September 20th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Chelsea to be champs again? Don't hold your breath ...

Chelsea's Florent Malouda celebrates another goal for the Blues.
Chelsea's Florent Malouda celebrates another goal for the Blues.

In England, many people are already crowning Chelsea as Premier League champions. After five rounds of fixtures, apparently, there are several commentators and pundits who believe the Blues have already proven they are the best team in the country.

Now if you take a look at the numbers, it is easy to see that Chelsea have looked good so far. They have five wins in five games and they have scored a whopping 21 goals. You don’t need to be a genius to figure out that’s an impressive average of over four goals per game. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have also played some great football at times, and to concede only one goal in the process is also noteworthy.

So, we have established that the Blues are doing well. But are they on their way to another title? Uh … not so fast. At this point, I would like to interject with a reality check.

Who have Chelsea played so far? Have you had a look? Don’t worry, I will tell you: West Brom, Wigan, Stoke, West Ham and Blackpool. So, two newly promoted sides and three others that have combined for two league wins between them. In other words, they have played no-one. No-one to challenge them in any way, shape or form. In a world where there is a widening gap between the top and bottom teams, it does not shock me that the London side has reeled off five straight convincing wins.

You may be thinking that it's still a pretty impressive start to the season and I would agree with you. Nowadays, you don’t win games on paper and you must work hard every time you walk out onto the pitch in order to get the three points, I won’t contest that. However, it is way too early to start talking about a title, and in my view they won’t be lifting the trophy when it is all said and done.

Of course they will challenge to be champions again. They have the quality, the experience and the organization required to do so. Carlo Ancelotti is a fantastic manager and they have a series of players in John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, that lead by example and can play a leading role this season.

The return of Michael Essien and the addition of Ramires have also made the team stronger. However, there is an old obsession which will get in the way. The European Champions League. In my mind, there is no doubt that towards the business end of the season, if they get to the latter stages of Europe’s top club competition, they will rest players in the Premier League in order to win the trophy that has so far eluded them.

The next month will offer some insight into the true value of this team. Up next, a tough away game to Manchester City then there is a home tie with Arsenal before another tricky road battle with Aston Villa in Birmingham. If they get seven or nine points from those games, then we could start talking about Chelsea reigning victorious in the league again. Until then, we should watch and wait.

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  1. Claudia

    My thoughts exactly.Guys should not jump the gun,it's too early and Chelsea haven't faced any litmus test yet.Think about it,its not yet the crunch time where guys play FA,Carling Cups and EPL almost the same week.Actually,I think the blues are showing an outstanding performance out there but they haven't met the heavy weights yet.With five games played,I'd like to say..only time will tell.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:21 am | Reply
  2. uche

    pedro... for once i beg to disagree with you. let's not forget that the likes of Arsenal have dropped points away to clubs like sunderland and man u too has dropped points away from home. Chelsea's away games to wigan and west ham have never been easy games plus they are scoring plenty of goals and conceding little. while it is yet early to tell who will win d league, you have to give it to the boys in blue... they are playing fantastic football

    September 20, 2010 at 9:21 am | Reply
  3. pirzy

    I believe in the squad because i can see they are ready to go all the way. up CHELSEA till i die.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:09 am | Reply
  4. pirzy

    they will survive all the way.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:11 am | Reply
  5. isaac nyamadi

    i believe chelsea has what it takes to be crowned champions

    September 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  6. alehandro

    If not Chelsea then who will win the title? Man United look shaky defensively and, with Rooney out of form, reliant on Berbatov for goals - a mercurial player some felt should have been offloaded in the summer. Can he go the distance? Jury's out. Arsenal, always flatter to deceive early on, and have yet to prove their staying power. Liverpool will do well to make the top-4 on current evidence. Man City and Tottenham have already squandered too many points to give anyone confidence that this is their year. On current evidence, it has to be Chelsea for the title by simple deduction. No one else looks good enough.

    September 20, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  7. Arthur

    Barca are always regarded as the best but guess who beat them just the other day! - a newly promoted team, so stop saying that Chelsea haven't been tested with any litmus paper--– they are firing on all cyclinders! give credit where it is due!

