New dawn for Chelsea as season’s opener cometh

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By Asuzu Emmanuel

The 2019/ 2020 season is Chelsea’s 106th competitive season, 31st consecutive season in the top flight of English football, 28th consecutive season in the Premier League.

Chelsea ended the 2018/19 season with silverware, but it is the return of a fans’ favourite, Frank Lampard – not that Europa League success – that has breathed new life into Stamford Bridge.

New start plus Transfer ban would make fans cautious

With the departure of Maurizio Sarri and their best player last season, Eden Hazard; Sarri moving to Juventus and Hazard away to the Southern part of Europe, Madrid.
Not even a transfer ban – which Chelsea have taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport – and the inevitable sale of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid has seemed to diminish hopes for an encouraging season.

The inability to make signings, and Lampard’s man-management qualities, should bring about a greater sense of unity in what became a tense dressing-room. Ross Barkley has shown signs he is ready to fulfill his potential, and the stage is all his for the start of the season with new arrivals from season long loan like Mason Mount, Reece James, Tammy Abraham and with an experience Olivier Giroud at the pack.

There is no guarantee that Lampard is going to succeed at this level, not in his first season as a top flight league manager and the absence of their best player last season Eden Hazard. The transfer limbo also means Lampard may offer second chances to outcasts such as Christensen and members of Chelsea’s returning loan army, with Kurt Zouma hoping to challenge in central defence after a year at Everton and the departure of David Luiz on deadline to Arsenal, Kenedy an option on the wing after a year at Newcastle and the midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko keen to prove himself after spending last season at Milan.

But questions linger

Yet questions linger. Is Ross Barkley capable of a consistent run of form? Was it a mistake to sign Mateo Kovacic, an underwhelming presence on loan from Madrid, on a permanent basis? Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek be the same after injury? Do Giroud, Batshuayi and Abraham convince up front? And will there be enough spark without Hazard? Lampard will need time to come up with the right answers, of course.
On the look of it there is much to like about Lampard’s return to the club he knows inside out, where he is respected by the club’s notoriously hard-to-please board and revered by supporters who will feel waves of excitement wash over them when they see their manager in the away dugout at Old Trafford on 11th August.

It is an appointment that makes sense on a number of levels, not least because installing Chelsea’s record goalscorer should have a restorative effect on the mood after a year dominated by less than complimentary chants about the quality of Sarriball.

What Lampard brings

Lampard will bring unity, that’s of course a great advantage as compared to Sarri who had issues with players and the board. Yet for all the romance of Lampard’s homecoming, there are awkward realities to confront. The lack of creativity at the dept of Midfield.

In Sarri’s place arrives a 41-year-old who has been managing for a year, finished sixth in the Championship with Derby County and lost the play-off final to a more experienced English manager, Aston Villa’s Dean Smith.

Well, it will be down to the players to perform to their best.

Still, imagine the excitement if it is Lampard leading a title race. For all the current uncertainty it would be glorious.

Chelsea will slug it out with Man Utd at Old Trafford on Sunday, 11th August, 2019 by 16:30 GMT+1.


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  1. Every sport has a unique goal that will make the game a fun way to entertain the crowd. The Chelsea’s 106th season is a time for our lives because we will witness the best players in the world. These players are really competitive and they have that distinct look and character that will let them leave that mark in the field. I am sure that people will have a good time watching this game.

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