For the past two years, English clubs have ultimately failed in Europe’s elite competition. Since Chelsea won the competition back in 2012, only the Blues have stood a genuine chance of reaching the latter stages of the tournament – as they did last season where they were beaten in the semi-finals by Atletico Madrid. However, Jose Mourinho has already targeted next season’s competition and his priority must be to tackle Europe’s top clubs in the search for Champions League glory.
We take a look at some of the reasons why the Blues could go on to win the Champions League next year, and provide our prediction on just how far Mourinho’s side will progress in the competition. For more news and odds regarding the Champions League, or any other football tournament for that matter, you can find out more at www.bookies.com.
They are likely to strengthen in the summer
The Blues will invest in the upcoming transfer window and the Portuguese will look to bring at least two new faces into Stamford Bridge. Earlier this week, Brazil youngster Nathan confirmed on Instagram that he was joining the club, but supporters will be expecting Chelsea to bring in a couple of bigger names over the summer. Paul Pogba and Gareth Bale have both been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, and if the Blues were to add one of these two, they would stake a strong claim as to owning the best squad in world football.
Mourinho won’t get his tactics wrong again
The Chelsea manager was arguably at fault for their Champions League exit to 10-man Paris Saint-Germain earlier this season. After the visitors were reduced to 10 men, the Portuguese decided to adopt a defensive approach and allowed the French side the opportunity to attack the Blues. Unfortunately for the hosts, Thiago Silva scored the crucial away goal that ensured Chelsea were knocked out at the last-16 stage of the competition. There is no chance that Mourinho will get his tactics wrong again.
Essentially, all Chelsea need are a couple of signings and Mourinho to ensure that his tactics are spot on. Oh, and luck. Nobody wins the Champions League without a piece of luck along the way; Manchester United had it in 2008 with John Terry’s penalty miss and Chelsea themselves had it in the 2012 semi-final against Barcelona. Talent wise, they are more than capable of competing with the Bayern Munich’s and Real Madrid of this world, but they will have to show that they are both hungrier and luckier if they are to achieve more European success.