England Premier League — 12 August 2012

Manchester City overcame ten men Chelsea 3-2 at Villa Park in the Community Shield.

City looked the stronger of the two teams, but is victory a signal of intent that City don’t intend to let the likes of Chelsea to beat them to the Premier League title this season?


Manchester City played some fantastic football last season and probably in the end just about deserved to win the Premier League title. They were strong in most areas of the pitch and they proved their strength against Chelsea, who had defender Branislav Ivanovic sent-off after 42 minutes of the Community Shield.


Manchester City have been frustrated in the transfer market this summer. Although, they look set to sign Everton’s young England international midfielder Jack Rodwell for £15million. However, the youngsters signing is hardly going to get pulses racing at the Etihad Stadium.

Chelsea on the other hand have added some really exciting players to their squad. The Blues have added the likes of Belgian starlet Eden Hazard, Brazilian wonderkid Oscar and Germany international Marko Marin to their squad this summer.


With Italian Roberto Di Matteo now full-time Chelsea boss and the host of new arrivals, Chelsea are expected by many to challenge for the Premier League title this season. However, it will be difficult for the Blues.

Manchester City are strong and Manchester United are likely to be wounded from the way they lost the Premier League title last season. The new players will need time to settle and gel as a team.


I think that’s it’s very unlikely that Chelsea will be challenging for the Premier League title this season. The Blues must do better than last seasons sixth place finish in the Premier League though. There’s no doubt in my mind that they will finish in a Champions League spot this season though.

Can Chelsea challenge for the Premier League title this season?


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