As the deadline day excitement came to end, we have a better vision of what all sides will look like.
Chelsea have endured a difficult summer but managed to snap up two signings late in the deadline day. Davide Zappacosta, a wingback from Torino and Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City.
So Chelsea have signed a total of 6 players this summer. We analyse what each of them will bring to the squad and how Chelsea can go about from here to defend their title.
The veteran Spaniard goalkeeper will serve as an able backup for Thibaut Courtois. Asmir Begovic departed the club to resurrect his career and the former Man City keeper will be a great addition thanks to his experience.
The German defender has already started impressing at Stamford Bridge with solid defensive displays. It seems likely that he will play ahead of captain Gary Cahill even when the Englishman returns from Suspension. Strong, Quick, and composed, Rudiger will prove to be a shrewd buy.
Not many know about this player but the 25-year-old is a full Italy international. He can play in multiple positions from right wing-back to midfield and provided Chelsea with a cheaper alternative to Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain. He is typically a Conte player, full of running and extremely disciplined. The Italian looks like an upgrade over Nigerian Victor Moses and is likely to take his place in the starting XI. Chelsea fans will be hoping he turns out to be another Marcos Alonso for them.
The big Frenchman played a major part in the win against Spurs despite not being completely fit. He can form a very strong partnership with Kante and fans will be licking their lips at the prospect. Certainly, a force to reckon with once fully fit. The 23-year-old might eventually turn out to be better than Nemanja Matic and Conte will be eager to guide the former AS Monaco man.
Chelsea’s late signing on the deadline day, Drinkwater will be hoping he can form another strong partnership with Kante in the center of the field for Chelsea. He will definitely not be first choice but serve as a strong replacement in case of injury or suspension to any player.
Probably the biggest and most important of the signings for Chelsea. He will be tasked to replace Diego Costa and it will not be an easy task. He has started the season incredibly well with 2 goals and 2 assists in just 186 minutes of football. If that is any sign of things to come then Chelsea must not mourn about missing out on Romelu Lukaku but rather be thankful for securing the Spaniard.
Chelsea have on of the strongest first XI’s in the league and it was gonna prove difficult to get players who could replace the current crop especially in a world cup year. They were snubbed by Chamberlain, Llorente and even Ross Barkley but they will be satisfied with whatever business they have done. Although, they are playing with fire by leaving it so late in the window and Conte must certainly be upset about it.
Have they done enough to retain the title? Maybe. Maybe not. City and United look extremely solid as of now so Conte will have to work his magic once again if Chelsea
Are Chelsea to become the first team to retain the title since United in 2009.