With Jose Mourinho back in charge at Stamford Bridge as well as Sir Alex Ferguson retired, Chelsea are favourites to capture the Premier League title.
Unlike most of Chelsea's previous managers, Mourinho has managed Chelsea before, and has also won the Premier League twice.
In my opinion, Chelsea will finish above the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal due to a number of reasons.
Mourinho has worked with a number of current Chelsea players before, and knows what they are capable of. He also knows what tactics are needed against specific teams, as shown in the 2004/05 and 2005/06 Premier League seasons.
Chelsea impressed in their pre-season tours of USA and Asia, undefeated until a recent 3-1 defeat to Mourinho's former club Real Madrid, now managed by former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Also, something the Chelsea squad missed out on over the past few seasons was a prolific striker. Torres did well last season with over 20 goals; however, he wasn't as consistent as the likes of Van Persie, Benteke and Michu. However, with Romelu Lukaku back from a season on loan at the Hawthorns, Chelsea may finally have that hole filled.
Also, with Tottenham struggling to hold on to Gareth Bale, there is a massive chance that he may leave north London for Spain, as Real Madrid are leading the race to sign him.
Statistics state that with Bale in the side, Tottenham have a 34 percent chance of finishing in the top four; however, without Bale, Tottenham have just a 20 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League football.
Tottenham out of the picture would make life a lot easier for Chelsea.
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