Chelsea FC: 6 Reasons Their Early Dominance Is Not Sustainable

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 27, 2012

Chelsea FC: 6 Reasons Their Early Dominance Is Not Sustainable

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    Chelsea have had a dream season to the EPL season so far.

    The Blues sit on top of the EPL table with 13 points from five matches and are one of four unbeaten sides left in the English top flight.

    New manager Roberto di Matteo is enjoying a dream start to his first full season after winning the FA Cup and Champions League as interim manager last season.

    The only road blocks so far in the season have a draw at home with Juventus in the Champions League and a draw at QPR in the Premier League.

    The club will be optimistic that they will continue their form all season, but just like every season, there will be plenty of speed bumps to stop the Blues from reaching their goal of winning the EPL.

Schedule Becomes Rougher

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    Chelsea's first five matches in the Premier League were against some of the weaker clubs in the EPL, including Wigan, QPR and Reading.

    Starting with Saturday's London derby with Arsenal, the Blues' next eight matches will be against tough opposition, with Norwich City being the one exception.

    Chelsea will play London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham on the road, while they will host both Manchester clubs at Stamford Bridge in the next two months.

    Also on the upcoming fixture list are upstarts West Brom and Swansea, whom the Blues will both play on the road.

Pressure from Roman Abramovich Will Grow After First Few Losses

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    One thing that is inevitable during a Chelsea season is that at some point, rumors will spread that Roman Abramovich has put added pressure on the manager.

    Since his takeover in 2003, Abramovich has had little to no patience with his managers.

    Jose Mourinho was the longest tenured manager at the club, and he only lasted just over three years.

    With the pressure from the Russian owner on, especially after the disappointment of Andre Villas-Boas, di Matteo will have to deliver results during the whole season if he wants to stay as the club's manager for the whole season.

Fernando Torres

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    Fernando Torres has been of the most disappointing transfers of all-time since his move from Liverpool in January 2011.

    Torres has scored nine EPL goals in 51 matches for Chelsea and seems to always miss goal opportunities at the most inopportune times.

    The Spaniard does have less pressure on him this season because of the new additions to the club that include Eden Hazard, Oscar and Victor Moses, who are all goalscoring threats.

Possible Inexperience from Young Players in Title Fight

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    We all know that the old guard at Chelsea are capable of winning titles.

    But, the old guard at Stamford Bridge is becoming smaller in numbers, with Petr Cech, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ashley Cole remaining at Stamford Bridge.

    The influx of youth in to the club has proven so far to be a successful transition under di Matteo, but towards the end of the season, when the pressure is building, there will plenty of questions asked about the younger players in the squad.

    With the ever-reliable Didier Drogba now in China, Chelsea will also count on the younger players to fill Drogba's void in scoring clutch goals down the stretch as well.

    One player who may fill that void is Eden Hazard, who won the 2010-11 Ligue 1 title with Lille.

Chance to Repeat as European Champions

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    Roberto di Matteo guided Chelsea to the prize that had long escaped the club last season by winning the Champions League.

    This season in the Champions League, Chelsea should advance out of Group E, which features Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus and Nordsjaelland.

    The Blues will be looking to become the second club in three seasons to win a domestic and continental double.

    That task will be a steep one, as the competition in both leagues has gotten better over the past decade.

John Terry's Suspension

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    John Terry's suspension for racism could not have come at a worse time for the Blues.

    During the four matches that Terry will be suspended for, the London club play three against clubs competing for spots in the Champions League.

    Starting with Saturday's Arsenal match, Chelsea enter a stretch of matches that include Tottenham and Manchester United during Terry's absence.

    The good news for Chelsea is that they have plenty of cover at the center back position with David Luiz, Gary Cahill and they can even move Branislav Ivanovic over if they need too.