—**FOUR TWO THREE ONE B MAGAZINE***
Chelsea: Unstoppable Force in Division 1
***By: Dan Wallace**
In the first ten games of the 2023/24 season, the Blues have been nothing short of breathtaking, boasting a performance that is as impressive as it is dominant. Under the meticulous guidance of manager James McKenzie, the reigning champions have made it abundantly clear that they have no intention of relinquishing their title.
Chelsea’s incredible form has not gone unnoticed. From their 4-0 away victory against West Bromwich Albion to the gripping 3-2 home win against Hellas Verona, the Blues have played with resilience and determination. In particular, the 3-0 home win against Arsenal and the 2-0 away win against Atlético Madrid have been truly memorable, and proof that McKenzie’s team is a force to be reckoned with.
The performance of the Chelsea squad has been nothing short of sensational. Spearheading the charge is the phenomenal Lewandowski, with 13 goals and 9 assists in 16 appearances and a stunning 9.06 average rating. Neymar has also been instrumental, contributing 5 goals and 4 assists, while Sané has chipped in with 4 goals and 6 assists. Not to be overlooked, the duo of Verratti and Fabinho have been the engine room in midfield, providing both stability and creativity.
In an exclusive interview with us, James McKenzie shed some light on the team’s progress and future plans. “The team’s amazing run last term was always going to be hard to copy. Losing Lucas Hernandez and bringing in Gabriel Magalhaes might seem the right thing to do long term but for the moment it’s a drop in ratings and was always going to impact us in certain games,” he admitted.”However, when we have called on Djalo and Lotomba, they haven’t let the team down. Our main focus is to get all the front four scoring and assisting. As you point out, Sane, with impressive stats, may be due a more prominent role in the team in the coming weeks,” he further stated, revealing possible adjustments in the team’s tactical approach.
**Setbacks and Comebacks**
Despite their success, Chelsea’s journey this season hasn’t been entirely smooth. Setbacks, including a 0-4 home defeat against Bayern München and a 0-1 away loss to Valencia CF, have tested the team’s mettle. “The Bayern match was bonkers. The Valencia loss was simple; they scored and the goalie was sensational. I can accept that,” McKenzie candidly reflected on these results.
In terms of future plans, McKenzie remained optimistic yet realistic. “Looking forward, we won’t make many changes. The team seems to be settled, and with not a lot of rises from the first team due, maybe some drops, it’s going to be hard to balance the first team results while maybe making some harsh calls for the future,” he said.He added, “Players that are lower rated like Kangin Lee, Lotomba, Hlozek, Balogun may be used to bring in U25 long term cover for certain positions. But for now, we keep going the only way we know how, fighting hard for the league and trying our best in all competitions.”
**The Future is Bright**
McKenzie was positive about the future, saying, “Players like Baturina, Endrick, Langoni, Zaire, Emery, Thiaw, Balugun, Hlozek, Zalewski will make sure the future is bright for Chelsea.”As the season progresses, all eyes will be on Chelsea to see if they can maintain their scintillating form and successfully defend their Division 1 title. With their current performances and the experienced guidance of manager James McKenzie, there’s no doubt that the Blues are the team to beat.
Make sure you stay tuned for more breathtaking football from the reigning champions, and don’t miss their upcoming clash with Manchester City. With Chelsea’s current form, who knows what thrilling moments this season still has in store! —
Great stuff Dan, this one and also Barcelona’s article were quality.