Club guide: Chelsea
Saturday 14 August 2010
Sack Race: 33-1
Ramires (Benfica, £18.3m), Y Benayoun (Liverpool, £5.5m), T Kalas (Sigma Olmouc, £5m), M Delac (Inter Zapresic, £2.7m)
total spent: £31.5m
R Carvalho (R Madrid, £6.7m), M Stoch (Fenerbahce, £4.9m), S Sinclair (Swansea, £1m), Deco (Fluminense, undisclosed), M Ballack (Bayer Leverkusen, free), J Cole (Liverpool, free), J Belletti (released), R Bertrand (Nottm Forest, loan), J Cork (Burnley, loan)
total made: £12.6m
Player to watch
Michael Essien. In the Community Shield, he looked to have overcome the knee injury that cruelly kept him out of the World Cup. His power and energy will be vital.
Only five homegrown players means using under-21s to bolster squad. Much midfield experience lost.
Carlo Ancelotti is a calming influence but made a rod for his own back with first-season success.
Story of the summer
Most of the Blues’ squad endured a horrible World Cup and Ancelotti’s side lost four of their five pre-season fixtures.
Last season 1st
Played the big games well to earn club’s first Double.
This season 2nd
Obsession with Champions League may hit title defence.
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