After Chelsea FC’s victory against newly promoted side Burnley, long-time captain John Terry told the media that winning the Premier League is the Blues’ target this season. The Blues have not won the Premier League since the 2009-10 season and are looking to add a fourth first division title to the trophy cabinet.
The fact that Chelsea, one of the more dominant teams in England, have not won the title in so long proves how difficult it is to win the Premier League. A team needs a perfect combination of luck with injuries, luck with refereeing decisions, and of course dominant play over the course of a marathon season.
In recent years the club has been built for cups both domestic and European with their smash and grab style befitting a team with no consistency at manager. These interim managers or otherwise look for the easiest path to success and winning six or seven games to win a cup is much easier than being consistent over 38 games. Deficiencies can be masked and adversity more easily overcome in a single elimination setup than in the Premier League.
This year however, according to John Terry, things will be different. Chelsea has the striker they have been aching for and in an ironic twist, the striker that left them with an Ivorian sized hole to fill at the top. Terry said of Costa and other signings: “We’ve made some very big signings. Diego has come in and he was great tonight. He got on the scoresheet which is a great start for him.”
John Terry then went on to discuss what Chelsea’s goal is and how difficult it will be by saying: “We’re hoping to win the league. That’s our target this year. This league is going to be really tough and we’ve seen some quality at the weekend from many teams, but importantly we picked up three points tonight and we’ll move on to the next.”
It will be difficult indeed for the Blues to come out on top and regain their rightful place as champions. Manchester City look like a complete team and contenders Liverpool and Arsenal have retooled their squads to make a push. In the end, as it always is, it will be a battle of attrition. Who will stay fit? Who will stay away from needless suspensions and red cards? And of course, who will be consistent enough to win the title? For John Terry and his boys in Blue, the answer will always be Chelsea Football Club.
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