English Premiership

Why Chelsea will win the EPL title

2014-08-14 14:21
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Cape Town - Chelsea will go all the way and claim their fifth English league title in the 2014/15 season.

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Jose Mourinho’s first season back in charge will go down as somewhat of a disappointment after the Portuguese failed in his quest for silverware last season.

A Champions League semi-final spot and third place in the English Premiership will be welcomed at most clubs but not where trophy hunting boss Roman Abramovich is at the helm.

Mourinho on numerous occasions in the last campaign stated his team was not yet ready for top honours, despite leading the league for some parts and getting the better of their main title rivals in head-to-head duels.

However, it was away clashes against lower-ranked teams which cost the Blues dearly.

Mourinho promised they would be better in 2014/15 and in my book the “Special One” has made the right moves in the off season to suggest he’ll deliver on his promise.

Major signings like Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Diego Costa and Filipe Luis (both Atletico Madrid) will make Chelsea a very tough team to beat.

Drogba returns to Stamford Bridge as a legend for scoring arguably the most important goal in the club’s history - to win the 2012 Champions League final, while Fabregas’ credentials need no introduction to English football fans.

Costa, whose 27 goals helped Atletico win La Liga last season, will provide some much needed spark up front, while left-back Filipe Luis will help fill the void left by Ashley Cole.

Mourinho also did well to bring goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois back from the Spanish champions - where he was on loan last season. He also impressed this writer with some stellar performances for Belgium at the past World Cup in Brazil. The 22-year-old will be a welcome addition as the ageing Petr Cech cannot be expected to play every game.

Last, but not least, letting Brazil defender David Luiz go was surely a masterstroke by Mourinho, who has no plans to concede 7 goals in any game, let alone a big semi-final…

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