Jose Mourinho has constantly reiterated that he believes Chelsea will not win the Premier League this season, and has heaped all the pressure on Manchester City by naming them as title favourites.
It seems as though Roman Abramovich is willing to give the Mourinho a year to build a team that is ready to challenge on all fronts next year. The question is, what do the Blues need to do to strengthen their team in the summer to make the them the force they were in Mourinho’s first spell?
Bring back Courtois
In July 2011, Chelsea signed an unheard of Belgian goalkeeper who they immediately sent out on the loan to Atletico Madrid. Two-and-a-half years later, Thibaut Courtois is widely considered as one of the best in the word between the sticks.
With Petr Cech making more errors than usual this season, it may be time to make the change. One thing Chelsea cannot afford to do is lose the best young goalkeeper in the world in Courtois.
Sign Luke Shaw
The Southampton left-back has claimed on his twitter page that he is a Chelsea and he has been linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge in the summer. With Ashley Cole seemingly leaving at the end of the year and Mourinho doesn’t seem to be a fan of Ryan Bertrand, Shaw could be seen as Chelsea’s left back for the foreseeable future. With a bit of defensive work, Shaw could be up there with the best full-backs in the game within a few years.
A creative deep-lying midfielder
One of Chelsea’s biggest regrets must be not completing the signing of Luka Modric a couple of years backs. Over the last few years John Obi Mikel and Ramires have been used as the two in the 4-2-3-1 formation.
These two players have been regularly criticised by fans because of the tempo and accuracy of their passing. In Nemanja Matic they have signed someone who has a better range of passing and controls the midfield. If Chelsea want to compete with Manchester City, they must match them in midfield and a deep-lying playmaker is a real need for Mourinho’s men.
Toni Kroos has reportedly declined a new contract offer from Bayern Munich and is willing to leave. A midfield three of Nemanja Matic, Toni Kroos and Oscar is a mouth-watering trio. This could also see Chelsea moving back to their previous and successful 4-3-3 system with Matic playing the Claude Makelele role.
And finally, a striker (obviously)
I don’t think it’s a secret that Chelsea must sign a world-class striker in the summer. Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba are expected to be sold. Romelu Lukaku will likely replace one of these, but who will replace the other?
The options are supposedly Diego Costa, Mario Balotelli and Edinson Cavani. For me, Costa is a Jose Mourinho type player; a strong, hard-working striker that bullies defenders.
I can’t see PSG selling Cavani and Balotelli would be a risk Mourinho probably would be not willing to take. According to the Metro, Chelsea have a verbal agreement with Atletico Madrid for Costa to move to Chelsea in the summer.
Looking at the team below, you can why Mourinho believes it will be next season before Chelsea reach their full potential an play the “sexy football” Roman Abramovich desires.
Potential Chelsea team next year: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Shaw, Matic, Kroos, Oscar, Hazard, Willian, Costa. 4-2-3-1/4-3-3
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