Date: 8th August 2019 at 6:00am
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Looking at the Sheffield United opponents for our upcoming 2019/20 Premiership Campaign, we take a look at Chelsea, who may have brought back some enthusiasm with the appointment of former player Frank Lampard, but will a transfer embargo effect there season.

Manager: Frank Lampard
Last Season: 3rd
Stadium: Stamford Bridge

Fixtures:
Home: 25th April
Away: 31st August

Transfers;

In: Mateo Kovavic

Out: Kylian Hazard, Robert Green, Fankaty Dabo, Eden Hazard, Ola Aina, Bradley Collins, Eduardo, Jay Dasilva, Victorien Angban, Tomas Kalas, Ruben Sammut, Josimar Quintero, Todd Kane, Kyle Scott, Kasey Palmer, Gary Cahill, Joseph Colley, Renedi Masampu, Jared Thompson, Marcin Bulka, Martell Taylor-Crossdale, Daishawn Redan, Victor Moses (loan), Alvaro Morata (loan), Nathan Baxter (loan), Mario Pasalic (loan), Charly Musonda (loan), Nathan (loan), Luke McCormick (loan), Ethan Ampadu (loan), Jake Clarke-Salter (loan), matt Miazga (loan), Lewis Baker (loan), Dujon Sterling (loan), Conor Gallagher (loan), Ike Ugbo (loan).

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If I had to pick one word to describe the Chelsea support at the moment it would be buoyant.

After a season under the managerial acumen of Maurizio Sarri, a period where despite clinching a Champions League spot and winning the Europa League, we were bored to tears by the style of football played, we now have somebody in charge who, in the eyes of the support cannot and will not do anything wrong.

Outsiders may see Frank Lampard’s appointment as something of a risk, but we believe he’s the man for the job, the man to guide the club, along with his backroom staff, into a new era, in short, we reckon we’ve gotten our Chelsea back.

Frank couldn’t have come in at a worse time though, the brilliant Eden Hazard has left for Real Madrid and the only players, courtesy of the two-transfer window ban, that the club has acquired are Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic, the former having been with us on loan last season and the latter having signed before the ban was implemented.

So, how do I see our season going? Well, let’s just say I’m optimistic. I’m not expecting more silverware but if Frank can secure a second top-four finish on the bounce, for the club, whilst also taking us on a cup run, or two, you just never know.

Plus, we’re back in the Champions League, those wonderful European nights will return to Stamford Bridge, something we missed last season.

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The appointment of former player Frank Lampard, who left his post at Derby County after only one season in charge, will no doubt please the Blues faithful, but he might find this job the most difficult of his short career thus far.

The Londoners successfully beat neighbours Arsenal in the Europa League Final to pick up silverware in what was a disappointing season overall. The 2019/20 season may see Chelsea slide further down the table. With an imposed transfer embargo in place for another 12 months, the Blues will have to make do and mend and form their season around the current crop of players.

What is your opinion ahead of the 2019/20 Premier League season? Will Sheffield United survive the challenge ahead, and which team will be crowned Champions? Why not join the debate at the Vital Blades Message Board or over on twitter at @vitalblades with the hashtag #vitalblades

 
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