In the first 45 minutes against Burnley on Monday Chelsea demonstrated why they are already making such a compelling case as champions elect of The Premier League.
Now that Jose Mourinho has been back in the hot seat for twelve months he has had the chance to reshape a side that he arguably saw as over-indulged and imbalanced on his return to Stamford Bridge.
Now they have a good measure of every major quality required to be top dogs. Mourinho has added some steel with Nemanja Matic. He’s added pace and dynamism with the likes of Willian, Salah and Luis. And, most recently, he’s bought the power and finishing ability of Diego Costa plus the guile of Cesc Fabregas.
With the depth in their squad and these new additions Chelsea look like a complete side – a blend of winners and warriors with the touch of a wizard in the form of their new Spaniard. Fabregas really did orchestrate everything good about Jose’s team on Monday. Perhaps the biggest surprise is just how well and quickly these guys have blended together.
Manchester City will once more provide the sternest of challenges to The Blues over the next 10 months – they too are a bewitching side to watch – but Chelsea currently look good value to take the crown again come May.