Jamie Carragher says Chelsea’s squad are as robust as anybody within the Premier League and analyses how their enchancment at corners might spell success this season.
Frank Lampard spent £226.1m on new gamers in the summertime as he formed his Chelsea squad into his personal picture. He’s beginning to reap the rewards too with the Blues now unbeaten in 13 video games throughout all competitions.
Carragher has been impressed with the latest incomings and highlighted Chelsea’s depth with two totally different however equally gifted beginning XIs based mostly on the weekend’s win in opposition to Leeds.
He instructed Monday Night time Soccer: “In these early levels of the season, it seems to be like they’ve recruited very well.
“You may make an argument that it is as robust a squad as anybody within the Premier League.
“You could possibly possibly argue, or I believe it is a reality, that Liverpool and Man Metropolis have a robust XI, however by way of back-up gamers proper now and different groups getting accidents – actually Liverpool – that power of squad is completely implausible and it does not really feel just like the crew could be weakened an excessive amount of regardless of who was enjoying.”
It was a sentiment echoed by MNF visitor Freddie Ljungberg, who has warned different Premier League groups to be cautious of Chelsea.
The previous Arsenal winger mentioned: “I believe they’ve an excellent squad. They’ve world-class gamers everywhere in the pitch and even on the bench and I believe they’re doing very effectively. Total, they play superb soccer and in the event that they get some accidents to vital gamers, they nonetheless have the back-up so I believe they’re going to be very harmful this season.
“We at all times say give mangers time and this and that, however they gave him time and he is getting them to gel now. For the European video games, they alter right here and there however they nonetheless play the identical soccer and so they do very well.
“I like what they seemed like final yr after which they stuffed up with some extra gamers this summer time. They’re 100 per cent title contenders, they play good soccer and so they’re entertaining to look at. Folks must be careful.”
Are corners Chelsea’s particular weapon?
Delving deeper into Chelsea’s enchancment this season, Carragher targeted on their defending from corners, with solely three conceded from the set-piece within the Premier League to this point.
Carragher defined to Monday Night time Soccer: “I take a look at it defensively with my defender’s head on. We coated this quite a bit final season and the issues it brought about Frank Lampard and his squad. Possibly Frank and Jody Morris have accomplished one thing totally different in the summertime, one other coach in Anthony Barry has are available as effectively and should have helped set-piece clever.
“There was a change in how they arrange. Talking to Freddie [Ljungberg] and searching on the stats within the Premier League and Champions League final season, they let you know that the groups who combined zonal and man marking, that is virtually the perfect system.
“Corners is one thing they’ve checked out in the summertime and it is a mixture of what we noticed at the beginning of final season and the tip of final season. The goalkeeper has additionally made an enormous distinction.
“Set items might win or lose you the league, however it’s important to be actually good at them. That is what the Premier League reveals. The numbers they’re getting means, set-piece clever, they’ll win the league.
“There’s much more to that after all, but when that they had the report that they had final season, they cannot win the league and historical past reveals you that with the final ten winners.”