Insiderbet.tips latest review on Chelsea in Premier League
Maurizio Sarri-led Chelsea has surprised many in the opening weeks of the season. Before the start of the season, only Manchester City and Liverpool were backed as serious title contenders by most of the pundits.
However, the Blues have not only managed to keep pace with the those two, but they have done it in style.
The West London side remains undefeated under Sarri in all competitions this season. They have defeated Liverpool in League Cup, and they picked up a 1-1 league draw at Stamford Bridge against the Reds.
By doing so, they became the first Premier League side to take off points from Liverpool in the league this season.
Chelsea has already made an impression, but can they sustain their performances for the rest of the season? They have been hugely reliant on Eden Hazard this season, and this is arguably their weakest link.
The Belgian definitely has the talent to lead the Blues to the league title, and it could very well come down to the Belgian. It’s not like he hasn’t done it before.
He seemed to have found a new lease of life under Sarri, and he has already scored seven goals. If Hazard managed to stay fit for most of the season, then we believe that he can lead the Blues to yet another league title.
However, Sarri would need to be smart with his team-selection and protect his key players from unnecessary excursions throughout the season.
One aspect that could hugely benefit Chelsea in their title challenge is the lack of Champions League football this season.
For both Manchester City and Liverpool, Champions League football is a priority, and they are expected to go long ways in the tournament. Meanwhile, Sarri can afford to rest his main stars during Europa League assignments on Thursdays.
Chelsea won the 2016-17 league title under very similar circumstances under Antonio Conte. That season, Conte was able to field a more-or-less similar starting eleven throughout the season due to lack of Champions League football.
Hazard was one of the main architects of Chelsea’s league success in 16-17 with 16 league goals. If the early indicators this season are to be believed, Hazard could enjoy an even better season in 18-19, and this is certainly good news for Chelsea’s title hopes.
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