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Chelsea Must Do This To Hope To Defend Title - Alan Shearer

11 Août 2017

Glass half empty: The Sanchez and Ozil contract situations will overshadow the whole season and, while the club have strengthened in the transfer market, the likes of Manchester City, United and Chelsea have all spent more. They'll be dealing with injuries to key players right from the start, and that means they will likely be very slow out of the gates, and face an uphill climb this season.

I can't think of a reason why Chelsea would sell him.

"If they want to get something here, then they have to show their quality".

Crespo is also backing Wayne Rooney to be player of the season, thanks to the "romantic story" of the return to his boyhood club Everton.

Given new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko remains injured, it leaves Chelsea with just two central midfielders as the new season begins this weekend.

Chelsea stormed to the Premier League title with a record of 30 wins-3 draws-5 losses, their performances were aided by the goalscoring prowess of Deigo Costa, the sheer brilliance of Eden Hazard and the indefatigable N'Golo Kante.

After a busy summer of transfer movement and such, here is our list of winners and losers ahead of the start of the new Premier League season.

With Eden Hazard injured and Diego Costa nearly certainly leaving the club, Michy Batshuayi and Willian stepped up as the Blues' in-form players, scoring 9 goals between the two of them.

This summer Chelsea have brought in £40m midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko from Monaco.

Who could Chelsea replace Matic with? However, Neville does not seem convinced by the 22 year-old Frenchman.

Matic chose to call time on his second spell at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea emerged victorious in their chase of ex-Monaco man Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Arsenal have often finished Premier League seasons strongly and will have high hopes of doing so again with all but one of their matches against other top six sides coming before March. I'm sure he will be thinking even harder this season because of previous year. The Clarets opted for weaker opposition in pre-season, but nonetheless did well to win four of five fixtures, defeating very good Celta Vigo side in final warm-up game.

It took time, but Conte's switch to his favoured three at the back setup proved a puzzle that few opposition teams could solve, with a run of 13 straight victories from October - 10 of which were clean sheets - largely ensuring a second crown in three seasons.

"I think the [Matic] sale at this moment in time, with that Chelsea squad, could cost them the league".

Chelsea Must Do This To Hope To Defend Title - Alan Shearer