Chelsea and Jose Mourinho have been reunited, after separating in 2007.
The 'Special One' is back and on a mission to emulate the clubs success during his first reign in charge of the Blues but, just how quickly will the club's inevitable world dominance take to ignite?
Chelsea enjoyed a fruitful few years away from the Portuguese tactician, picking up eight major trophies including, the Champions League trophy in 2012 having beaten Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement leaves the Blues as favourites to obtain the title next season, with the only real challenge to the top being Manchester City. However an improving Tottenham Hotspur could also be a hindrance to a side searching for their first title since 2010, having taken the passenger seat to the Manchester giants.
Premier League fans have had to sit back and watch the northern teams dominate the league and cup titles for years, forgetting about the London dominance that led to Arsenal finishing achieving an invincible season and Chelsea stepping up to challenge for the top.
Now a new era is in motion and it would be foolish to deny the London clubs the attention they rightfully deserve. Chelsea have a squad of champions, with the likes of Eden Hazard, David Luiz, Juan Mata and Oscar all more than capable of ripping a top side apart, whilst an up an coming Spurs side look to further progress and leave behind the habit of self-destructing in the later stages of recent seasons.
Considering the money Arsenal are yet to put to good use, Tottenham’s signing of a new calibre of player such as Paulinho and Manchester United’s new boss, David Moyes, I predict great things for the future of the southern teams. City may have yet more players but it’s clear they aren’t finished as they hunt for a man with the ability to replace Carlos Tevez. Fred is said to have caught the attention of the club but so many changes will require a lot of work, leading to a possible silverware drought at the Etihad next season.
I predict that Chelsea will win the title next season, with City behind them, the Blues squad is full of class and experience and with Mourinho at the helm they will be next to unstoppable in the seasons to come. Spurs will finish third with the hope of holding on to their talisman, Gareth Bale. Moyes may be in charge of a team with an incredible mentality at United but his title challenging inexperience will cost him.
Sir Alex Ferguson may be working behind the scenes at the Red Devils but I still don’t believe his puppet in Moyes will be enough to succeed with the return of Mourinho and class of City.
Abromovich wants more from Chelsea and so do the fans, with the young talents in De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku promised crucial roles in the team - the new Didier Drogba and possible replacement for long time serving record breaking midfielder Frank Lampard, have huge seasons ahead of them.
First though, Chelsea must complete their pre-season tour of Asia. Motivation to succeed in a friendly match says a lot about the desire of the squad, so it will be interesting to see just how serious the renewed Blues will be.
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