4 Reasons Why Chelsea Will Win the 2014/15 Premier League Title
Last season's Premier League title race was one of the most exciting in history, with first place changing hands 25 times, at least four teams fighting for the trophy with only weeks left and the title being decided on the very last day.
This year's title race could be even more exciting, with the same four teams—Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal—as well as Manchester United, each having a realistic chance to lift the trophy next year.
All of these clubs have been active in the transfer window, and it will be a tough contest for the Premier League title, but Chelsea are the ones who will end the season at the top of the table. What follows are just four of the reasons why.
Chelsea Won the Transfer Window
Sure, Alexis Sanchez is a big signing for Arsenal, Manchester City have managed to temporarily acquire a Chelsea legend and Liverpool have spent a good deal of their Luis Suarez cash at Southampton, but no club has been wheeling and dealing quite as well as Chelsea this transfer period.
Top striker Diego Costa and Blues legend Didier Drogba—fitness permitting—will strengthen the strike force, Cesc Fabregas will provide experience in midfield and Filipe Luis and Kurt Zouma will bolster the defence. The return of Thibaut Courtois also means that Chelsea now have twice as many world-class goalkeepers as they did last year.
And it is not just the new signings that have made Chelsea's transfer activity exemplary. They offloaded a number of players for good fees this window, most noticeably David Luiz for £50 million, according to Sky Sports. As a result, Chelsea are looking very healthy financially and were able to go all out to get the players that they needed to make the squad better than it was last year.
Jose Mourinho was forced to do what he could with the team provided last year, but this now feels like a Mourinho squad—and certainly one that can win the League.
A Much Better Attack
And while we are on the subject of transfers, it is important to note that Chelsea's biggest weakness last season might just be their biggest strength this time around.
Fernando Torres, Costa and Drogba is a much better trio than Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o. It just is.
Chelsea's defence was rock solid for all of last season, but when it came to tough matches against relegation-battling teams, the Blues attack had a tough time finding the net.
To be able to start a striker like Costa and bring on someone like Drogba or Torres—who was always better as a super-sub anyway—will be a huge advantage to Chelsea's title challenge.
It Is a More Experienced Squad
One of the things that Chelsea lacked last season was experience. A few too many losses against lesser opposition ultimately cost them the title.
This squad comes back with another year's worth of Premier League experience under its belt, and it will be all the better for it. Not only this, but a number of experienced players have been added to the fold.
Drogba may have suffered an injury in pre-season for Chelsea—the extent of which is as of yet unknown—but he is still a leader, and his return is still a boost for the club.
Fabregas is also an experienced player who knows the Premier League well, and Costa, Luis and Courtois are all arriving fresh off of a league victory of their own.
In a battle that takes place over 38 games, experience is everything. Luckily, Chelsea have it in bucket loads.
The Special One and His Tactics
Yes, Jose Mourinho was at Stamford Bridge last year as well, but this year he has a much better chance of leading his team to a Premier League title.
Mourinho was unable to do much shuffling before the season started last year, and what he dealt with was a group of players that was largely inherited from previous managers. After some shuffling around, this is finally looking like a Mourinho team, and history shows us that those will usually go on to win things.
Even Mourinho himself was quick to play down Chelsea's title chances last season. And he was right to do so—it was clearly not a team ready to win the League. But much of last season provided preparation for this year, and we are already seeing a completely different attitude from Mourinho.
If anyone is capable of backing up big talk with silverware, it is Mourinho. And with this squad, there is an excellent chance he will do just that.