Chelsea was quite terrible for the most of 2017/18 season, but it wouldn’t be the first time. We have previously seen slumps from the team on two other occasions, yet there always was a turnaround the next season.
This season may be different, of course, considering that the league is even more competitive than ever, however, signs from our pre-season games show the narrative will likely follow the same pattern.
Save our travails in front of goal, there’s been nothing usual about the current Chelsea side. The arrival of new coach, Maurizio Sarri has given much-needed life to the team, and taken it back to what it once was. We have played some really good football, and even more interesting is that we have done that without most of our star players, especially Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante.
Due to international duty, and playing in the final of the World Cup, some of our players have been given an extended holiday. So they’ll resume work at Stamford Bridge just before the new season starts. But it’s not even debatable that once they get back in the team, they’ll make great impact.
Winning the league may be a little too much and quite a huge expectation from us, judging by the kind of slump we suffered, but we will not be expecting anything short of a top four finish, coupled with some excellent football, which is exactly what Sarri is known for. If we got the league or any other trophy, it would be a huge bonus, but I’m sure that nobody expects that of Sarri in his first season.
Antonio Conte pulled it off, but it’s important to note that even he didn’t quite see it coming. Fans have a knack for putting too much pressure on coaches, but we must apply patience this time.
Our Community Shield tie against Manchester City will go a long way to tell us more about how prepared we are for the starting season. They are currently Champions of England, and they are not that far from what Sarri wants to mould his Chelsea into, so it’ll be interesting to see how we fare against them.
Of course, even if we lose the game, hope must be kept alive because we are still a morphing team under a new coach. But we expect fight, determination, and courage from our boys on Sunday. If we win, it’ll be massive for our confidence, and if we lose, we’ll just need to learn from it, and come back stronger. This season has to be different, Conte is gone; we must move on from whatever lapses we suffered under his reign.