Chelsea Will Struggle To Finish In Top Two This Season

Anthony DimondContributor IOctober 4, 2010

MOSCOW - MAY 21:  John Terry of Chelsea looks on after the UEFA Champions League Final match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Luzhniki Stadium on May 21, 2008 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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At best Chelsea will finish second in the 10/11 E.P.L. A lot of people will disagree with me and my reasons on this but I am sure the evidence will be there at the end of the season. This does not mean I am saying Chelsea are going to be fighting a top-four place and they will be thereabout in the title race but it would eventually go to Man Utd. But anyway, getting to the point(s).

First 11 only—In a summer that all the teams around them have all strengthen, in my opinion Chelsea are weaker than last season. In 09/10 the Chelsea bench would scare anyone in the world coming into the game but now looking at things its more a starting 11 only. Because Kakuta is no J.Cole yet, McEachran is no Deco yet, Ramires is no Ballack yet, Bruma is no Carvalho yet. Some might say they were dead wood but these players had statue. Zhirkov does not look settle in system yet and does not have a specific position or role yet. And starting line-up now always predictable.

Easy start—Chelsea could not have an easier start even if they had a hand picked the games for first five. Because a West Brom in August will be different than a West Brom in February/March when relegation battle is clear and have to fight for their life. Going to Wigan after a 4-0 defeat to Blackpool is a gift. And playing Stoke team at the Bridge that can't even score two goals away from home. And playing West Ham that was seriously low on confidence. And Blackpool enough said. But now this has negatives you lose players to Injury or suspension will miss tough games in row like Lampard miss Man City, Marseille, and Arsenal in just one week

Man City and Arsenal—The first two tests of the Chelsea. They lost to Man City but that is not the major concern but the big problem was they didn't not create any chances and were not threatening at all. They got a home win against Arsenal, but even as an Arsenal fan I always felt Chelsea were going to win that game before it started. Chelsea were dominated by an Arsenal team missing the spine of the team (best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward) and their leaders. Arsenal did not have their biggest goal threats and finishers (Van Persie, Fabregas, Walcott, Bendter, and Vermaelen) most who have previously scored against Chelsea hence missed chances in the game.

Champions League—This season the words that have been used the most by the Chelsea players are probably "Champions League." One major reason it's because the owner who pays them wants that trophy. After all Roman decided to be involved in football after being entertained by Man Utd-Real Madrid game in the C.L. But one problem you can't prioritise the C.L (a knockout competition). To win it you need to be good and have some luck, evident in recent seasons. If they give too much to win the C.L. and win it, what effect will that have on the league performances? Don't know, Man Utd games they lost most were after C.L. games. If they get knocked out of the C.L. what will be the negative effect? Because last season affected league performances after they got knocked out.

Man U dominance and Sir Alex—Sir Alex doesn't want to retire before he achieves his sole goal to eclipse Liverpool to that 19th title. And if history is anything to go by after a season that Man Utd finish second the next season the usually go on and win the title, that doesn't spell good news for Chelsea. Man Utd finished one point off Chelsea but last season with a Berbatov wasn't firing, a Nani who only came out play in the second half of last season and without deadly Hernandez.

Confidence—Chelsea right now are flowing with great deal of confidence right now, which is great. But also the downside is that there is a thin line between being confident and being arrogant. Chelsea fans should hope the confidence doesn't turn into arrogance (Drobga's body language, facial expressions, and pouting after being subbed at Man City).