Tim Rolls takes us through his upcoming book Diamond, Dynamos and Devils: The Transformation of Chelsea FC under Tommy Docherty. Rolls talks about the changes to the culture and stature of Chelsea FC during Docherty's term. He lays bare the contrast between the game, the personalities and the culture of Chelsea 1961-1967 and the modern game; and how that span overturned life at Stamford Bridge.
Nathaniel Chalobah's and Nathan Ake's transfers brought added scrutiny to Chelsea's youth and loan policy. Jeremie Boga's take-notice performance in the friendly against Arsenal briefly raised hopes that he might stay, but another loan is in his best interests - and the realm of possibility. Rayna, Ajitesh and George talk about the purpose of Chelsea's academy, and the chances for new faces in this season's starting XI.
Chelsea need to reinforce their squad's wingbacks, but few top-level wingbacks are on the transfer market. George and Barrett debate buying vs. adapting players to fill the unique role, along with the latest chapter of Diego Costa drama and Chelsea's next backup goalkeeper.
Virgil van Dijk would be a nonsensical purchase given the depth of ability and character among Chelsea's centre-backs. Timeouye Bakayoko, on the other hand, could complete Chelsea's midfield. George and Barrett rate the Blues' top transfer prospects, discuss Eden Hazard's and Antonio Conte's long-term future at the club and debate the complicated legacy of John Terry.
Antonio Conte's 3-4-3 has become a catch-all explanation for Chelsea's Premier League title. Conte made significant decisions big and small to execute the formation and bring together a broken team. Rayna, Travis and George unpack the 3-4-3, and discuss how the league's tactical battles gave way to basic management and leadership.