Cesc Fabregas believes that the impact of summer signings Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner can make Chelsea “so powerful this year”.
The attacking duo have 10 goal contributions between them in eight league matches as Chelsea have found their form.
“He [Ziyech] has this vision that you need in a top team like Chelsea who wants to win and be champions,” Fabregas said.
“It’s true that they were a team a little bit lacking ideas in the last season and maybe at the beginning of this season.
“‘But yeah, with Ziyech, you can see that he has this last pass. An it’s not only that he sees it, it’s that he makes it right and at the right time.
“This is the decision-making we talk about nowadays. Why are coaches so tactical? Because they see that the decision-making of the players is not that good. So they need to teach them always what to do.
“You know, before, I believe coaches were not so much on top of the player because they felt maybe that there wasn’t so much need because they felt maybe that there wasn’t so much need because already the players sort it by themselves.
“I think he’s one of these players that makes things happen. Things that, when the defenders or the centre-backs don’t expect you to make that pass and you catch them sleeping.
“And you have someone like Timo Werner making great runs in behind. I think this is where Chelsea could be so powerful this year.”
Palace turn to Chelsea misfit
Crystal Palace are reportedly looking at Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso as a potential replacement for out-of-contract star Patrick van Aanholt.
Dutchman Van Aanholt is one of a several Eagles players whose deals run out at the end of the season.
Though the club hope the popular left-back remains, there is strong interest in Alonso as an alternative. Marseille’s Jordan Amavi also being tracked, as per the report in the Daily Mail.
Alonso has fallen out of favour at Chelsea this season after the big-money arrival of Ben Chilwell.
Indeed, the 29-year-old has not featured since being subbed at half-time when they were 3-0 down at West Brom in September.
There were reports the disgruntled Spaniard then tried to watch the second half of that match on the team bus. That prompted a furious reaction from Lampard and has led to Alonso’s absence.