Will Chelsea crumble under pressure this season?


14th, August 2006


Ballack_1 So, an uninspired Chelsea got beaten by a lively looking Liverpool outfit yesterday. What does that tell us? Well, not a great deal as a season shouldn’t be judged in pre-season, but a niggling thought in my head came to the fore again. Will Chelsea crack under the immense pressure of the upcoming season? We all know hoe Mourinho’s expectations are sky high, as are Mr Abramovic’s… but with some super big signings, and no doubt a clutch of new fair weather Chelsea fans, all eyes are on them, and they are expected to win… and win with class… and win every single game.

What is apparent is that, a Chelski without Makalele look weak across the middle. Lampard looks to be lacking in confidence and has certainly left his shooting boots somewhere in Baden Baden. Sheva took his goal well, and at

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  1. Joe says:

    It didn’t look good. But, there are probably a lot WC hangovers in the Blues ranks. Chelsea have always started the season a bit slow, I recall them squeaking by Wigan 1-0 last term in a match they deserved to lose. But a little rest and a little more time together and I think they’ll win the title again. Don’t forget also that Liverpool have made significant improvements and are a solid side. I disagree with Mourinho on this I think ‘pool are a side to worry about with Manchester and Arsenal not really shelling out for many quality players (just Rosicky and Carrick??) while letting a few big names go RVN, Campbell, etc.

  2. Mike says:

    I agree with Joe that Liverpool pose the most significant threat to Chelsea this season. They definitely have the Blues number and with their offseason additions they should be able to stay close for the entire season.
    Chelsea will pick it up in the next couple weeks. They have looked very fatigued this offseason from the WC. Bellamy won’t be running them ragged come Spring. The goalkeeping will get much better once Cech comes back from injury. I really think that Sheva is the final piece Chelsea needs to win the Champion’s Leauge. Should be an interesting season…