We wrapped up our season preparations last week after a few weeks of action on the pitch. Our final game was against Italian giants, Inter, which we ended up losing by 2-1. Before that game, we came up against German champions, Bayern Munich, and that too didn’t end so well; we were outscored 3-2 after a late rally.
It would have been a Asian preseason tour to forget if we didn’t manage to win our first game. It was against Arsenal, but we turned on an impressive performance, and won them. Before Arsenal, there’s was another game, against Fulham. We won that fixture too, but that doesn’t quite mean enough considering the opposition.
As expected, our preseason results have brought into question our readiness to defend the title this season. Many pundits are of the belief that if we cannot defeat good opposition like Bayern and Inter, we might as well be unable to stand against the heavyweights in the league. I don’t exactly share that position, but I do think we may have under- prepared for the coming season.
If you noticed, most teams, especially the top ones in English football have played a way bigger number of games than Chelsea have, and that only adds to make them better. I do not have a problem with our results from the fixtures because I know they were just friendlies, however, I wish we could have played more games than we actually did, and that’s because I know that playing more means trainings more, and that only opens room for improvement and increased fitness.
Of course, we didn’t have a bad preseason, but it definitely could have been better. Whatever his reasons were, they must have been good enough if Conte allowed them influence his plans for his team. The new season is almost here, and we can’t say much until things finally get underway, but if asked to assess our preseason outing, I’d say we could have used some more games than just 4.