There’s very little Jose Mourinho can do with his Chelsea squad this summer in order to make it better than it’s been this campaign.
Having only lost three games during the entire Premier League season, and clinched the title with games to spare, Blues fans have been very much treated to a Special One masterclass.
With that in mind there’s perhaps one or two changes Mourinho could make in time for next season, but if anything it will be fine tuning, not necessarily adapting to survive.
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It’s an important idea to remember when you’re digesting the Chelsea transfer news sure to come in abundance over the course of the summer. Today we’re focusing on early rumours from around Europe, but nonetheless there’s sure to be something that peaks your interest.
Tiago on Luis
Kicking off our Blues roundup we head to Spain, where Atletico Madrid star Tiago has hinted strongly that his former teammate, current Chelsea ace Filipe Luis, could be making his way back to the Vicente Calderon next summer.
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The Brazilian has struggled since arriving on English shores and unlike Thibaut Courtois and Diego Costa he’s been forced to settle for a place on the bench most of the time. As a result speculation over his future at Stamford Bridge has been widespread and frequent, with many tipping him to make a career u-turn and head back to Atletico.
Judging from Tiago’s claims, where he makes it clear that Luis would be welcomed back with open arms, the possible transfer could very much be on.
"We all know Felipe. I love him," Tiago told Spanish newspaper AS.
"If he is not happy then he knows the doors are open here. Here we always want players who have served the club and I have no doubt that he'd be well received."
Next up we rewind the clock back in history to when Claudio Ranieri was manager at Stamford Bridge. Remember him? Of course you do, and if you don’t you’ll be intrigued by what he’s said anyway. The Italian has fessed up to having wanted to sign current Manchester United ace Michael Carrick whilst he was in charge, before ultimately settling on Frank Lampard.
Given that both men have had distinguished Premier League careers there’s no real laugh to be had at Ranieri’s expense and, let’s be honest, opting for Lampard might well have been the best decision he ever made in west London.
Fabregas the best
Lastly it’s the turn of the statistics to provide the Chelsea faithful with yet more to rave about. According to the CIES Football Observatory - a Swiss-based analysis group - Francesc Fabregas was the most influential defensive-midfielder in Europe this year.
The Football Observatory ranked all of the continent’s best players and scored them out of 100. Fabregas, being marked against six metrics, managed to record a perfect score. You could say it’s a fab result. I’ll get my coat.
Chelsea fans, what do you think to the stories in today’s roundup? Let us know in the comments box below.