The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are growing increasingly concerned by Manchester City’s domination so far this season.
Pep Guardiola’s City slickers have stormed ahead in the Premier League leaving the current holders Chelsea and a whole host of league rivals in their wake. The Blues supporters lining up the bar in the tavern began the season with plenty of optimism and with a genuine belief that they could defend their title this season, but they have been forced to accept that the title belongs to The Citizens with half the season left to play.
Antonio Conte will be extremely concerned by City’s level of dominance in the English top-flight this season both immediately and in the long-term.
The sheer level of City’s dominance this season suggests that they could dominate English football for a very long time providing they keep hold of their manager and the majority of their star-studded squad.
But Chelsea’s manager has publicly stated that City can be stopped if their rival Premier League clubs make a genuine effort to prevent them exerting their power off the field in the transfer market.
In relation to City’s pursuit of Southampton star Virgil Van Dijk, Conte claimed on Goal that “it will be very difficult for us to fight” in the event that City manage to secure the Van Dijk’s signature.
City’s central defenders have performed brilliantly this season with special mention due to the vastly improved pairing of Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones.
However, Vincent Kompany has once again struggled to stay injury-free – a factor which has undoubtedly enhanced City’s interest in Van Dijk.
City would look ominously strong across all positions following the successful pursuit of Van Dijk, to a level which could usher in a mini-era of top-flight dominance for the club.
With that being said, Roman Abramovich must provide the funds for Chelsea to beat City to the Dutch international’s signature in January, or face the prospect of falling even further behind their already superior rivals.
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