Chelsea's Positive Premier League Start Shows Jose Mourinho's Squad Is Complete

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Chelsea's Positive Premier League Start Shows Jose Mourinho's Squad Is Complete
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The summer transfer window has the best part of two weeks before it closes, but of all the managers still looking for talent to add to their squads, Jose Mourinho is one who need look no more.

He has everything he needs at Chelsea already.

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Indeed, Chelsea's squad has long been complete thanks to some shrewd business dealings from the manager and the club's chief executive Ron Gourlay this summer.

Before the World Cup had even kicked off Chelsea had signed Cesc Fabregas and soon after he was joined by Diego Costa—two players who have strengthened the team in areas they were weak last term.

Costa's former Atletico Madrid teammate Filipe Luis didn't take much longer to join him at Stamford Bridge.

It has meant all three have enjoyed a full pre-season in west London—a period vital for managers when blending their squad together, especially on the back of a World Cup.

It's very unlike what we have come to expect from Chelsea in the more recent past.

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For the decade and more since Roman Abramovich took charge, Chelsea have been among the clubs leading the way in the transfer market, adding a bit of excitement as deadline day approaches.

They've always been linked with the biggest names, the biggest salaries and the biggest transfer fees.

In a bid to keep up appearances, some media outlets continue to link them with moves for Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho (The Guardian) and Roma's Moroccan defender Mehdi Benatia (The Mirror).

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Ahead of the Premier League's big kick-off at the weekend, there may have been an element of truth in Mourinho seeking the odd reinforcement as he considered every minute detail.

Surely not now.

Mourinho saw his Chelsea team ruthlessly crush Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor on Monday evening—something they did when arguably not at their peak.

Oscar, Andre Schurrle and Eden Hazard all started in attacking midfield for the Blues, with Willian on the bench, while Ramires was suspended.

All five have been back from World Cup duty for three weeks or less and continue to work on their fitness. They are at least a fortnight behind their teammates when it comes to conditioning, so we shouldn't be expecting them to be on top form just yet.

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Only, against Burnley, they were—their performances sending out a message to their rivals about just how difficult Chelsea will be to topple this term.

It was proof for how good they are going to be.

They were exciting, playing at a high intensity amid the partisan crowd of Burnley, whose thousands of fans relished a major upset in their first game back in the Premier League

Chelsea's strength in depth is rivaled by only Manchester City and even then, when comparing first-choice line-ups with the champions, Mourinho can be confident his team remains the strongest.

From the goalkeeper through to the strikers, Chelsea have reinforced significantly since their third-place finish in 2013/14.

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Mourinho has everything he needs—a team with flair, a team capable of mixing it should they come up against physical tactics and also a squad of players not overly concerned about playing more directly should the moment call.

And with a talented batch of youngsters emerging, Mourinho even has enough quality lower down the ranks to cover even the worst injury crisis.

New additions before the transfer window closes would be Mourinho self-indulging a bit too much. It would be greedy.

Chelsea are ready now, regardless.

Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @garryhayes

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