The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their side can catch league-leaders Manchester City by the New Year…
Antonio Conte’s side have begun their title-defence in decent form, but they know they will need to improve to harbour any realistic dreams of lifting the Premier League trophy for the second successive season. Chelsea have a fantastic opportunity to bridge the gap at the top of the table during December in which they face none of the top-six sides during their seven fixtures. Meanwhile, Manchester City are set to face both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur within the same month.
The December fixture list is understandably giving the regular Blues propping up our bar plenty of optimism about their prospects for the season.
Their optimism has been boosted further by reports in The Daily Express that claim Chelsea will renew their interest in Juventus full-back Alex Sandro.
And Chelsea’s decision to strengthen their options in full-back positions could prove to be pivotal in the title-race this season.
Manchester City’s form so far this season suggests that investment in quality full-backs is certainly a potential recipe for success.
City broke the bank to bring Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo to the club last summer and thus far they are reaping the rewards even without the injured Mendy.
In Chelsea’s current tactical set-up, the role of full-backs are immensely important to their success.
However, Chelsea have little back-up available to support their first-choice left-back Marcos Alonso, so a move for Sandro in January would be wise considering the circumstances.
Although The Old Lady will be reluctant to sell the highly-regarded Brazillian in January, Conte should work in conjunction with Abramovich to strike a deal with the Italian giants and galvanise Chelsea’s season.
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