Premier League predictions: Top four (4)

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Champions: Chelsea FC

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The major story coming out of Chelsea this summer is of course the return of fan favourite Jose Mourinho.

The enigmatic manager left Real Madrid after a disappointing season and with a damaged reputation after publicly falling out with several influential figures in the squad and the Madrid hierarchy.

Mourinho will be looking to bounce back with a much changed Chelsea squad to the one he lead to two league titles during his first spell at the club. 

Chelsea have added Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel and Mark Schwarzer to their ranks this summer and all will do well to improve an already strong squad. Andre Schurrle is the most likely to get fans excited.

The 22 year-old German international is exceptional on the left wing and can be devastating on the counterattack. These qualities linking up with the creative trio of Mata, Hazard and Oscar will be the clubs main attacking threat in the new season. 

Marco van Ginkel is also an exciting prospect for the club. The midfielder scored 11 goals last season helping him earn the Dutch Talent of the Year Award for the best under-21 player in Holland. He registered two assists while featuring for the Dutch Under-21s during the European Championship in which they reached the semi-finals.

Chelsea have a strong interest in England striker Wayne Rooney and have seen two bids rejected by Manchester United. David Moyes is understandably reluctant to sell to a direct rival for the title, but should he find a replacement Rooney may be allowed to leave.

Last year was a disappointment for Chelsea in the league, mostly down to the uncertainty around their managers. Roberto Di Matteo was sacked harshly by Roman Abramovich and replaced by Rafa Benitez, who did a good job stabilising results and went on to win the Europa League in the process.

With Jose Mourinho now firmly in charge that shouldn't be an issue again and his experience puts the Blues as favourites for the title. 

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