• Tue. Aug 16th, 2022

EVE vs CHE: Paul Merson rates Chelsea’s FC transfer summer signing and Champions League hopes for the Blues

EPL: Paul Merson's predictions hit hard on Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United, & others

Former Arsenal star player, Paul Merson has been impressed by the signings that Chelsea FC have made and he thinks that the south west London side will be one of the main challengers for the Champions League crown next season.

Why he thinks that Chelsea FC will be one of the favourites to win the UEFA Champions League this season under
Thomas Tuchel.

According to Sportskeeda report, Merson said:

Chelsea have already signed Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling and if rumors are to be believed, Sevilla defender Jules Kounde is close to joining the club.

“The likes of Kounde and Koulibaly alongside Thiago Silva as part of a back three is as solid as it gets, while Trevoh Chalobah, Malang Sarr and the likes could be termed as able deputies. That backline has got it all, the only thing you can say is that neither Koulibaly nor Silva are particularly young.

“You have to be tight at the back to win the Champions League and Chelsea have been defensively tidy under Thomas Tuchel, while Reece James and Ben Chilwell – who I regard as the best pair of full-backs in world football – can make things happen on both ends of the pitch.

“As for their midfield, they have three solid options in Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, while Conor Gallagher could also be part of the first-team squad this season after a successful loan spell at Crystal Palace.

“Sterling is a player I really admire – he makes things happen in attack. People slander him for the chances he misses, but he does really well to get into goal-scoring positions and was a key player for Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

“I’ve put Chelsea at number three [of the English favourites to win the Champions League], but they can easily be one or two if their new players settle in quickly.

“The only thing that worries me is that they haven’t got a bonafide goal-scorer, but I don’t think that is much of an issue when it comes to cup competitions where they can keep it tight at the back and nick it with a goal at the other end.”

Chelsea vs Everton with their first opening match in the premier league new campaign 2022/23 as the Blues travel to to face their former manager, Frank Lampard’s Everton this weekend, Saturday, August 6, 2022.