I'm calling it right now. Chelsea are this year's English Premier League Champions!
Bold? Probably. But is it correct? Maybe. There are some big reasons they will be the champs. Here are a few...
Chelsea's Secret Weapon, Petr Cech
Well, he isn't exactly a secret weapon because I'm sure everyone is aware of how good the man truly is, but I think this season he will be the key to Chelsea's success.
Petr Cech is arguably the best goalkeeper in football today. He is the man that helped Chelsea secure the penalty shootout victory in the FA Community Shield match against Manchester United.
He has been Chelsea's backbone for quite some time. This season is his big opportunity to shine.
With Manchester United losing key players like Cristiano Ronaldo, their All-Star goalie Edwin Van Der Sar (through injury), and some others, it gives teams like Chelsea and Liverpool a chance to overtake them this season.
Then the question becomes: Will it be Chelsea or Liverpool? Short answer: Chelsea. Why? Petr Cech.
Simple as that. It will be Cech who helps Chelsea get that title. How? By keeping up the stellar goal-tending. This man will keep them at the No. 1 spot by stopping all the great strikers, midfielders, and defenders in the Premier League. Now, obviously he won't save every shot, but he will save a good percent of them.
Great Offensive Skills
When you have strikers like Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba upfront you are bound to score goals. Anelka and Drogba are both phenomenal strikers. These two men capitalize when needed. They are two of the best strikers in the league and throughout the world. However, they'll need to be at their best if Chelsea want to win the title.
Chelsea also have great midfielders that can put the ball in the back of the net, like Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack These guys are phenomenal and they get the job done. Especially Frank, who is a guy you can always expect to score.
They also have defenders who can score. Take Ricardo Carvalho, who stepped up and put it in the back of the net just last game.
Chelsea's players are all phenomenal at the positions they play. Chelsea will need them to be at their best, though, as I have mentioned before. They will need the defenders defending, the midfielders mid-fielding (laughs), the strikers striking, and the goalkeeper goalkeeping.
Basically Chelsea are an extremely talented squad who can, and should, take the title this year.
Projected Top 5
3. Manchester United