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Former Arsenal player Perry Groves doubts Chelsea’s top four credibility, and thinks Chelsea may even finish outside the top four.
Groves doesn’t think Chelsea have an experienced squad and management to lead the team to a Champions League finish.
Eden Hazard has been the star of the Chelsea team and scored a number of goals that helped the Blues over the years. With the departure of Eden Hazard, there have been doubts whether Chelsea can cope without Hazard.
Groves doesn’t think Chelsea can do without Hazard and pointed out that the Blues do not have a striker who can score more than 12 goals a season.
“When Frank got the job, I thought the mix was wrong with a young inexperienced team and a young inexperienced management team as well,” Groves told talkSPORT.
“I looked at Chelsea [against Leicester] and they started really well but, in the second-half when Leicester started to dominate the game, Chelsea didn’t change at all.
“Leicester are one of the teams who are looking to jump above Chelsea, and I know it’s very early and we’re talking two games into the season, but I looked at the game yesterday and I thought – Leicester will finish above Chelsea without a shadow of a doubt.
“I think Chelsea are going to finish outside the top six. The Chelsea fans keep telling me they’re going to be patient with Frank and they will give him time, but this will test them.
“I’ve even seen some Chelsea fans saying they’re going to play vibrant, attacking football and not only will they be top four this season, they’ll challenge Liverpool and Man City.
“And you think, ‘Woah chaps, calm down a little bit’. You’ve only had 30 minutes, you need to manage games better, and this was against a Leicester team that dominated you in the second-half and they should have won the game.
“Where are their goals going to come from? They’ve lost Eden Hazard, so are they going to spread their goals around? I don’t think they’ve got a player who is going to score over 12 goals.
“From your front three or four, you need 50 goals. If you look at Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal, their front three will get them 50 goals and I can see Leicester’s getting around 50 goals as well.
“I can’t see that with Chelsea. I can’t see where the goals are. Looking at yesterday’s evidence, I just think it’s going to be quite a difficult season for Chelsea.”