Former Chelsea player now pundit Ray Wilkins has said Chelsea aren’t as strong as last season following the departures of Diego Costa, John Terry and Nemanja Matic.

John Terry, long-term club captain left to Aston Villa to regain regular football, Nemanja Matic left to rejoin former boss at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, and Diego Costa’s move back to Atletico was recently agreed also.

The Blues have had a similar start to the season just like the last campaign which saw them become champions but despite replacing the outgoings, when speaking to Sky Sports Wilkins thinks they are worse off this year: ” I don’t think we are anywhere near as good as last year.

“We had the best forward (Costa) in the league last year.

Alvaro Morata
Alvaro Morata replaced Diego Costa and has hit the ground running.

“We had people at the club that you need at a football club, like John Terry.

“I don’t know why we didn’t offer John something around the club to keep that Chelsea business going on, I really don’t.

“Bakayoko is no Matic, not yet anyway. Matic is just superb.

“I don’t think we are anywhere near what we were last year.”

It’s early days into the season but Ray Wilkins certainly feels Chelsea are at a disadvantage.

Chelsea haven’t replaced the spine which has been there in the recent years with Frank Lampard, Petr Cech and now John Terry have all left the club.





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