Paul Merson charges Chelsea FC’s summer time signings and Champions League hopes - Football Roof

Paul Merson charges Chelsea FC’s summer time signings and Champions League hopes

Paul Merson has been impressed by Chelsea FC’s summer time switch enterprise and is tipping the Blues to be one of many fundamental contenders for the Champions League title subsequent season.

The south west London aspect have moved to usher in the likes of Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly this summer time as Thomas Tuchel gears up for his second full season in command of the Blues.

Chelsea FC are additionally believed to be closing in on the signing of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde as they give the impression of being to bolster their choices on the again forward of the brand new marketing campaign.

Tuchel will likely be hoping for his aspect to be one of many fundamental challengers for the Premier League title subsequent season as they bid to enhance on their third-placed end from final time period.

Chelsea FC may also be aiming to compete within the Champions League, having received the title beneath Tuchel in 2021 and having reached the quarter-finals final season.

Former Arsenal and England star Merson has been impressed by the signings that Chelsea FC have made and he thinks that the south west London aspect will likely be one of many fundamental challengers for the Champions League crown subsequent season.

Writing in his column for Sportskeeda, Merson mentioned: “Chelsea have already signed Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling and if rumors are to be believed, Sevilla defender Jules Kounde is near becoming a member of the membership.

“The likes of Kounde and Koulibaly alongside Thiago Silva as a part of a again three is as strong because it will get, whereas Trevoh Chalobah, Malang Sarr and the likes might be termed as in a position deputies. That backline has bought all of it, the one factor you possibly can say is that neither Koulibaly nor Silva are notably younger.

“It’s a must to be tight on the again to win the Champions League and Chelsea have been defensively tidy beneath Thomas Tuchel, whereas Reece James and Ben Chilwell – who I regard as the very best pair of full-backs in world soccer – could make issues occur on each ends of the pitch.

“As for his or her midfield, they’ve three strong choices in Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, whereas Conor Gallagher may be a part of the first-team squad this season after a profitable mortgage spell at Crystal Palace.

“Sterling is a participant I actually admire – he makes issues occur in assault. Folks slander him for the probabilities he misses, however he does rather well to get into goal-scoring positions and was a key participant for Pep Guardiola at Manchester Metropolis.

“I’ve put Chelsea at quantity three [of the English favourites to win the Champions League], however they’ll simply be one or two if their new gamers settle in shortly.

“The one factor that worries me is that they haven’t bought a bonafide goal-scorer, however I don’t suppose that’s a lot of a problem with regards to cup competitions the place they’ll preserve it tight on the again and nick it with a aim on the different finish.”

Chelsea FC will kick off their new marketing campaign with a visit to face their previous boss Frank Lampard’s Everton aspect on the opening weekend of the season.

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