As the 2013/14 English Premier League season kicks off today, most pundits expect Chelsea to be on top of the table at the end of the season.
Three out of the top four teams last season have changed their managers, with David Moyes replacing the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, Roberto Mancini making room for Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City and Jose Mourhino replacing Rafa Benitez at Chelsea.
The most hyped, however, was the return of the so called ‘special one’ to Chelsea. Most pundits believe he still has the magic touch that led Chelsea to win their first ever Premiership title in 50yrs under his management. If anything, they believe he is older and more matured.
Most also believe Mourinho’s aim will be to win the Premier League in his first season back. Chelsea haven’t won the title in three years and they’ve won the Champions League and that is likely to be his main priority.
The Chelsea squad is also a lot younger this season. The addition of a centre-back, holding midfielder and striker to the squad would make Chelsea almost unstoppable, most pundits say. They are likely to sign a striker this summer with Wayne Rooney being their main target. Mourinho has also said he is their only target. Meaning, if they don’t get him they won’t get anyone.
Most football commentators don’t think they’ll get Rooney so they might end up signing another striker.
Sports writers believe Lukaku might be a likely target. They say He is exactly Mourinho’s kind of striker; in the Drogba mould. Some people are questioning whether Lukaku is ready for the step up from West Brom to Chelsea. The argument, however, is this: it’s harder to score a goal for West Brom in the Premier League than it is for Chelsea yet he scored 17 league goals for West Brom last season so, what he might be able to achieve with Chelsea can only be imagined.