What May This Summer Have Install at Chelsea

by - May 22, 2018

Our season has only just finished and a hat full of speculation is already rife. From the manager’s position to players in and out of the club, there is even media discussions regarding Roman’s visa situation. But how much is there behind these “stories” and how is the club looking ahead of another long summer’s break before embarking on next season.

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Chelsea’s owner it appears has had a delay in his UK visa being renewed. Mr Abramovich has allegedly not been in the country since early April and was not in attendance at Wembley on Saturday. All the signs are that it is just a delay due to extra paperwork but Chelsea supporters will naturally been concerned until the issue is resolved.

Roman has steered the club to 17 trophies in his 15 years at the helm. He has transformed the club from an upcoming contender to a European powerhouse. With a brand new world class training facility and Europe’s finest youth academy, the foundations are very well set for the playing future. Meanwhile, commercial revenues have gone through the roof.

To top it all, the owner is now embarking on an impressive new stadium redevelopment at the true home of the club. The new Stamford Bridge is the biggest but last piece of the jigsaw that will set the club up in the elite class of world football clubs.

Roman Abramovich yet to have U.K visa renewed

If the worst happens and Roman is not granted a new visa, his status as the owner of Chelsea is very unlikely to change. However if he does part way with the club there will be a long list of extremely eager purchasers, despite the huge amount required to acquire it.

Almost all the talk managerial wise is of Maurizio Sarri taking over from Antonio Conte as early as this week. The 59 year old Italian has been a manager since 2005 for a number of smaller clubs in Italy. For the last 3 seasons he has been at the helm at Napoli where he has improved the club from a top half side into title contenders.

He took over after Rafael Benitez parted ways with The Light Blues after the club had finished in 5th place in the league and had qualified for the Europa League. In his 3 years in charge, Sarri has improved not only the level of their football but also their attacking style. Many pundits in Italy agree that Napoli play the most exciting and total football within Italy.

They fought Juventus all the way for the league title, only to lose out by 4 points. They only lost 3 league matches all season and were 14 points clear of Champions League semi finalists Roma who finished 3rd. With players of the quality of Marek Hamšík, Dries Mertens, Jorginho, Lorenzo Insigne and Kalidou Koulibaly they are an all round  top side. Strong in defence, positive in midfield and exciting in attack, their passing and movement is as good as any side in Italy.

Sarri has also integrated a number of younger players who have progressed greatly under his stewardship. His style of management is very much as a hands on coach. Both of which will be liked at Chelsea by both the club and the supporters. Sarri has not won a single trophy but before Napoli he hadn’t managed a contender but concentrated on coaching style and technique.

It had been believed that his release clause expired at the end of May but now reports are saying that it expires at the end of Tuesday. The Italian has not signed a new contract and Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has stated that he has been preparing for his manager to be moving on this summer.

It is a story that will conclude in the next few days and if Conte is to leave Chelsea before next season, then Sarri being installed as early as this week would be a good option. His philosophy on football and the way his team plays will certainly endear him to the Chelsea faithful, but it will be his ability to win trophies that will be what he will be judged on, just like all Chelsea managers.

On the playing side, most of the ins and outs will depend on who will be the manager for next season. For example, if Conte was to leave, most of the contenders to take over from him favour a back 4. With a number of players better suited to a back 3 with wing backs, a reshuffle there will be required.

At the moment it is too early to speculate on almost all potential changes but an early summer purchase or 2 is always a good start to our dealings. Speculation is doing the rounds again about prolific striker Robert Lewandowski not only wanting to leave Bayern Munich, but prefers a move to Chelsea over Manchester United and all the other potential suitors.

A signing of this magnitude would be a real statement from the club and show their intent for the next season. It would be 1 key position already taken care of and allow whoever next season’s manager to concentrate on other areas as the club rebuilds so it can challenge for the Premier League title again next season.

After all, the final round of matches take place on 19 May next year, and we all know how much Chelsea Football Club love a showdown on 19 May.

Written by Jon Ellis, Chelsea FC home and away season ticket holder. Find him on twitter: @ClitheroeBlue

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