Going into Crystal Palace game, Chelsea will only need to haul three points from a possible twelve to be crowned champions of Premier League and that speaks volumes about the progress the Blues have made under Jose Mourinho. It is now only a matter of time when the title finds its way to west London.
Forced to play safe in accordance with Financial Fair Play regulations, the prudent Portuguese submitted a profit when his transfer activity is taken into consideration, even though he had managed to land a European winner and a World Cup winner amongst others. Despite registering a net spend that is at odds with that of Arsenal, Liverpool and the Manchester clubs, he has helped the Stamford Bridge outfit enjoy a ten-point cushion over the second placed team for a long time now. The self-proclaimed Special One has, thus, won the appreciation of supporters and pundits, not to mention Roman Abramovich, who must now be tickled pink with the way his club is being run.
The new television deal would further accentuate the financial muscle of the London outfit as it has been calculated by Mathematics masterminds that Chelsea will receive close to A?100million, which could be used to fill the pockets of footballers on a weekly basis. The Capital One Cup winners would, thus, match the wage structure of Manchester United while Chelsea supporters will expect their manager to not fit the wage bill with Robin van Persies and Radamel Falcaos.
Chelsea will also bag amounts close to A?30 million for clinching the Premier League from the Football Association, not to mention bonuses from sponsors. Jose Mourinho will, thus, be equipped financially and one can only imagine what the tactically cute pragmatist could do with such amounts. Besides the addition of new faces, Chelsea already have a squad of world-beaters , which is evident from the fact that Premier League TOTY features six Chelsea representatives in it.
Even though Chelsea have an aging squad, let alone midfielders, they ostensibly are not in contention to follow in the footsteps of reigning Champions (hope Ia m the last person to write this) into crisis for John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and the likes better themselves with age much like wine, if not, Andrea Pirlo. With Kurt Zouma already giving the veterans a run for their money, the four time title holders look set to maintain their impeccable defensive record for yet another season.
Oscar dos Santos, Juan Cuadrado, Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic, Ramires and the best Premier League player of this season Eden Hazard comprise their midfield and not many football fanatics need any elucidations about the quality of these men in blue. I rest my case.
Didier Drogba will likely be on his way out of Stamford Bridge for the second time and legend has it that his absence would not be felt much, at least in terms of performance. Loic Remy could be touted to play second string to Diego Costa, who sought no time to adapt to Premier League. In addition, Jose Mourinho is set to welcome Patrick Bamford back to west London, having impressed on loan in Championship. Given the current injury crisis, Chelsea may want to sign a striker only to let him showcase his prowess if and only if their Spanish marksman gets sidelined with suspensions, if not, injuries.
Manchester City have major roster rebuilding this summer while their city-nemesis Manchester United need an entire squad reshuffling (minus Wayne Rooney, of course) to bid for the title next season. Arsenal may be forced to kick start their Premier League campaign without their key players in David Ospina, Gabriel Paulista and most importantly, Alexis Sanchez in the event of their nations progressing to later stages of Copa America. All these paves way for Chelsea to impose themselves as the force to reckon with next season, as Jamie Carragher puts forth.