Chelsea’s midfielder, John Obi Mikel, must be in cloud cuckoo land after claiming that the Blues will regain the Premier League title and defend their Champions League trophy this season.
Speaking ahead of the campaign, which got off to a solid start with a 2-0 away win against Wigan, the 25-year-old Nigeria international is in an overly optimistic mood.
As well as saying that the Stamford Bridge-based outfit could do the Premier League and Champions League double, Mikel believes they can also compete for the FA Cup and League Cup. What planet is he on?
Last season, the Blues finished a massive 25 points behind the winners, Manchester City, and have done nothing between now and then to show they will close that gap.
The side go into the new season as 9/2 outside favourites on Bet Victor to win the Premier League.
Didier Drogba – who was instrumental in the Blues’ FA Cup and Champions League double last season – has left London for Shanghai Shenhua; it was his big match mentality that allowed the Blues to jinx their way through to picking up the most coveted cup in European football.
The Ivorian had an ability to score the big goals when it mattered. Chelsea have not, and will no doubt struggle to replace that.
Brazilian, Oscar, will take time to settle into English football, while Eden Hazard looks a top player, but he must up his work-rate off the ball to be an asset worth the £32million that Roman Abromavich forked out.
Frenando Torres needs to step up to the plate, something which he has failed so momentously to do since switching to Chelsea from Liverpool.
But even if Torres and Hazard do improve, there are still other questions that need answering.
Mikel’s comments may be part of a ‘positive’ attitude that the club will want to exude but to defend the Champions League – won so fortuitously – and knock City off their perch would be akin to a miracle.
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