Many believe that this season will be one of the toughest or to put it in the right way, an “unpredictable” season in the Premier League in recent years with three new managers taking charge of the four top clubs. After re-assigning their most successful manager Jose Mourinho, Chelsea have so far done some shrewd business, by bringing in the likes of Mark Schwarzer as a backup for Cech and youngsters Andre Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel for the future.
However, the transfer season is far from over for the Blues as they still lack depth in the striking departments with also rumours linking them with defensive signings.
Daniele De Rossi
This 29-year old veteran AS Roma midfielder has huge experience, which can add a flavour to the young but not-so-experienced Chelsea midfield. Though the back-bone of Chelsea midfield Frank Lampard (who is now 35) has a new one year contract, there still remains a big question mark about his regular involvement in the first team. So, the much talented Italian regular, De Rossi would immediately come in and serve as a leader in Chelsea’s midfield, while still providing the ability to regularly start for the side throughout the grind of the EPL schedule.
Reports from Mirror suggest that, Chelsea’s long term target Daniele De Rossi may finally move to Stamford Bridge as Roma are closing in on United target Kevin Strootman, which leaves the door open for De Rossi to join the Blues.
In other news, Jose Mourinho in his second interview as the new Chelsea boss has vowed to win it big, and do that in style. In an interview with the Chelsea Magazine, Mourinho talked about his playing style, the criticisms he has received during his previous tenure and the clubs senior players.
Quoted by ESPN, Mourinho said:
“I want to make the Chelsea fans happy – by results, by our playing style, by the mentality and the personality of the team,” Mourinho said. “They have to know that there are three options in the match – where we can win, draw or lose – but we always give everything.”
“I know in my record at Chelsea – also at Inter and Madrid – that I made many decisions that helped my teams. If I gamble, as you sometimes call it in England, with a very risky decision, it can go the wrong way.”
“How many times did I play here with three defenders? I remember against West ham [United in April 2006], we were losing 1-0 and we were playing with ten men after Maniche got a red card early in the game. I still gambled because I wanted to win with ten men – and we did win, 4-1.”
And finally talking about club legends John Terry and Frank Lampard, Mourinho said
“Of course, there are senior players still at the club who can do the same and this is the legacy of the club culture – as some guys are arriving, they have others who can transmit to them immediately what this club means,” Mourinho said.
“One day, these older players will finish and the younger guys now will be the older ones in the future, so the Chelsea culture is continuously passed on from one generation to the next.”