Until Jose Mourinho addresses the flaws in Chelsea's starting line-up and squad as a whole, they will be unable to challenge effectively at the highest echelons of European football according to Liverpool legend and three-time Champions League winner Graeme Souness, who cites a "lack of strength" in the Stamford Bridge side's strike department as something that will prove costly on the grand stage.
Chelsea take on Galatasaray later this evening, Tuesday, in West London with a place in the Champions League quarterfinal at risk but Souness does not foresee much trouble for the Blues largely due to a: their home strength under the stewardship of Mourinho and b: their defensive form in general.
Beyond the last eight, however, they may struggle: "I don't think they are realistic winners of the Champions League this year," commented Souness, as quoted by Sky Sports. "I just feel they are a little bit short in the obvious areas."
Mourinho has attempted to rectify the attacking deficiency. Last summer, he brought in Samuel Eto'o as a temporary solution but the Cameroon ace has seemingly been no more effective than maligned pair Fernando Torres and Demba Ba. The Portuguese, though, was also eager to recruit Wayne Rooney while he was also linked with Diego Costa throughout the mid-season transfer market.
"The lack of strength in the striking department could cost them in this competition, but also in the Premier League. After tipping Manchester City all season long for the title, I felt Chelsea had emerged as the favourites - but now I'm not so sure after the 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa," Souness concluded.