Three reasons Chelsea shouldn’t be written off in title race

Here are three reasons why Chelsea shouldn't be discounted in the race to win the Premier league title

1) The Spanish factor

Chelsea have had far from an easy sail into the Premier League this season after failing to beat Swansea and Manchester City in their first two matches. However, things seemed to take a turn for the Chelsea boys as their new signing Pedro Rodriguez made a debut to remember. The Spanish forward scored the opening goal in a 3-2 win against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. It was a match where the Spanish truly shone with goals scored by Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta. This is the second time in Premier League history that three Spain internationals have scored for the same team in a match since February 2013. It seems that the Spanish players could prove to be a sparkling contingent for the blues.

2) Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho needs no introduction when it comes to the world of football and his list of prestigious successes with the club and the likes of Real Madrid and Inter Milan make for one of the main reasons why we should not push Chelsea into the dark. The Blues’s defence has always been its strongest asset and their tight defence has on them many of their title matches, however, in the past few matches, it has been an area of distinct weakness and has looked some what ‘disconnected’. A strong defensive network has played a key part within Jose Mourinho’s reputation, and it is sure to be an area that Mourinho along with his coaching team will pay close attention to before the visit of Crystal Palace on Saturday. Mourinho performs well when under pressure, although his strange decision to ban physio Eva Carneiro from the dugout has caused quite a stir amongst fans and the media bringing more bad press to the club. Taking this all into consideration, it is always evident that Mourinho puts the team first and maybe some of his actions are bizarre but one thing is for sure, it is very early within the league and Mourinho will be making many more changes along the line to re-focus his team and reestablish their winning ways.

3) Home form

One benefit that Chelsea have in their favour is their track record when playing at home; Mourinho saw Chelsea secure their 75th consecutive win at Stamford Bridge in 2014, which was a landmark in football history and to this day leaves high expectations for the club on home turf. Chelsea need to rediscover their imperious home form. Another element that could cause a stir within the Chelsea side in the forthcoming matches is the continued opening of the transfer window. Could the rumours of midfielder Paul Pogba joining Pedro at Stamford Bridge be true or will John Stones be the young new recruit to give Chelsea’s defence that extra thrust that it needs? The next few days are sure to be filled with speculation but we will have to wait till Saturday to see the 11-man team of Mourinho’s choice.

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