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“£1billion Chelsea still not enough to take down City” — Carragher



"£1billion Chelsea still not enough to take down City" -- Carragher

Former Liverpool player, Jamie Carragher has expressed his skepticism about Chelsea and its Premier League title aspirations as he states the West London side are still not good enough to contend for the league.

Despite the club’s extravagant spending of £1 billion on new players in the last three transfer windows, the West-London side has endured a difficult spell to the season, a factor Jamie Carragher does not want to overlook.

Since the Todd Boehly-Clearlake takeover in May 2022, Chelsea has undergone a significant overhaul, with 33 new signings arriving at Stamford Bridge.

However, their performance in the Premier League has raised questions, as they finished in a disappointing 12th place last season.

During that tumultuous campaign, Chelsea saw four different head coaches take charge, including Thomas Tuchel, Graham Potter, Bruno Saltor, and Frank Lampard.

The club’s fortunes have yet to improve significantly in the current season, with Chelsea currently languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table following the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as head coach during the summer.

Carragher, speaking on Monday Night Football, did not mince his words when assessing Chelsea’s situation.

He said,

“If you’re telling me that this is Chelsea’s best team after they’ve spent £1 billion… that team would still need at least four top players if they had any chance of catching Manchester City.

“The goalkeeper is not good enough, the centre-forward is not good enough, they need a centre-back, and probably another midfield player.”

The football pundit’s remarks have added to the ongoing debate surrounding Chelsea’s spending spree and their ability to challenge for the Premier League title.

Many expected the club to dominate after the substantial investments, but Carragher’s comments and how the Blues have started the 2023/24 campaign suggests that significant gaps remain in their squad.