    September 20, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  8. frederick from china

    i think chelsea is the best team at the moment,they are going to win the league once again,they are in good shape who will belt me,i promise they will beat any team which comes to their way,chelsea all the way

    September 21, 2010 at 12:31 am | Reply
  9. Thang Nguyen

    It's definitely Chelsea this season. All th players are in good form and perfect condition. They are a well organized team whose spirits are always inspired and powerfully boosted by talented coach, Acerloti. I love u- Chealse. Go..go..go...to the Champion!

    September 21, 2010 at 10:26 am | Reply
  10. IGNATIUS BUNYASI

    The truth be told,there is no smaller team in the premier league.All teams are good,and the best team"chelsea" will lift the cup come may.plus the champions league.I see no other team to lift the tophy ,only the blues.they have quality,power and strength to take it.Players like didia,anelka ,essien,malouda,kalou who can match their scoring record?.Go chelsea!!!! GO the blues.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  11. dennis

    i think chelsea have come of age, Now is the time for chelsea to rule:
    lets rock eaurope, this season guys, i believe my boys: anelka, malouda, drogba, essien, terry, lampard,mikel, kalou,sturidge,kakuta... Let go guys,we rule.

    September 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  12. nimit doshi

    chelsea cant prove that they are going to win the premier league this season lets see wat they do against big premier league teams .they have won the last 5 games becaus they have faced easy opponents . its not true that chelsea are gonna win this season again becaus its man utd who will win

    September 22, 2010 at 8:25 am | Reply
  13. nimit doshi

    huhb chelsea can never win the title again and people say that they have played really hard games lets see it

    September 22, 2010 at 8:27 am | Reply
  14. Victor

    too early to crown them as champs

    September 22, 2010 at 11:31 am | Reply
  15. william

    YES I ADMIT THAT CHELSEA STARTED THE SEASON WELL BUT STILL IT WAZ WITH WEAK TEAMS WERE 2 ARE FROM 2ND DIVISION ,SO BE4 YOU START CROWNING CHELSEA LOOK AT ALSO OTHER TEAMS WHICH FACED HARDER OPPONENTS LIKE E.G:man city,arsenal,tottenham and also one of the best teams in the world MANCHESTER UNITED.SO NOT SO FAST

    September 22, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  16. sumer

    i guess we are jumping the gun here. Calm it down friends, we are only 5 games into the league.

    September 23, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  17. olisa

    i think chelsea gonna make it treble this season cus the squad are so fantastic even if they meet the so called big club they will still beat them mercilessly.

    September 24, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  18. Anthony

    I will love Arsenal to win it this season but because of the injuries to Cesc, Walcut, Diaby, Bendtner and VPS, including the two points they dropped against Sunderland; I am not sure they will make it again this year. ManU are also unlikely to win it. Rooney is not firing and Babertov will soon fade in my opinion. So Chelsea are the only major contender this season and I think they will win.

    September 25, 2010 at 12:41 am | Reply
  19. amry ambarita

    No other team except Chelsea is always the best for all of its team is talented. anybody wants to bet?

    September 27, 2010 at 9:17 am | Reply
  20. Adeola

    I think chelsea's focus has shifted from prem to champ league. Though i count them favorite, but i see a chelsea willing to let go everything just for that one title that has eluded them

    September 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  21. uche

    i believe in my team arsenal, and we are going for a win

    September 27, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  22. Yomi Omotesho

    I agree with your analysis indeed you are spot on. A loss to Mancity last weekend. Lets see what happens next weekend against Arsenal

    September 27, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  23. Saby

    Chelsea is awesome right now, MU is not Optimal yet, Arsenal is always unlucky. Man City is a dark horse. Thing is though, somehow Sir Alex manages to do something, so lets see.

    October 10, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  24. Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Arsenal, Manchester City, Spurs, Manchester United, Liverpool and Aston Villa will not be easy pushovers. Right now the lead at the top is not too big at all. I prefer to wait and watch.

    October 26, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Reply

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