Former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele has suggested that the numerous changes the club have made this season will work against their chances of winning the Premier League.
Maurizio Sarri is working to do away with the defensive mentality at the club and implement a free-flowing possession based and attacking style of football.
Regardless of the Blues’ garnering of 12 points in the opening 4 games of the season, Makelele doubts if they can maintain the pace.
In a chat with Daily Star, Makelele said: “I think Chelsea changed a lot,”
“Before now you have a lot of teams in the Premier League, it’s competitive.
“Manchester City, Manchester United, and also the smaller teams have good players.
“So, it’s going to be difficult for them to win the Premier League.”
It can be recalled that Makelele joined Chelsea from Real Madrid in 2003 during the Claudio Ranieri era for a reported £16.8m.
The Frenchman went on to play 144 times for the Blues in the Premier League in a five-year spell at Stamford Bridge.
Makelele was a key member of the squad that won consecutive Premier League titles under Jose Mourinho in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.
Makelele has seen his share of Chelsea’s ruthlessness when it comes to doing away with managers and bringing in replacements.
However, he understands the positives that can be derived from such a move if good leadership and winning football are in place.
Makelele believes that Sarri can succeed at Chelsea although the club hardly gives managers the required time to sort things out.