Founded: 10th March, 1905
Owners: Roman Abramovich
Stadium: The Stamford Bridge
Chelsea have emerged as one of the most successful clubs in the English Premier League in the last few years. The Blues are a late bloomer in English football and Roman Abramovich’s ownership has steered the change.
The Russian-Israeli billionaire took over the club back in 2003 and since then a revolution started in West London. The owner injected money to oversee a complete change at the club which included the foundation of a brand new training ground.
The Blues inaugurated their state of the art Cobham training ground which has all the latest facilities and has been using the ground since then. Roman’s tenure also has seen some terrific performance as the club lifted the Premier League title five times and the Champions League twice.
Chelsea are also regarded as one of the richest football clubs in the world and have managed to put up a stable revenue system that has been active since Roman’s arrival at the club. The current deal in place with Nike brings the club about £60m annually which is one of the highest.
Their transfer policy has also seen them earning millions by selling out players over the years.
Overall the club has managed to put together a successful system that is of massive help to the footballers as well as to the supporters.
Jose Mourinho had a greater influence at the club as he became a household name very soon for his winning antics. The Portuguese wasted very little time in turning Chelsea into one of the European giants and delivered three titles in his two spans of Blues career. The Portuguese is still regarded as an iconic figure at the club and will remain the best manager in Chelsea’s history.
Chelsea: Results in English Premier League
Chelsea had five league titles since the inception of the Premier League. Jose Mourinho provided the Blues with a new identity as the Portuguese delivered three league titles after being appointed manager on two separate occasions at the club. Antonio Conte and Carlo Ancelotti were the two other managers who managed to stamp authority in the league.
Chelsea: Top Scorers in EPL
|1999-2000||Tore Andre Flo||34||10|
|2000-01||Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink||35||23|
|2001-02||Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink||35||23|
|2003-04||Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink||30||12|
Frank Lampard is Chelsea’s highest ever goalscorer. The midfielder scored galore of goals from midfield. The likes of Eden Hazard and Didier Drogba created a path for themselves and managed to finish on a high during their stay at the club.
Chelsea: EPL 2021-22 Fixtures
|August 14, 2021||Saturday||CFC vs Crystal Palace||Stamford Bridge||8:30 PM IST|
|August 22, 2021||Sunday||Arsenal vs CFC||Emirates Stadium||10:00 PM IST|
|August 28, 2021||Saturday||Liverpool vs CFC||Anfield||11:00 PM IST|
|September 11, 2021||Saturday||CFC vs Aston Villa||Stamford Bridge||11:00 PM IST|
|September 19, 2021||Sunday||Tottenham Hotspur vs CFC||Tottenham Hotspur Stadium||10:00 PM IST|
|Saturday 25, 2021||Saturday||CFC vs Manchester City||Stamford Bridge||6:00 PM IST|
|October 2, 2021||Saturday||CFC vs Southampton||Stamford Bridge||8:30 PM IST|
|October 16, 2021||Saturday||Brentford vs CFC||Brentford Community Stadium||11:00 PM IST|
|October 23, 2021||Saturday||CFC vs Norwich City||Stamford Bridge||6:00 PM IST|
|October 30, 2021||Saturday||Newcastle United vs CFC||St James’ Park||8:30 PM IST|
|November 6, 2021||Saturday||CFC vs Burnley||Stamford Bridge||8:30 PM IST|
|November 20, 2021||Saturday||Leicester City vs CFC||King Power Stadium||6:00 PM IST|
|November 28, 2021||Sunday||CFC vs Manchester United||Stamford Bridge||10:00 PM IST|
|December 2, 2021||Thursday||Watford vs CFC||Vicarage Road||1:00 AM IST|
|December 4, 2021||Saturday||West Ham United vs CFC||London Stadium||6:00 PM IST|
|December 11, 2021||Saturday||CFC vs Leeds United||Stamford Bridge||8:30 PM IST|
|December 17, 2021||Friday||CFC vs Everton||Stamford Bridge||1:15 AM IST|
|December 19, 2021||Sunday||Wolves vs CFC||Molineux Stadium||7:30 PM IST|
|December 26, 2021||Sunday||Aston Villa vs CFC||Villa Park||11:00 PM IST|
|December 30, 2021||Thursday||CFC vs Brighton & Hove Albion||Stamford Bridge||1:00 AM IST|
|January 2, 2022||Sunday||CFC vs Liverpool||Stamford Bridge||10:00 PM IST|
|January 15, 2022||Saturday||Manchester City vs CFC||Etihad Stadium||6:00 PM IST|
|January 23, 2022||Sunday||CFC vs Tottenham Hotspur||Stamford Bridge||10:00 PM IST|
|January 19, 2022||Wednesday||Brighton & Hove Albion vs CFC||AMEX Stadium||1:30 AM IST|
|February 12, 2022||Saturday||CFC vs Arsenal||Stamford Bridge||8:30 PM IST|
