But do Chelsea pack enough firepower to overcome the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich?
Antonio Conte’s revolution at Chelsea has given the Blues the second best defence in the Premiership. Also, Chelsea have outscored all other English top-flight clubs due to efforts of Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Pedro. However English teams have struggled in Champions League during recent times, with the last team reaching the final were Chelsea themselves back in 2012. After that victory at Allianz Arena English club football entered a downfall in the European front. Manchester City were the last English club to reach the Champions League semi-final stage last year.
Obviously, the Premier League top 4 faces a tough task for the upcoming season and Chelsea look one of the favourites to climb high up the Champions League ladder.
Without a doubt first of all Conte has sculpted a team in Chelsea, where every player has critical importance. The likes of Pedro, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Victor Moses and others are underrated, but crucial players for the team that has been so successful.
Nevertheless, Chelsea will need these 3 key figures in the squad to have a chance against the European heavyweights in the upcoming years.
The Belgium international is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world. Hazard has been a key player for the Blues since arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2012. His contribution to Chelsea’s 4 trophies in 5 years is hard to ignore. That’s why Real Madrid have been interested in the 26-year-old winger for a while now. But Hazard himself admitted that he does not need La Liga football in order to realise his full potential.
“I hope to win the Ballon d’Or one day. It’s in my mind. If I don’t, it won’t be a problem.”, said Hazard in an interview with Sky Sports. “I try to make a good career – the best I can – but I think some other players deserve to win it also.”
“In the last ten years, the Ballon d’Or winners play in Spain, but it’s not automatic. “If a player is better in England, he will win it.”
Despite Chelsea’s big success in the last decade, the Blues need consistency in the dugout. Chelsea have been changing managers rapidly for the past 13 years. Since the start of the Abramovich era no coach has been in charge of the Blues for more than three and a half seasons.
The Italian specialist looks to be the suitable candidate for a long-term stay at Stamford Bridge. Conte promotes academy players, has great relationship with the squad and the fans and has brought Chelsea back to winning ways. And above all, the passion and commitment this manager integrates into the club is truly special.
The Spaniard can be the icing on the cake for Chelsea. Alvaro Morata has been linked with a move away from Real Madrid ever since rejoining Los Blancos last summer. Apparently Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane prefers Karim Benzema in the frontline, while the 24-year-old Morata is desperate for playing time. Morata appeared 38 times for Real Madrid across all competitions this season and scored 20 goals.
The prolific striker would make great competition for his compatriot Diego Costa.