005, 2006, 2010, 2015)

Star Man

Eden Hazard's most important goal came in the 1-0 win over Man Utd image: goal.com

Eden Hazard scored 14 goals for the champions last season
image: goal.com

There are so many star players in the Chelsea line-up but without the skill and pace of Eden Hazard terrorising the down the left-wing, I don’t think Chelsea would have won the title without him.

The 24-year-old scored 14 goals for the champions last season, assisted in nine goals and created the most chances than any other player. He also topped the list for most dribbles completed and Chelsea fans hope the Belgian winger keeps up the good work.

I have no doubt that he will and at only 24, he still has his best years ahead of him. In a team that also includes Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, Hazard is the key player in the Chelsea and if he were to get injured, they would definitely miss his creativity.

Key Transfers

IN
Radamel Falcao (Monaco – Season loan), Asmir Begovic (Stoke – £8m)

OUT
Petr Cech (Arsenal – £10m), Felipe Luis (Atletico – Undisclosed), Didier Drogba (Montreal – Free),  Gael Kakuta (Sevilla – Undisclosed), Thorgan Hazard (Monchengladbach – £5.6m), Josh McEachran (Brentford – £750,000), Marco van Ginkel (Stoke – Season loan), Mohamed Salah (Roma – Season loan), Christian Atsu (Bournemouth – Season loan), Patrick Bamford (Crystal Palace – Season loan), Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough – Season loan)

One to Watch

There has been a lot of talk about how long John Terry has got left in him, but Kurt Zouma is ready to step up to the plate and show Chelsea they don’t need to splash the cash on a replacement as he looks to break into the first team.

Kurt Zouma made 15 appearances for the Blues last season image: theguardian.com

Kurt Zouma made 15 appearances for the Blues last season
image: theguardian.com

We saw glimpses of the 20-year-old last season and from his 15 appearances as both a defender and a defensive midfielder, we definitely saw that this youngster could have a role to play in the Chelsea first team for years to come.

With the accolade of Chelsea’s young player of the season also under his belt that will have given the Frenchman a mighty confidence and should anything happen to Terry, or even Gary Cahill or Nemanja Matic, Zouma is definitely a strong and committed replacement.

Best XI

Courtois

Ivanovic   Cahill   Terry   Azpilicueta

Matic   Fabregas

Willian        Oscar        Hazard

Costa

Prediction: 1st

There is no doubt Chelsea are still the team to beat and despite the club not splashing the cash in the transfer market, they don’t need to. Jose Mourinho has a very strong squad and I reckon the trophy will be back at Stamford Bridge come May.

Chelsea look to retain the Premier League fro the second time image: allsports.com

Chelsea will be chasing their fifth Premier League title this season
image: allsports.com

The only cause for concern for Jose Mourinho is a lack of depth in defence. Following Felipe Luis departure to Atletico Madrid, the Blues have no strong back-ups for Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta, should either man face a spell on the sidelines.

However, the rest of the team is top-quality and when you have Cesc Fabregas running the midfield, Hazard causing chaos down the wing and Diego Costa banging in the goals, this team is unstoppable. The only thing that will stop them retaining their crown is an injury crisis.

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