Chelsea have headed into every season of recent as one of the top contenders for glory in the Premier League.

This time is a little different being a new era at Stamford Bridge. The arrival of new boss Antonio Conte marks a different era, with the Italian being the 10th different manager in the Roman Abrahimovich period.

There might be less pressure to win titles from the very first season, results are expected nonetheless. Chelsea won the league in brilliant fashion in the 2014/14 season with Jose Mourinho. Just a year later, despite being favourites to retain the crown, Chelsea were 16th and close to relegation within a few months. They finally finished at the edge of the top ten, one of the lowest for a defending champion of the Premier League. After the turbulent year, only two players have been recruited so far. N’Golo Kante arrived from Leicester City and Michy Batshuayi from Olympique Marseille. The Foxes will miss Kante as he was a major force when they lifted the title in the last campaign. Conte will switch to a system that allows two strikers, so Batshuayi would be a key player.

Franco di Santo returns from Injury

Argentine striker Franco di Santo made his much awaited return back from injury and he featured in the friendly against MSV Duisburg.

The match ended in a disappointing 3-1 defeat for the team struggling against relegation in the Bundesliga. Werder Bremen had won the last two friendly matches by the same score – 3-2 – but there was no repeat of the same after allowing their opposition to score more than two goals yet again. The club will have to improve a lot defensively if they are to climb out of the relegation zone. Werder Bremen are in the 16th place after having managed to take only one point per game so far.

They returned to the league action on 1 February with a home match against Hertha Berlin. Head coach Viktor Skripnik has been given a huge boost with the return of Di Santo, who has scored seven goals in just 11 matches this campaign. Continue reading “Franco di Santo returns from Injury”