The Premier league fixtures for the 2018/19 season was officially released on Thursday. The entertainment of weekly football will soon be back and the new season promises to be more competitive than ever.
Here are 3 things Chelsea must come to grip with:
1. THERE ARE NO UNDERDOGS ANYMORE:
Chelsea’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League was shattered more by results against the so called average teams. An embarrassing opening day defeat against Sean Dyche’s Burnley was a bitter pill, and more painful defeats against the likes of Bournemouth, Wes tHam United, Watford and Newcastle United killed our hopes. If we factor in disjointed displays against other teams in this group, then for sure the truth is that we were sole architects of our downfall. Winning games against lesser and average oppositions should be a priority.
2. BIG GAMES MAKE US SERIOUS CONTENDERS:
Another reason for our slump last season was down to our performances and results in big games. Winning a measly 12 points from a possible 30 from big games against Manchester City(0), Manchester United(3), Liverpool(4), Arsenal(2), and Spurs(3). If we must be seen as serious title contenders, then winning games against our top rivals for the title will be very crucial.
3. WELCOME TO THE NEW PREMIER LEAGUE ERA:
A decade ago, the Champions League places were certainties for the big four. No matter how badly any of these teams play, the top four was a sure bet. But things have changed rapidly now all thanks to TV deal. Now, the lesser teams can also call the shots in the transfer market, pay astronomical wages and hire good coaches to transform their fortunes. Chelsea must wake up to this new happening. We’ve failed to qualify for the Champions League twice in three years and that’s a sign of things to come if we don’t improve. With more teams sure to make the next season’s competition fiercer, Chelsea can’t afford to be crawling when others are flying. It’s time to show that: We are Chelsea, the Pride of London.
Let’s keep the blue flag flying high. Cheers!