Can Chelsea triumph this season?
Can Chelsea triumph this season? Five things to know about Chelsea going into the 2013-14 English Premier League season. After his acrimonious departure from Stamford Bridge early in the 2007-08 season, Jose Mourinho has returned to Chelsea after spells in Italy and Spain coaching Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ashley Cole are the only remaining outfield players who played for Mourinho during his first stint at the club. All three are now in the twilight of their careers and the returning coach is likely to keep an eye out for potential replacements at the core of the team.
Young players such as Nathan Ake and Nathaniel Chalobah have been earmarked as potential first-team players but are likely a couple years away from making an impact. Mourinho will need to decide whether to afford them playing time in his first team or send them out on loan to gain experience.
Mourinho has bought in Andre Schuerrle from Bayer Leverkusen and Marco van Ginkel from Vitesse Arnhem to reinforce his attacking options. The 22-year-old Schuerrle can play as a wide attacker or as a central striker and has already played 24 times for Germany.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Star