Brazilian Ederson is believed to be the answer to their goalkeeping troubles and Portugal's Bernardo Silva is a classy addition to the midfield. Clyne is set to miss the start of the season through injury, so Alexander-Arnold has another chance to make a mark. "I see that being successful against West Ham, over a 38-game season though, I'm not so sure".
"Six players were out of contract". Manchester City finished third last season in the Barclays Premier League with 78 points on the table and 23 wins out of 38 matches. "We didn't have full-backs and you have to buy full-backs", the Spaniard added.
Heat maps of Real Madrid's Marcelo, Casemiro (left) versus Manchester United's Lingard and Valencia (right). In a recent interview, he claimed that this transfer wasn't his choice. Following that banner year, the Premier League was represented in three of the next four UCL finals, but the well has run dry since Chelsea's unlikely run to the 2012 crown. But I am with my new team, my new chapter and I want to do as best as I can. We were not able with those players to find a solution.
The squad is surprisingly small, given the number of players Chelsea have loaned out to other clubs, and the departure of Matic leaves manager Antonio Conte hoping France's Tiemoue Bakayoko can quickly adapt after his arrival from Monaco. The group of players this season are going to stay here for a long time. Had one of those gone in, we may be talking about a different result here; fine margins.
"The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed".
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"If he's playing tomorrow, well, no I wouldn't think of that possibility of signing on (Bale)". We always had that.
Arsenal looked very strong at times and without Champions League football, could finally win a Premier League title for the first time in more than a decade.
Both Guardiola and Mourinho could argue that their first seasons were transitional campaigns. Since then, we've had Chelsea, Man Utd again, Manchester City, Man Utd once more, Manchester City, Chelsea, Leicester City and then Chelsea. One to keep an eye on in the Championship will be in Derbyshire, with Derby County hosting Wolverhampton Wanderers, two clubs with big promotion ambitions. If the remaining 25 per cent doesn't arrive, I will not moan.
Chelsea's biggest challenge will be to continue the good work that Diego Costa had provided over the past few years.