The fixtures for the new season was released yesterday (Wednesday), and Chelsea will head into the season as defending champions, and the Blues will be hoping to keep the title for a consecutive season, a feat Chelsea last achieved in 2005.
Chelsea will start the season on August 12, with a home game against Burnley, a game Antonio Conte will be aiming to get all three points.
The 2016/17 campaign wasn’t entirely easy for Chelsea. The Blues didn’t start well and Manchester City were in hot form at the start of the season, with everyone tipping them to run away with the title. However, Tottenham were the only team to trouble us in the title race as Liverpool’s title charge didn’t last long.
The Premier League season is usually won in the first half of the season, and last season, Chelsea did pretty well in the first half of the campaign. In fact, it was Chelsea’s winning streak of 13 games that enabled the Blues to end the season as champions.
A careful analysis of the 2016/17 season and you’ll understand that Conte’s men did the job against the smaller teams pretty well. Chelsea never lost to any team outside the top six. The Blues lost only four league games and they were against our rivals – Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool.
Judging from last season, getting a positive result in these fixtures next season would be a plus for Chelsea. First is an away trip to Tottenham on Saturday August 19; it’s important for Chelsea to get at least a draw in this game and win our opening game of the season so that we won’t be far away from the title race in the beginning of the season. Playing catch up in the Premier League is never the way to go.
A home game against Arsenal on September 16 is another important fixture that the Blues will have to win. Chelsea will host Manchester City exactly two weeks after the Arsenal fixture and a win will show intent in our quest to defend the title. These three games will come quite early – in our first seven games of the season.
Chelsea will be free from the big games in October, and on November 4, the Blues will face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, and a game against Liverpool at Anfield will happen on 25th of November.
These games will be key heading into the new season, especially the first three big games for the Blues, against Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City, which all line up in the first seven games of next season for Chelsea.
But then, we are still in the transfer window, and the time to build starts now.
Keep the blue flag flying high!