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Premier League 2018-19: 3 3easons why Chelsea won't win the title this season

Pankaj Bendre
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 19:57 IST

Chelsea have enjoyed a strong start under Sarri but are they real contenders for the title this season?
Chelsea have enjoyed a strong start under Sarri but are they real contenders for the title this season?

In recent years, we have seen a strange pattern associated with Chelsea. Since the 2014-15 season, the Blues have won the title on alternate occasions. But in the year immediately after the successful one, their team has looked like a shadow of itself, with their form dropping off to a shocking level.

This year too they have begun strongly under the new leadership of Maurizio Sarri, with the Italian having the best start that a manager has ever managed at the club. They are the only team unbeaten in all the competitions in Europe, and look completely different to what they did last year.

Chelsea are second in the league, only behind the unstoppable Manchester City side. They have managed to keep pace with the leaders so far.

However, there are a few reasons which could hinder their chances of winning the league this season; a top 4 finish would still be a good finish for the London club. Here are those reasons:

1. Lack of squad depth

Any injuries to key players like Hazard could come as a blow to Chelsea
Any injuries to key players like Hazard could come as a blow to Chelsea's title chances

One of the reasons why Chelsea have enjoyed a strong start to the season is that they have almost all of their important players fit and ready to play. Their main players like Hazard, Jorginho and Willian have all started the season in top form.

But come December, when the hectic schedule of the Premier League comes into play, Chelsea might struggle with some injury problems. Playing on Thursday nights in the Europa League and then the Premier League on the weekends might too much for them.

Chelsea lack squad depth unlike their closest challengers Manchester City and Liverpool, and it looks very unlikely that Chelsea would finish above them.


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Published 22 Nov 2018, 03:38 IST
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