Could Chelsea’s transfer ban be a blessing in disguise?
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As the dust finally settles on what was a confusing season for Chelsea in 2018/19, a calming window for reflection emerges. A season filled largely with disdain and public shaming turned into something of a success story. Maurizio Sarri and his men battled to an unexpected third-place finish, a League Cup silver medal before lifting the Europa League trophy in Baku.

Chelsea were criticised for losing their identity and playing a brand of football not in line with the club’s ethos. Sarri struggled to find the hallowed balance between entertainment and success, and so was sacked, adding his name to the graveyard of coaches that have fallen before him. But much like the Stamford Bridge turf ripped out at the end of May, a time for regrowth has arrived at the London club.

This tactical analysis will review the highs and lows of the Blue’s turbulent season. The analysis will be a season preview highlighting where Chelsea will need to improve as they move into a new era at the club.

2018/19 Review: A season in numbers

Chelsea finished their season on a high, taking the title of being the best side in an inconsistent chasing pack.

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