What do Chelsea need to change to defend their title

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You'd normally hear the words 'Mourinho masterclass' bandied about when the self-designated 'Special One' outwits one of his rivals with a typical display of tactical astuteness.

The kind of display we saw during Chelsea's 1-0 home win over Man United in April en route to their fifth Premier League title.

The same expression could just as easily be applied to Mourinho and the Blues' transfer business last summer.


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On top of offloading David Luiz to PSG for £40 million, Mourinho swiftly plugged the gaps that proved their downfall during the 2013-14 campaign. In came Diego Costa for £32m and former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas, for £30m, from Atletico Madrid and Barcelona respectively. The rest, as they say, is history.

Despite coming off the back of a title-winning campaign, Chelsea will be looking to bring in reinforcements to fend off their rejuvenated rivals. With the transfer window in full swing we take a look at where the champions might look to strengthen.


Make no mistake: the loss of Petr Cech is a big one. The towering Czech international was a reliable back-up to Thibaut Courtois last season, keeping seven clean sheets in just 16 appearances, and was an influential figure in the dressing room throughout his 11-year stint at the club. That said, the arrival of Asmir Begovic from Stoke means Courtouis has a top-class understudy, so between the posts is an area of little concern.


How do you improve a defence that only conceded 32 league goals during the whole of last season and saw three of its back four make the PFA Team of the Year? Any signings will be cover for the ever-present defensive unit of Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta.

A successor to Terry will likely be the top priority. The former England captain is now in the twilight of his career at 34. Kurt Zouma could be a ready-made replacement after impressing in brief spells. A natural left-sided full-back will be another for the shopping list if Filipe Luis departs.


In some of the tougher away fixtures last season the midfield was alarmingly scattered and disorganised, lacking the bite and steel required on the road.

While none could justifiably criticise the contribution of Nemanja Matic, nor the creative spark provided by Fabregas, a combative yet technically gifted player is needed to ensure the Blues have the same versatility in central midfield as they do in the three positions just behind the striker.

Could Juventus's gifted Frenchman Paul Pogba be the answer?


Arguably the area most in need of work. Club legend Didier Drogba's presence in the dressing room will be missed and his departure leaves a void when it comes to Chelsea's striking options.

Costa faded after a sensational start to the last campaign and his on-going hamstring injury will continue to be a source of trepidation, while Loic Remy has never had much of a look-in despite netting nine goals in 29 appearances last season.

The loan signing of Radamel Falcao is an intriguing one: will he simply be 'Torres 2.0', another spent force who only sporadically recaptures his old form, or can Mourinho reignite the Colombian's flame?

Regardless of the outcome, this is hardly a sure-fire solution to the squad's lack of attacking depth. Chelsea haven't been strongly linked with any other high-profile strikers, but if they can hold on to Remy and put faith in youngster Patrick Bamford, that may well be enough firepower to propel the Blues towards back-to-back Premier League titles for the second time in their history.

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