The arrival of Jose Mourinho, whose two Premier League titles amongst many others make him one of the best managers the world, instantly made Chelsea as the favourites to win the league title this season. After 10 matches the campaign, the team are second in the table albeit five points behind leaders Arsenal. In his first spell at the club, Mourinho made Chelsea into a winning machine that did not care about the style of play.
Even though it brought a lot of success, it ultimately led to the departure of Mourinho since owner Roman Abramovich craved for attacking football. The second spell at the club promises to be significantly different due to the style of players available at Mourinho's call. This along with the young nature of the squad makes this season a work in progress says midfielder Frank Lampard. According to the Daily Mail, he said to The Sun,
"Of course people need to realise it’s a different scenario. If you can’t see that then you can’t really see straight.
"In the last two years we have finished fifth and third in the league which is not what we are used to… so everyone understands it is different now and think ‘let’s see what we can get.’
"It is completely different from when Jose was here before. We had a very strong group that was ready to win a league. It was the perfect storm that came together for us."
Chelsea have had just one away victory in the league this season, which Mourinho himself admitted as a cause of concern. They lost their second match of the season at Newcastle on Saturday. Having defeated Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, it will be home comfort for Chelsea before the next international break, as they welcome West Brom to Stamford Bridge.
Players like Oscar, who are central to Chelsea's play, have little Premier League experience, while they have also been playing top level football only recently. Lampard says that the presence of such players in the team makes them a work in progress rather than a team that is capable of challenging for the title straightaway.
The 35-year-old has also acknowledged that winning the title this season will be incredibly tough due to the competition, who have spent vast sums of money in the summer. Liverpool and Tottenham have emerged as clubs with real title credentials.
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