Chelsea at 15/2 in outright winner market? Paddy Power reports price boost gets punters in frenzy

Latest Chelsea outright winner odds as Paddy Power announce a new free bets offer for the new season, as the popular firm boost the odds on Jose Mourinho’s side to win from 15/8 to 15/2.

Despite finishing third last season Chelsea will enter the new season as favourites to claim the title as the 15/2 boost is proving very popular with punters, the jovial fiem repoted this morning.

The summer captures of Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Filipe Luiz not to mention the return of Didier Drogba and Thibaut Courtois means that the Blues boasts one of the strongest starting eleven’s in European football.

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The quintet will add to an already strong squad that features the likes of Nemanja Matic, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Ramires, Mo Salah, John Terry and Andre Schurrle.

Given the talent on display at Stamford Bridge perhaps the biggest problem facing manager Jose Mourinho will be who to pick.

With so many attacking options, players are going to be left disappointed and Mourinho will need all his man management skills to keep the fringe players happy.

That shouldn’t worry the Portuguese tactician too much however as player management ranks as one of his strengths.

What will worry Mourinho however is that fact that he has now gone two seasons without a trophy and is enduring his worst drought since he became a manager, not only that but an already competitive league has been enhanced further by the arrival of one of his mentors, Louis Van Gaal and the summer spending of their rivals.

Mind games have played a large part in Mourinho’s psyche since his arrivals in England and it will be interesting to note how the Van Gaal/Mourinho side show pans out. Mourinho has already tried to unsettle the new man with his comments about the signing of Luke Shaw and how it would have broken Chelsea.

The response was typical Van Gaal with the Dutch man revealing he would not be “reacting to that kind of stuff”. Manuel Pellegrini and Brendan Rodgers both played a similar game last season, refusing to engage with Mourinho.

As a manager that thrives on public displays and indeed the attention it brings, the lack of reaction will force Mourinho to focus his attentions elsewhere ensuring the FA and mainstream media are in the firing line.

Wry comments and witty responses aside, Mourinho has assembled a perfectly balanced squad despite the departure of the Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba.

Strong in defence with pace and power up aplenty up front, Chelsea have the squad capable of mounting a challenge on all fronts and Mourinho’s focus will be ensuring that both he and the club don’t finish empty handed.

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Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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