Premier League 2016/17 Preview – Chelsea

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Antonio Conte was widely praised for his overachievement with a weak Italian side at Euro 2016. Image: Sky Sports

After last season’s horror show, Chelsea will be looking to strike back. They have recruited arguably the best manager at EURO 2016 in the form of Antonio Conte, and have seen Premier League champion N’Golo Kante and Marseille top scorer Michy Batshuayi join the club. Conte’s arrival will return Chelsea to a team that is hard to beat, whilst, if pre-season is anything to go by, they are looking devastating in attack, scoring 13 goals in their six games. The Blues’ lack of European football could be an advantage in the title race, especially given their aging defence. Kurt Zouma will be looking to establish himself as John Terry’s long term replacement at centre back after injury hampered him last year. Scoring goals was not a problem for Chelsea last year, and Batshuayi’s arrival as well as the very public courting of former striker Romelu Lukaku suggests that the Blues will ruthless in attack. Chelsea face a relatively easy Christmas fixture list, so could really stake their claim for the title heading in to the New Year.

Key Man: Eden Hazard. The Belgian was an invisible man for much of last season, creating just four goals all season. Having reached double figures for goals and assists in the two seasons before last, the attacking midfielder is one of the best in the world on his day, and will be crucial if Chelsea are going to bounce back in to title contention.

One to Watch: Nathaniel Chalobah. After struggling to break in to the Napoli side last season, it seems that Chalobah will be staying at Stamford Bridge this season. Although there is fierce competition for places in defensive midfield this season, his work rate and versatility could see him breakthrough in the style that Ruben Loftus-Cheek did last year.

Last Season: 10th 

Prediction: 1st  

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