Chelsea’s 2013/14 season was set to be one of their most exciting yet, with the Special One Jose Mourinho returning to Stamford Bridge.
But it didn’t go to plan at all, in fact in terms of his own personal record, it was Mourinho’s worst season as a manager as for the first time he didn’t finish in the top two.
His Blues side finished third behind Liverpool and champions Manchester City in a season in which really Chelsea could and should have won.
They weren’t necessarily the best team last year but they dropped precious points against sides like Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Sunderland.
So this year, with their being a lot of change this summer at Stamford Bridge, a lot more is expected of Mourinho’s men and are many peoples tip for the title.
They will be 100 percent looking to win the title but of course like always they will face a tough challenge with Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and it looks like once again Manchester United all looking to become champions.
But out of all those sides challenging for this seasons Premier League trophy, it is Chelsea who have invested the best and it looks as if Mourinho knows exactly what he wants in his squad for this season.
Well first of all we have to notice the obvious quality that Chelsea have within their squad and the quality of the manager.
Although it is an evolving Chelsea, there is still a lot of them there who have achieved big things in football like John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Didier Drogba, Petr Cech and of course this summer Andre Schurrle.
But not only the players but they have a manager who is a natural born winner and despite failing to win a trophy last season, if there is one manager you would back to bounce back stronger than ever it would be Mourinho.
Also, they have great squad depth this season. They may have lost the likes of Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, David Luiz and Romelu Lukaku but they have brought players in and have had so many players returned from loans.
If there is one thing that still stands out, it is that even though they have acquired the signature of Diego Costa, they still lack enough quality up front.
Costa looks set to be a fantastic signing for Chelsea, and potentially one that could be the difference between them winning and losing.
But with Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres as the back-ups, it doesn’t look a healthy line up if Costa were to get injured of never settles in at Stamford Bridge.
Star Man – Eden Hazard
Chelsea have signed Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas this summer who clearly are names on the fans lips but there is still one man who shines above the rest; Eden Hazard.
Last season he thrived under Mourinho and although he didn’t show consistent form all the time he showed enough to prove to us that he can be one of the world’s best and that this season he can target the 20 goal mark.
He had a poor World Cup but Chelsea fans won’t care and will be waiting to see what their star man can do for them this season.
The Boss – Jose Mourinho
Possibly the most loved and hated manager in the game.
If you are a Chelsea fan you would die for him, any other fan you cannot stand him.
But he is a proven winner and is arguably the best manager in the world. If there is a man that can bring back the true glory days to Stamford Bridge it has to be him and especially now as he seems to have assembled his own squad.
When he joined he wasn’t a fan of a couple of players but since then he has shifted players in and out to make it his own.
One to watch – Marco van Ginkel
A player that not too many football fans will be familiar with.
He joined the Blues last year but early on in the season suffered a very bad knee injury which kept him out for the whole season.
But in pre-season he has been a regular alongside Nemanja Matic and has even formed a good partnership with him.
He isn’t afraid to go in for a tackle and looks quite the physical player, no wonder he seems to get injuries.
Chelsea, as I have said, are many people’s candidates to lift the Premier League trophy and they have their best chance in years to do it.
How I see it is if they can keep Costa fit all season and keep him in goal-scoring form, they will win the league.
But if he halts in form or does get injured, Chelsea will find themselves in the same position as they have been since Drogba left back in 2012.
They do have a much stronger midfield set up than any other team in the league but strikers are the most valuable players in the game and it’s simply down to the fact they win you games, and ultimately trophies.