What Chelsea Need To Do To Win the Champions League

Chelsea fell a few places short of Champions League glory this past season, eliminated at the second round at home on away goals to 10-man Paris Saint-Germain.

It wasn’t a good week for English football as no Premier League side even made the final eight of the 2014-15 Champions League.

Some cynics say Chelsea didn’t try their hardest as the Premier League was Jose Mourinho’s main aim during his second season back at Stamford Bridge. Either way, the Blues need to upgrade a few areas if they’re to compete next season.

Currently, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid look well-ahead of the Premier League champions in terms of squad quality, and looking at next season’s Champion League betting tips, Chelsea and other Premier League teams are in a distinct second tier of outsiders behind the top three teams in Europe, and even behind the likes of Juventus.

Here are a few positions the Blues could upgrade to increase their chances in Europe next season:

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Room for Improvement in the Champions League

Heading into the 2015 summer transfer window, José Mourinho has work to do if Chelsea are to stand a chance to win next season’s UEFA Champions League.

The Premier League was won with three games to spare, and in truth, looked wrapped up very early into the season, even if Manchester City clawed their way back to level points at the top at the beginning of the New Year.

Manchester City ended up eight points behind the champions, and with the League Cup won on 1 March, it was all-in-all a great season for Chelsea.

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CHELSEA v Sunderland: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday, 24 May
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

Here we go then, last game of Chelsea’s 4th Premier League winning season and the perfect day to be at home.
We were lacklustre and understandably lacking motivation for our last game but it would be good to see out our title winning season on a high. Sunderland, the visitors, are safe although that doesn’t mean they’ll be coming to rollover. So, it’d be good to think Mourinho has shelved the champagne this week to finish the season in style.

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West Brom v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: The Hawthorns
Date: Monday, 18 May
Kick-off: 20:00 BST

Whilst the footballing world continues to mourn the loss of Steven Gerrard – well, Liverpool and their press buddies anyway – I expect we’ll slip tonight’s game in pretty much unnoticed. We’re only the Premier League Champions after all.
For those who do still have an interest in this season’s non-history Champions though, tonight’s game sees us travel to The Hawthorns for our penultimate game of the season against West Brom.
Chelsea go into this game unbeaten in 16 games and a goal against West Brom tonight would set a new club Premier League record for most away goals in a season. Although with West Brom keeping clean sheets in 3 of their last 4, Mourinho has no doubt focused on set pieces in training to manipulate the Baggies’ Achilles heel.
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CHELSEA v Liverpool: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday, 10 May
Kick-off: 16:00 BST

This afternoon’s game sees us host a Liverpool side scrapping to get into the top four – well, at least they will do once they’ve given us a guard of honour.

Oh, of course I should just mention in case anyone wasn’t aware – we’ve already won the Premier League, so we can take this game however we like really. Not that Jose Mourinho will want anything but a win against Liverpool but we can probably expect a less cautious approach from our players now that we’re Premier League Champions.

Liverpool are still unlikely to get into the Champions League regardless of the result today, and given their abysmal performance in Europe this season I don’t think they will be missed next year. Chelsea, on the other hand, will use this game as a test of their mental fortitude at the end of a tough season where they should have done better in Europe.

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Jose Mourinho: Doing It His Way

When Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea, there were reservations. Despite his unquestionable success as a Chelsea manager, his first spell at the club hadn’t ended well. He’d won everything but the Champions League with us, yet lost his head too often in the process. He’d also lost a fair bit of respect – not least of all from Roman Abramovich. Read more »

Chelsea: Champions 2014/15

Congratulations to all at Chelsea Football Club. Thoroughly deserved.
Well done Chelsea, well done Jose and well done Roman. The olive branch was well worth extending. He promised us the title this season and delivered it in good time.

Chelsea FC Premier League champions 2014/15.

CHELSEA v Crystal Palace: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday, 3 May
Kick-off: 13:30 BST

Where do you start with a preview like this?
This lunchtime’s game sees us at home, to Palace but it’s not just any game against Palace because a win today could give us our fourth Premier League title.
Jose Mourinho has been clear ahead of the game that any celebrations should be put firmly on ice until the fat lady has actually opened her vocal chords and insists the home crowd should provide the soprano until that time. I, for one, don’t doubt Stamford Bridge will be in fine voice – I just hope that adds motivation rather than pressure for the players.
Naturally, in the last few weeks, irrespective of our results, we’ve faced constant criticism about the way Jose has set the team out. The bottom line though, is that Jose Mourinho is a top boss who has given us what we’ve needed this season, when we’ve needed it. From spoiling us with some sublime football and attacking flair that was a privilege to see early season, to the solid, professional displays in defence when grinding out a result late on. He’s an absolute master when it comes to winning – and today, win or lose, we should be singing his praises (literally).
Not that securing the title today is a forgone conclusion though because Crystal Palace won’t just be visiting to make up the numbers. Right now, Pardew’s side have the best away form in the league. Our players will have to want a result an awful lot more than the visitors if that larger lady is to air her lungs!

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Chatting Courtois

Almost through the season, so thought I’d take a look back at one of our key player’s contribution – Thibaut Courtois – and to help me do that, I’ve had a chat with Ah Lau, better known in Singapore as Home United keeper Mohamed Hyrulnizam Bin Jumaat. So, here’s his take:

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Leicester v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: King Power Stadium
Date: Wednesday, 29 April
Kick-off: 19:45 BST

Our game in hand sees us travel to the King Power Stadium to face a bit of a resurgent Leicester side tonight and with still two wins required for us to take the title, it’s likely to be a tense affair. Their current form sees them on a winning run of four games, whilst we drew our last one against Arsenal.
We face them as the Capital One Cup winners, with six of our players in the team of the year and Eden Hazard named player of the year – so I hope they won’t be too bored.

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