With Jose Mourinho returning to Chelsea, you may be forgiven for thinking that the Blues are on their way to dominance in English football.

But on further analysis, the future isn't all that bright for the Stamford Bridge outfit.

It's no secret that Petr Cech's best days are behind him, and as he enters the twilight of his career, Mourinho, at some point, must look for a replacement for the man who was his  number one in his first spell at Chelsea. 

In spite of having a very promising goalkeeper in Thibaut Courtois on-loan at Atletico Madrid until June 2014, it may take him a season or two, upon his return, to adapt to the English game, similar to David De Gea at Manchester United.

This transition will take time; something Roman Abramovich is unwilling to give to any of his managers.

Despite Mourinho’s reputation of making older players lengthen their careers, like he did with Javier Zanetti and Marco Materazzi at Internazionale, he may have his work cut out with Ashley Cole, as the pace of the Premier League is much quicker than that of Serie A, and Cole will come to feel his age as he comes up against the likes of Jesus Navas, Antonio Valencia and Theo Walcott during the coming season.

For all of their success, Chelsea also have placed heavy pressure on their defenders scoring goals, with John Terry, Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic all scoring a considerable amount of goals in the 2012/13 campaign. 

On the face of it, this is not problem, however, when you consider that the four centre back's goalscoring tallies total more than their £50m front man Fernando Torres, this statistic should send the alarm bells ringing around Stamford Bridge.

Despite Frank Lampard scoring 17 goals last season, he’s now 35 years of age and can’t be relied upon as one of the team’s main goalscorers. This places even more pressure on the Chelsea strikeforce which has failed to impress for a number of seasons.

Blues fans can look forward to the loan return of Romelu Lukaku, who got a very impressive 17 league goals for West Brom last season. No doubt his first team opportunities, though, will be more limited this season, with Fernando Torres and Demba Ba also fighting for a first-team place.

On top of all this, Chelsea are out to sign Edinson Cavani, who has his heart set on joining Chelsea. If this transfer were to come to fruition, who would be forced to sit on the bench, or even forced out of Chelsea? The £50m striker? The recent signing? The youngster?

Chelsea have a fine squad, but Jose has a mountain of selection dilemmas, and it will take time to for the ‘special one’ to fully establish Chelsea as the Premiership’s most consistent team - will Abramovich be willing to give 'The Special One' that time?


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