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Manchester City won the Premier League title in the just concluded season, their second in a row, while Chelsea finished third, 26 points behind Manchester City.
For the second season in a row, we have failed to challenge for the title and this isn’t what is expected from a top side like Chelsea.
A club like Chelsea shouldn’t be finishing 26 points off the title winners and certain steps need to be taken this summer to ensure we fight for the title next season.
1. The Board Need to Back The Manager
I know many fans won’t agree with me but Maurizio Sarri deserves another season at Stamford Bridge after a third place finish in the Premier League and success in the Europa League.
The Italian is set to leave Stamford Bridge for Juventus and the board have decided not to stand in his way.
Frank Lampard is rumoured to be the board’s choice to replace Sarri as Chelsea boss and if Lampard isn’t backed, the Blues will struggle again next season.
Manchester City and Liverpool are reaping the benefits of backing their managers and Chelsea must learn to do that if we want Lampard to succeed. The culture of sacking a manager every time we go through a storm should end. It’s difficult for managers to think long-term and give youth a chance when they know the club demands instant success.
2. Integrate young and hungry players into the team
Our players lacked motivation for most parts of last season and that was one of the reasons why we struggled. Chelsea have young players out on loan who are hungry for success and with the transfer ban on the club, these players should be integrated into the team.
Chelsea struggled to score goals last season and Tammy Abraham could be the answer to our goalscoring problems. Mason Mount will bring creativity, goals and energy to the midfield for the Blues. Reece James is ready to provide competition at right back after an excellent season on loan at Wigan. Kurt Zouma will bring a much needed steal to our defence after an excellent season on loan at Everton.
Sarri didn’t show too much trust in youth last season, one of the reasons the fans didn’t warm up to him. If Chelsea’s next manager wants to excel next season, he must learn to trust young players.
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