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Chelsea in 2022: can Thomas Tuchel overthrow Liverpool and Man City in the Premier League title race?

Who would dare to make predictions about what 2022 might hold for Chelsea?

Who would bet against some or all of these predictions coming true after what 2021 delivered for this most unpredictable animal?

When it comes to Chelsea, all bets are off. Everything is fine. This is why they remain an essential entertainment.

By Christmas last year, the cracks had started to appear during the reign of Frank Lampard – but no one saw what was to follow. After all, he has only just taken them to the top of the Premier League and qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

A few weeks earlier he had answered questions about the management of England after building a dynasty at Stamford Bridge.

Boxing Day Chelsea suffered a 3-1 defeat at Arsenal, which Lampard now sees as the moment he knew he was in trouble. At the end of January, he was out. In May, Chelsea were European champions.

Things move quickly at this club, so the idea of ​​making any sort of meaningful prediction over the next six weeks, let alone the six months, is fraught with dangers.

The biggest challenge for Tuchel is how he handles the relentless pace set by Manchester City and Liverpool in the title race.

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Chelsea’s exceptional start to the season has been allowed to stall since the start of the month – and while that can be attributed to the ebb and flow of a title campaign, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have set new standards in what concerns what is expected of English champions.

Can Chelsea take the pressure from City and Liverpool and know that virtually any misstep will be punished?

If anyone can break Guardiola and Klopp’s dominance, Tuchel seems in a good position to do it. His Champions League triumph last season showcased his rare qualities and Chelsea’s form so far this season proves he is a man to be taken seriously.

He knows how to win at the highest level. But if there is any doubt, it is his ability to clinch a title in the face of such competition.

Winning the title with Paris Saint-Germain is very different from beating City and Liverpool. Even after winning the Champions League, the Premier League might just be his greatest achievement.

Chelsea look like a team built to be champions and the experience of their European success last season should benefit them in the race.

Considering the wonders Tuchel accomplished when he took office in January this year, there is every reason to believe he can conquer England this time around.

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