Totally Buzzed is previewing every single Premier League team ahead of the 2021/2022 campaign and now it is the turn of Chelsea.
How last season went:
It was a tale of two halves when it came to Chelsea’s latest campaign. The London club ejected Frank Lampard from the Stamford Bridge hot-seat in January with the club sat ninth in the league, having won only one of their previous five league matches. The Blues opted to hire Thomas Tuchel and went on an inspired run of form upon his arrival, which saw the club end up finishing fourth in the Premier League. As for other competitions, Tottenham defeated the Blues via penalties to eliminate them from the EFL Cup in the fourth round of the contest and Leicester City denied the Blues FA Cup glory as Brendan Rodgers’ side defeated the London club 1-0 in the final of the tournament. However, the Blues did end up adding another piece of silverware to their trophy cabinet as they lifted the illustrious Champions League trophy as they beat Manchester City in the final thanks to a Kai Havertz goal. So all-in-all, Chelsea supporters will no doubt be pleased with how their latest campaign turned out, but will surely expect Tuchel to push on and bring home the Premier League trophy in his first full season in charge.
Chelsea’s Premier League Stats – 2020/21:
*According to the PremierLeague.com*
Chelsea Player Stats – 2020/21:
Top Scorer Across All Competitions: Timo Werner – 12 goals in 52 appearances (0.28 goals per 90minutes, 319 minutes per goal) & Tammy Abraham – 12 goals in 32 outings (0.7 goals per 90minutes, 319 minutes per goal)
Top Scorer – Premier League Only: Jorginho – 7 goals in 28 outings (288 minutes per goal)
Most Assists Across All Competitions: Werner – 11 assists in 52 appearances (1.87 chances created per 90minutes)
Most Assists – Premier League Only: Werner – 8 assists in 35 outings
Most Tackles Per Game (On Average) – Premier League Only: N’Golo Kante (2.6 per match)
Most Minutes Played Across Premier League Fixtures – Top 3:
- Mason Mount – 2892 minutes 2. Edouard Mendy – 2746 minutes 3.Werner – 2608 minutes
1st five league fixtures:
Crystal Palace (H): Chelsea cruised past Crystal Palace home and away last season as the Blues defeated Roy Hodgson’s side 4-0 at Stamford Bridge before beating them 4-1 at Selhurst Park in April.
Arsenal (A): Mikel Arteta’s side won both their league encounters with Chelsea last season, with the Gunners recording a 1-0 win over The Blues at Stamford Bridge and achieving a 3-1 victory at The Emirates.
Liverpool (A): Liverpool comfortably defeated Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in September, with the Blues playing the entire second-half with just 10-men due to Andreas Christensen seeing red. However, the Blues got revenge against Jurgen Klopp’s side in March as a Mount goal saw them earn a narrow 1-0 win at Anfield.
Aston Villa (H): The Villians ended a six-game losing streak at the hands of Chelsea, dating back to September 2014, last season as they didn’t suffer a defeat at the hands of the London club in the 2020/21 campaign. Villa drew with the Blues 1-1 at Stamford Bridge and managed to beat the London club when hosting them at Villa Park, 2-1.
Tottenham (A): Chelsea and Tottenham couldn’t be separated when the pair met at Stamford Bridge in November as their clash ended 0-0. However, a winner did emerge in the form of Chelsea when the pair battled at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in February, with Jorginho scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.
Chelsea Fan Perspective: Jack (@JaackDaniel2 on Twitter)
Best Player: N’Golo Kante; he is the equivalent of having three players in the midfield. He can attack and defend. He is the most vital player in our team.
Promising youngster: Kai Havertz; he has shown his ability to show up in the big games such as the Euros and Champions League final. Also Valentino Livramento; he will offer depth in an area we are currently lacking options. This will be his first taste of first-team football, and at 18 where better for that than Chelsea? I can see him playing more cup games than premier league matches but it depends if he goes out on loan.
Likely to surprise people: Timo Werner; I think he will hit the ground running this season but he needed an introductory year. With Covid, he lacked a support system here in the UK but now he has the experience and support to allow for a successful season. I’m expecting 20 goals from him this season, ambitious but proven to be possible from his time at Leipzig.
Thoughts on the manager: I was skeptical, at first. Not because of his quality, but because of the fans’ reaction following the loss of a legend in Frank Lampard. All ex-players under Tuchel’s management have referenced his tactical knowledge, which compliments Chelsea’s game style, as seen through previous managers including Mourinho and Conte.
Dream Transfer: Haaland; strikers are always the downfall of Chelsea. In order to have a successful career as a striker in our team, you need to be a fighter. You need to have a dirty side to win no matter what. Players such as Drogba and Costa exhibited this with us and Haaland is the next star with those attributes.
Realistic Transfer: Varane; one year left on his Madrid contract, with no plans to sign a new one. Asking price in the region of 40-50 million euros. Been at the top of the game for 6+ years, World Cup winner, 4 CL trophies, and a natural leader that Chelsea would benefit from.
Player I fear leaving: Abraham; came through the Chelsea ranks, constantly being told he wouldn’t make it, yet performs at every club he’s been at (except at Swansea, despite being relegated this had nothing to do with his performances). During his first season at Chelsea, he netted 15 times in his debut premier league campaign, a tough feat for any player. This shows with the right service, he will score whatever team he plays for.
League expectation: A trophy. Minimum. At Chelsea, there is a demand for success, which Roman brought in when he bought the club. Whether that’s the FA Cup, Champions League or the Carabao Cup. Top 3 is also a necessity.
League Prediction: 2nd
Biggest Rival This Season/Love It If We Beat them: Rival for the title is Man City, as they are current champions. On a personal level, Arsenal. They like to make a rivalry despite their team quality not matching Chelsea’s. They have invested heavily in their team, which could make for an interesting battle across the next few seasons.
Any Other Comments about Chelsea: Frank took the job too soon. However, no manager was going to take Chelsea in a transfer ban and following the loss of their best player (Hazard). Fans should be a bit more appreciative of the foundations he laid for Tuchel to go on and win the Champions League for a second time.