Chelsea were far better than the rest in England but came up surprisingly short in The Champions League. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will have already lost sleep over this and will continue to fret until he gets his ducks in order for next season.
We think that Chelsea could do with signing another centre back, a really top midfielder and a striker to share the burden with Diego Costa and his troublesome hamstrings.
We think that he’s the next Rio Ferdinand. He’s unbelievably quick but also has amazing technique and composure. He’s a great athlete who also possesses genuine finesse already. Quick enough to sweep up danger and pick a pass out of defence. All of these qualities will make him extremely hard to prise from Real Madrid. But he would be an ideal addition.
Paul Pogba/Felipe Anderson
Chelsea possibly lacked forward thrust from the midfield last season. Matic and Fabregas are two of the best midfielders in the league but neither really wants to carry the ball upfield themselves for any distance, when a pass will do.
Pogba or Felipe Anderson would commit opponents by taking the ball with them in sharp forward thrusts through the middle of the park, a la Yaya Toure in his pomp.
We would like to see one of these two join and perhaps play in the hole.
Costa will be the main man again but Chelsea need another serious striker to compete with Loic Remy and there is just something about Dzeko and Jose which we see as a special marriage in the making. Dzeko is a powerhouse with decent feet, just like Drogba, and we think that Jose could get the very best out of this lad. At 29 he would be a great investment for Chelsea.
So here is our ideal Chelsea XI for September. Some think that the club could use another right winger but that does a disservice to Willian, who has been superb.