|February 19, 2022||Saturday||Crystal Palace vs CFC||Selhurst Park||8:30 PM IST|
|February 27, 2022||Sunday||CFC vs Leicester City||Stamford Bridge||7:30 PM IST|
|March 5, 2022||Saturday||Burnley vs CFC||Turf Moor||8:30 PM IST|
|March 13, 2022||Sunday||CFC vs Newcastle United||Stamford Bridge||8:30 PM IST|
|March 19, 2022||Saturday||Norwich City vs CFC||Carrow Road||8:30 PM IST|
|April 2, 2022||Saturday||CFC vs Brentford||Stamford Bridge||8:30 PM IST|
|April 9, 2022||Saturday||Southampton vs CFC||St Mary’s||8:30 PM IST|
|April 16, 2022||Saturday||Leeds United vs CFC||Elland Road||8:30 PM IST|
|April 23, 2022||Saturday||CFC vs West Ham United||Stamford Bridge||8:30 PM IST|
|April 30, 2022||Saturday||Everton vs CFC||Goodison Park||8:30 PM IST|
|May 7, 2022||Saturday||CFC vs Wolves||Stamford Bridge||8:30 PM IST|
|May 15, 2022||Sunday||Manchester United vs CFC||Old Trafford||8:30 PM IST|
|May 22, 2022||Sunday||CFC vs Watford||Stamford Bridge||9:30 PM IST|
Chelsea: Squad for EPL 2021-22
GoalKeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli
Defenders: Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Andreas Christensen, Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Malang Sarr
Midfielders: Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Saul Niguez, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount
Forwards: Romelu Lukaku, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kai Havertz, Kenedy
Chelsea brought in Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan by paying a whopping transfer fee and also roped in Saul from Atletico Madrid on summer deadline day. Trevoh Chalobah has been promoted to the senior team and has made significant progress.
CFC: Interesting EPL stats
Chelsea jointly accumulated the most number of points at home (55) in a season in the Premier League. They also spent 274 days on top of the league which is also a joint record. They also recorded 18 home wins in a season which is also a joint record.
Chelsea also had the most consecutive wins (9) from the start of a season. In 2005-06 they defeated all their opponents at least once in that season. In 2004-05, 2005-06,2006-07, 2007-08 and 2014-15 seasons Chelsea didn’t lose a single match which is also a record. They went on to have an unbeaten streak of home games for 86 matches. In the 2004-05 season, they only conceded 15 goals. They also scored the most number of goals (68) at home in the 2009-10 season.
They also leaked the fewest away goals (9) in the 2004-05 season. They amassed the most number (1774) of yellow cards in the league.
London rivals Arsenal are considered to be Chelsea’s main rival. The West Londoners faced their North Londoners several times and the latter does have an edge over their rivals.
Chelsea vs Arsenal Head to Head
Road Ahead for CFC
With the Champions League trophy last season, the Blues are on the right track it seems and they will try to win the Premier League once under the guidance of Thomas Tuchel. Tuchel oversaw a massive overhaul since his arrival at the club following the departure of Frank Lampard.
Tuchel has done good work at Stamford Bridge and is likely to remain manager for the next season too. But frequent managerial changes have been a case for the West London giants. Roman Abramovich era has seen some galore of trophies and it has also witnessed the most number of managers changing hands at the club.
Tuchel’s appointment made him the 13th manager in the Roman era and despite so many ins and outs, Chelsea have managed to churn out successive trophies since 2003. The likes of Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte delivered silverware during their tenure and the trend is going on.
When it comes to finances and management the club is very well positioned. Marina Granovskaia has been the Chelsea director for quite some time and he has the last say in the transfers. Her involvement saw some massive incomings and outgoings at the club and she was also behind the scenes for the Nike sponsorship deal.
She is regarded as one of the most powerful women in world football and is leading from the front at the West London club. Roman has turned Chelsea into one of the powerhouses of world football and they are likely to play an influential part in English football.
Like Manchester United and Arsenal the Londoners also have a significant presence of supporters all over the globe. Excess of 40000 people can sit and enjoy football during match days. There were plans of revamping the stadium to increase the capacity as the stadium still lacks way behind Old Trafford and Emirates Stadium.
The plan has been put on hold as of now and it remains to be seen when can the hierarchy implement the renovation.