Chelsea fans here in the Tavern are beginning to refill the confidence tank that was running on empty not so long ago.
Chelsea have been subject to criticism and abuse so far this season, having already almost diminished their title aspirations many fans feel it’s the end of the world. However, with City looking dominant at the top, it looks as if the 9 point gap is already unreachable as their main focus turns to domestic and European Cups while still focusing on a top 4 finish. Not every team is going to achieve a trophy triumph every season, so we think after the injury struggles and start made by the Blues, a Champions League place will satisfy the Stamford Bridge faithful.
After being hailed as arguably the best manager in the Premier League after last season’s glory, Conte has fallen off the radar somewhat as Pep takes the managerial limelight. However, with the Premier League being as unpredictable as it is, Chelsea can’t rule out any heroics just yet as injured stars start to enter back into the fray.
In being a quarter of the way into the season, the Blues may have endured domestic disappointment but they still pose a dangerous intent on the Champions League and Carbarao Cup as they move forward to what looks to be the last 16 in both competitions. So with the Cup glory still in the balance and a Champions League spot very much achievable, can Conte and his men turn their season around?
You’d like to think so after their impressive 2-1 victory over Everton at the Bridge, in what was a weakened Chelsea XI with the inclusion of many youngsters who had impressed in previous rounds. So with confidence now coursing through the veins and the fans having something to cheer about, it’s vital they can transfer this momentum into the weekend’s game as they head to the Vitality to face a struggling Bournemouth side.
So here’s the dominant XI that would smash the Cherries out the park…