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Chelsea in best shape ahead of new season

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Hazard's signature has sparked fans imaginations (©GettyImages)
Hazard's signature has sparked fans imaginations (©GettyImages).

Chelsea are looking in excellent shape to carry their momentum over from their Champions League success into the new season, with Blues fans ecstatic at their dealings in the transfer market so far according to a new poll.

It was all doom and gloom around Stamford Bridge mid-way through last season as Chelsea struggled badly under former boss Andre Villas-Boas, with silverware seemingly a million miles away.

However after the departure of the 34-year-old in March, Roberto di Matteo took control of the Blues, galvanised a disenfranchised squad before guifing them to glory.

Chelsea claimed their first ever Champions League trophy following their penalty shoot-out success against Bayern Munich in May having already secured the FA Cup with victory over Liverpool.

In the aftermath of their success in Munich, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich promised to splash the cash in order to secure some of Europe’s finest talents – and Russian has come good so far, something that has delighted fans.

In a poll of almost 10,000 fans who were asked which Premier League club has done the best business in the transfer market to date, it was Chelsea came out on top.

42 percent (4,080) of the fans who cast a vote have been most impressed with the Blues’ wheeling and dealing out of the Premier League’s top four who have confirmed signings thus far.

Securing the likes of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin to date, it is easy to see why Chelsea have been the most impressive team in the transfer window, and with a handful of other names linked with a move to Stamford Bridge there should plenty more to come before the season gets underway in August.

It seems that Di Matteo, who did a miraculous job last time round, has got it right yet again and should lead Chelsea to a particularly interesting title challenge indeed next time round.

Chelsea pipped Arsenal, who have so far landed Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski, to top spot with the Gunners polling a respectable 32 percent (3,143) of the vote – although Robin van Persie’s recent announcement that he wants to leave the club may have coloured their view somewhat.

Manchester United were cruelly beaten to the Premier League title last season as cross-city rivals Manchester City struck two late goals against QPR to secure their first league crown in 44 years – and it seems fans aren’t overly impressed with Sir Alex Ferguson’s attempts to make amends by adding to his squad so far.

Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell have joined the roster at Old Trafford to date while Porto’s Joao Moutinho is on the Red Devils' radar, but only 21 percent (2,057) have faith in the Scot’s approach, and believe he has done the best business so far. After last season’s dramatic climax and a trophy-less season, it looks as though a big name signing is required before the fans get excited about their title hopes next season.

But by far the lowest ranked team were Tottenham however, who accumulated a measly 4 percent (352) of the votes, just days after Andre Villas-Boas was named as the club’s new manager.

Gylfi Sigurdsson has already signed on the dotted line at White Hart Lane while Jan Vertonghen and Zeke Fryers should soon follow as Villas-Boas looks to build a team capable of finishing in the top four, but it appears he and chairman Daniel Levy haven’t quite captured the imagination of Spurs fans just yet. A few big names could quickly change that however.

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