Last year Chelsea walked the Premier League with very little fight from the teams around them, so much so the title was all but over by Christmas.
However early on in this years campaign, the Blues title defence has already taken a hefty blow after throwing their lead away twice to draw 2-2 at home to Swansea.
Furthermore, the red card received by Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois means he will miss their crucial game at Manchester City this week. With City looking more than comfortable against West Brom on Monday night, this could prove costly.
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This may all seem a little premature but the first few games of a season can often define the outcome of a teams season. Right from the off last year you could tell that Chelsea were going to have a good season with an energetic performance at Burnley.
On the contrary, against Swansea the Blues looked sluggish and big names failed to deliver including Fabregas in particular. The Spanish international hasn't looked a shade of his former self and his form could be pivotal in whether Chelsea can repeat what they manged last year.
Costa the Key
Diego Costa's fitness is also a key factor to the Blues title ambitions as he scored an impressive 20 goals in just 26 games. An ongoing hamstring injury slightly hampered a debut season for the clinical striker so if he can stay fully fit then maybe the Blues can still hold on to their crown.
A new signing is maybe what is needed to further boost their challenge. Apart from Begovic who was signed to replace Cech, no big money signings have been made by Mourinho to bolster the depth and talent in the squad. Maybe one more word-class player is needed to complete the puzzle?
With City, Liverpool and United big money additions this Summer, could Chelsea be falling behind in the race for the title? Or are they just off to a slow start? Only time will tell.
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