Guardian writers’ predicted place 4th (NB: this isn’t essentially Jacob Steinberg’s prediction however the common of our writers’ suggestions)
Last season’s place third
Odds to win the league (by way of Oddschecker) 16-1
It has been a whirlwind summer season at Stamford Bridge. Roman Abramovich is gone, as are the Russian’s closest allies, and Chelsea’s new house owners haven’t had a lot time to stand up to hurry with the intricacies of English soccer since finishing their £4.25bn takeover of the membership.
Yet the state of affairs is much from disastrous. Chelsea haven’t gone away. The recruitment overseen by Todd Boehly, the membership’s new co-owner and interim sporting director, has been encouraging and there was no signal of Chelsea curbing their spending. Raheem Sterling, who ought to make Thomas Tuchel’s assault way more incisive, is a strong purchase and Kalidou Koulibaly is a crucial signing in protection following the departures of Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen.
In that context the image doesn’t look too dangerous. Tuchel nonetheless has a proficient squad and the return of Ben Chilwell from long-term damage is a significant enhance. A left facet of Sterling and Chilwell? It appears fairly tasty.
However it’s uncertain whether or not the squad is powerful sufficient to shut the hole on Liverpool and City. Tuchel has points in central midfield – N’Golo Kanté can’t keep match and Jorginho lacks mobility – and Chelsea could possibly be wanting dependable goalscorers. Kai Havertz, anticipated to proceed because the false 9, must grow to be dependable. There can’t be an excessive amount of of a goalscoring burden on Mason Mount and Sterling. If there’s, then Champions League qualification and runs within the cups could need to be sufficient.