Chelsea FC: Why They Will Be Manchester City's Biggest Challengers Next Season

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Chelsea FC: Why They Will Be Manchester City's Biggest Challengers Next Season
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The 2012/13 season promises to yet again be one of the best Premier League seasons ever.

Three teams look like they could challenge for the league title, with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United looking like they could take some beating.

Manchester City will start as favourites to regain their trophy and rightly so, they have a very strong squad and with one or two additions will be an even greater force come the start of the season.

Manchester United are such an experienced side that they will be there or there abouts, they only missed out on lifting the trophy last season on the final day, and Sir Alex Ferguson will no doubt have a his side chomping at the bit to beat their neighbours this campaign.

City’s biggest threat this season though may not lie across the city, but come from London instead.

Chelsea, who ended last season by winning the Champions League, look as though they could be back to their best with some great signings so far this summer.

They have obviously lost their talisman in Didier Drogba, but they do have a rejuvenated Fernando Torres to take his place in the side.

Add to the equation the supremely talented Eden Hazard, who has signed from Lille, who has the potential to be a world class player and Chelsea have a new look forward line.

Also they have brought in Marko Marin from Werder Bremen and look set to complete the signing of the very highly rated Oscar from Internacional in Brazil, according to multiple sources.

It seems that boss Roberto Di Matteo wants to play a brand of attacking football this season, and these three signings shows an attacking intent from the Italian.

His side were maligned for their "anti–football" approach in last season’s Champions League, so this seems a positive step forward on his part.

The defence looks strong too, with Ashley Cole, John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic set to be joined by Marseille defender Cesar Azpilicueta according to the Daily Mail. David Luiz and Gary Cahill make up a very good back line for the Blues.

In midfield they have Ramieres, who had a superb campaign last time out, alongside any of the new signings and the mercurial Juan Mata.

The club have also been linked continuously with Porto forward Hulk, and if he joins then this side could really take some stopping.

There are a lot of new faces at Stamford Bridge for the coming season, but if this team can gel and Fernando Torres can start finding the net again, then they will not be far off the Premier League crown come next May.

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