Expected position of the Guardian book Fourth (note: this is not necessarily Jacob Steinberg’s prediction but the average of our writers’ advice)
Last season’s position Third
League winning odds (via Oddschecker) 16-1
It’s been a windy summer at Stamford Bridge. Roman Abramovich is gone as is Russia’s closest allyChelsea’s new owners have had little time to keep up with the intricacies of English football since completing their £4.25 billion takeover of the club.
However, the situation is far from catastrophic. Chelsea is not gone. The hiring overseen by Todd Boehle, the club’s new co-owner and interim sporting director, has been encouraging and there has been no sign of Chelsea restricting their spending. Raheem Sterling, who should make Thomas Tuchel’s attack more intense, It is a solid buy Kalidou Koulibaly is an important signing in defense after the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
In this context, the picture doesn’t look too bad. Tuchel still has a talented team and The return of Ben Chilwell of long-term injury is a big boost. The left side of Sterling and Chilwell? Doesn’t look very tasty.
However, it is questionable whether the team is strong enough to bridge the gap between Liverpool and City. Tuchel has problems in midfield – N’Golo Kante cannot keep fit and Jorginho lacks mobility – and Chelsea He could be less than trusted scorers. Kai Havertz, who is expected to continue as the False Nine, must become trusted. There can never be too much of a scoring burden on Mason Mount and Sterling. If there was then, qualifying for the Champions League and running in the cups might suffice.