Could this Chelsea side emulate the legendary Arsenal team?
With Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho keen to play down talk that his current Blues side could emulate the famous Arsenal team of 2003/04 and go a whole season unbeaten, CaughtOffside takes a look at each player in the teams’ best XI’s and sees who looks stronger.
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Although it is a bit early to say how good this Chelsea team can be in comparison to one of the Premier League’s finest, there is so much quality in this squad that could be in good shape to dominate for some time.
Here’s a look at who’s stronger in each position:
GK: Jens Lehman vs Thibaut Courtois
Both great goalkeepers, but while Thibaut Courtois has shown some early promise, he is yet to truly prove himself in the way that Jens Lehmann did in many years of top service for Arsenal.
DR: Lauren vs Branislav Ivanovic
Although a strong right-back, Lauren is not the great all-round player that Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic is, with the Serbian getting the nod here.
DL: Ashley Cole vs Cesar Azpilicueta
Before becoming a great player for Chelsea, Ashley Cole was also a highly promising youngster at Arsenal, and reached new heights in the Invincibles season as he established himself as one of the best left-backs in the world.