Ben Chilwell indicates what Chelsea requires to match the level of Liverpool and Manchester City
While speaking in an interview as quoted by the Mirror, Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell suggested that the Blues must develop consistency in order to compete with Premier League title contenders Manchester City and Liverpool.
The 2021–22 season was unimpressive for Thomas Tuchel’s team. They were eliminated from the Champions League quarter-finals by Real Madrid, finished third in the Premier League, and lost the League Cup and FA Cup finals to Liverpool on penalties.
They did, however, succeed in taking home the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup. The Stamford Bridge team is preparing for a more successful season next time around, and Chilwell thinks all they need is consistency to compete with Liverpool and City.
“100 percent. City and Liverpool have set the bar, for maybe the last five years, which every other team in the league is aspiring to get at. Me being a Chelsea player, I’d say we’re the closest to them, and we’re aspiring to get on the same level as them.”
“We showed in patches last season that we could compete with them, but it’s that consistency that they’ve shown — they’re not just one season wonders, they’ve done it season-in, season-out for the last five years.”
In the previous five seasons, City and Liverpool have shared the title between themselves, with City winning four- although two of them were decided by a mere point. Both teams are easily the best in the Premier League when fielding a completely fit squad, however, Chelsea briefly appeared to be a challenge to the duopoly last season.
Manchester City are the defending PL champions, but Jurgen Klopp is still upbeat about Liverpool’s chances this time around. The German coach thinks Liverpool will enter the 2022–23 campaign “as optimistic as possible” about the possibility of once again contending on all fronts.
Liverpool came up short of a historic quadruple last season, losing both the EFL Cup and FA Cup finals as well as the Champions League final on the final day of the Premier League season.
As they failed to score in major finals last season, Liverpool had to rely on penalties in both of their cup victories, raising questions about their ruthlessness in front of goal.
In spite of Sadio Mane leaving for Bayern Munich, the frontline now has enough coverage to sail through the upcoming season with ease, especially after the signing of Darwin Nunez. So, with the new signings and the experienced force that Liverpool already have they can surely challenge for the title.
But the task wouldn’t be easy as apart from Chelsea and Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are also gearing up their squads for next season. As for Chilwell’s comments, he is right.
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But what a team also needs is signings in order to keep things fresh and competitive. The Blues have none of that so far, although a deal for Raheem Sterling seems as good as done.