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A lot of elements stacked against the Blues

General preview 2019/20

Beginning of a new era for the club

The 2019/20 is a real season of change for Chelsea and a new era beginning under a club legend in Frank Lampard.

With losing Eden Hazard and a transfer ban imposed meaning they cannot replace him, there are a lot of elements stacked against the Blues.

However, even with the negativity, the appointment of Lampard has brought a who new wave of positivity from the Chelsea supporters.

There is no doubt that the Blues have taken a big risk in appointing their club-record goalscorer, with just a year of management under his belt at Derby County in the Championship.

But with Chelsea having to dip into their youth system and those who have been out on loan, Lampard was seen as the number one candidate to get the best out of them and bring the feel-good factor back to Stamford Bridge.

With Champions League football also back in west London, the feel-good factor could well run out pretty quickly if results on the pitch don’t match the excitement.

Losing Hazard will be the biggest blow of all and someone in the current squad is going to have to step up if they are to be in the top four once again.

Pre-season news

Lampard is beginning to work out who will be part of his squad - and who won't

Bohemians 1-1 Chelsea

Batshuayi.

St Patrick's Athletic 0-4 Chelsea

Mount, Emerson, Giroud (2).

Kawasaki Frontale 1-0 Chelsea

Barcelona 1-2 Chelsea

Abraham, Barkley.

Reading 3-4 Chelsea

Barkley, Kenedy, Mount (2).

Red Bull Salzburg 3-5 Chelsea

Pulisic (2), Barkley (P), Pedro, Batshuayi.

Borussia Monchengladbach 2-2 Chelsea

Abraham (P), Barkley (P).

transfer window

Two-window transfer ban

It is going to be a massively quiet transfer window for the Blues as, in short, they aren’t allowed to sign anyone.

FIFA slapped the two-window transfer ban on Chelsea for this summer and January 2020, which means no new players are allowed to be registered.

Mateo Kovacic was allowed to join on a permanent basis due to having been on loan last season, while Christian Pulisic will take his first steps in Premier League football due to signing in January.

Of course the biggest news has been the long-awaited departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, with the Belgian finally getting his dream move.

Apart from that, Lampard is going to have to dip into the ‘Loan Army’ to fill his squad, with a few players looking to make an impact.

Rating: 8/10

Mason Mount

A gifted midfielder who was on loan with Lampard at Derby last season. Can really add extra creativity that has been lacking at times.

Rating: 6/10

Michy Batshuayi

A lot to prove but can be deadly in front of goal if he gets the chance. Needs to show he can really lead the line, however.

Rating: 7/10

Christian Pulisic

Raw talent in the young American that Lampard will have to develop. A lot expected from him to really shine.

Rating: 7/10

Kurt Zouma

Has to potential to be a starter to Chelsea this season. A talented defender with pace and aggression and will be a useful tool for the Blues.

Rating: 6/10

Mateo Kovacic

Now a permanent Chelsea player, but struggled on loan with the Blues last season. A new system might just unlock his ability at Chelsea.

Season predictions

A real tough start

Chelsea couldn’t have been given much more of a difficult start, with a trip to Manchester United, the Super Cup against Liverpool and then the first home game against Leicester City.

While the positivity will be emanating from the terraces early on, Lampard definitely needs to make a bright start to settle any nerves in the dugout and the stands.

It would be a massive shock if the Blues were to get anywhere near Manchester City or Liverpool this season, and the aim will no doubt be hitting top four again.

That is doable, but mainly because Manchester United and Arsenal are not in great shape themselves going into the new campaign.

Having Champions League football again might well take its toll, and losing Hazard is going to have a huge impact.

But top four is certainly still there and the Blues should be able to take it.