CHELSEA: Transfers, predictions, best XI and fixtures
Published 14/08/2014 | 10:38
Last season may have been excruciating at times for the newly rebranded ‘Happy One’, with the squad he inherited lacking in key areas.
Never more was the weakness evident than up front as Chelsea struggled to win tight games due to their absence of a goalscorer. This summer, however, Mourinho has undertaken extensive surgery to his squad to create a lean, Blue Machine at Stamford Bridge.
The future of Petr Cech appears in doubt but when you have a goalkeeper as highly regarded as Thibaut Courtois – and 10 years younger – it would be foolish not to use him.
Despite the wave of optimism sweeping around Chelsea, there is undoubtedly pressure on Mourinho. After being given so much backing this summer, which included the sale of Romelu Lukaku, he must deliver the club’s first title since 2010.
Manager: Jose Mourinho.
Best starting XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Luis; Ramires, Matic; Hazard, Fabregas, Oscar; Costa.
Prediction: Chelsea are destined for the top two this season but only first will do for Mourinho.
Out: David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain, £50m), Romelu Lukaku (Everton, £28m), Demba Ba (Besiktas, £4.7m), Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland, Undisclosed), Ashley Cole (Roma), Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday), Frank Lampard (New York City), Tomas Kalas (Cologne, Loan), Wallace (Vitesse Arnhem, Loan), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Mönchengladbach, Loan), Bertrand Traore (Vitesse, Loan), Cristián Cuevas (Club Universidad de Chile, Loan), Mario Pasalic (Elche, Loan), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton, Loan), Gael Kakuta (Rayo Vallecano, Loan), John Swift (Rotherham United, Loan), Oriol Romeu (Chelsea, Loan).
Released: Samuel Eto'o, Henrique Hilario, Milan Lalkovic, Adam Nditi, Daniel Pappoe, Jhon Pírez.