Chelsea entered into the start of a new era after the appointment of club legend Frank Lampard as the new head coach ahead of the 19-20 season. Frank Lampard succeeded Maurizio Sarri who ended his London stay after lifting the Europa League last season. Chelsea also lost their star player Eden Hazard who fulfilled his childhood dream and moved to Real Madrid.
Considering the departure of their star player and the transfer ban imposed on them, Chelsea FC has done an impeccable job this season . Sitting amongst the top 4, Frank Lampard’s Blue boys have progressed well as a team this season. Chelsea has defied all expectation and reached the FA Cup finals this season. They also managed to qualify for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea’s all-time leading goal-scorer has brought in a certain resurgence in the squad by providing debuts to over 8 academy graduates in just over 12 months at the helm of the London club. Alongside Jody Morris and the coaching staff, he has backed them to perform at the highest level. In return, the youngsters have not disappointed.
Players in Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, and Reece James have established themselves as first team regulars. Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus Cheek were also a vital cog in Chelsea’s successful Europa league campaign last year.
The rise of Scotland’s Billy Gilmour amongst the ranks is also a clear indication of Chelsea’s progression.
The club has transformed itself into a bold strong personality that doesn’t shy away from any challenge and are always up to the task. The 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge against Ajax in the Champions’ League Group Stage is the perfect example of this.
It’s also worth noticing that Chelsea, just suffered a 92 million loss on its books last year. It is amongst the least affected clubs amid the corona outbreak. With clubs consequently expected to suffer massive losses, Chelsea sit comfortably well as they prepare for the 20-21 summer transfer window.
However, all is not good in the London club’s hood as they face defensive issues. Kepa Arrizabalaga has been in horrendous form between the sticks this season. The team’s ability to defend set pieces is also under the radar. Fans also have quite often scrutinized individual errors and poor positioning responsible for leaving them conceding so many chances.
Chelsea’s defenders have collectively failed as a unit forcing Frank Lampard to chop and change the backline time and again. This has given him some serious headaches ahead of their 20-21 season.
With players sales and loan fees, alongside qualification in to the Champion’s League knockouts, Chelsea has possibly built a solid war chest for the next transfer market. Rumoured to sign Declan Rice, Ben Chilwell, Regulion and Havertz, Chelsea seems to be moving in the right direction. Consequently, they could be the dark horses in the title race next season.
Stranded without their star player and a transfer ban, Chelsea have done understandably well this season with an inexperienced manager coaching a squad under transition. However, they need to be clear about Kepa’s situation at the club and sort their defence, in order to compete for the title next season.
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