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Best Ever Chelsea Players

Chelsea Football Club, it’s a team shrouded in pride and historical greats. The Blues have played some truly breathtaking football over the years, and they continue to do so under Frank Lampard today. They have entertained fans at Stamford Bridge week in and week out this season, and if you fancy a wager on them – use the gentpromocode and see what could be in store for you.

Chelsea F.C. really has enjoyed some mega success stories, both domestically and internationally. Yet to enjoy the success that they evidently have, they have needed to attract some superstars to the club in the past. This reality piqued our interest, and Chelsea’s all time greats are detailed right here.

1. Didier Drogba

With over 100 goals for Chelsea and almost single handedly winning the Champions League final for them in 2012, Drogba is an absolute legend at the club. Many hail his ability in ‘clutch’ matches as something almost superhuman, and both Sir Alex Ferguson and Gianfranco Zola have acknowledged this in the past.

2. John Terry

Some people refer to the ‘infamous John Terry’ these days due to his behavior off the pitch, but on the pitch he was undeniably a Chelsea great. In fact, his peers had previously voted Terry as player of the year in his first season. It was only fitting that he went on to captain the Chelsea squad a few years later, and he was undoubtedly a favorite of Jose Mourinho at the time. Terry was also a critical part of the Champions League squad during their 2012 triumph.

3. Gianfranco Zola

Zola was a bit of an Italian magician during his glory days at Chelsea, and he certainly drove Sir Alex Ferguson around the bend a few times! He really was a skillful player who had the ability to create chances out of nowhere, and he did it with that typical bit of Italian wizardry. He scored over 70 goals during his time at Chelsea, and he lifted a total of 2 FA Cup trophies above his head.

4. Frank Lampard

Current Chelsea manager Frank Lampard just could not be left out from this list! Lampard has been an admirable Chelsea leader in his time, and his thunderbolt long-range shots used to strike fear into Chelsea opposition. The fact that he is Chelsea’s third top-scorer of all-time when he was actually a midfield player says it all really. He was never afraid to take a pop at goal, which led to Lampard scoring over 170 goals for Chelsea on his way to lifting the Premier League title a respectable 3 times.

These four legends have already gone down in history at the club, and Lampard is now making a commendable go at leading the Blues as their manager. He has proven to be moderately successful so far, but as we all know – the Chelsea fans demand trophies and they are thirsty after their recent drought! He’s got a lot to live up to after the success of Mourinho at the club, but Frankie might just be able to pull it off.

What Chelsea’s Best XI Could Look Like in Five Years

Chelsea are having an excellent season so far and look nailed on for a top-four finish – but what will their team look like in five years?

We come up with our best guess. 

Goalkeeper: Nathan Baxter

The ball-playing goalkeeper has excellent distribution; he shone at Yeovil last season and is now thriving at Ross County. He signed a five-year contract in 2018 and is clearly well-thought-of.

Right-back: Reece James

Having starred at Wigan last season, James brings athleticism, remarkable maturity and unique technical quality to the Latics.

It may not be long before James takes the right-back spot off Cesar Azpilicueta…

Centre-backs: Kurt Zouma and Jake Clarke-Salter

Short-term, Chelsea may look next summer for a low-risk, experienced defender to shore things up.

Long-term, we may see a pairing of the powerful Kurt Zouma and Jake Clarke-Salter, who can play but also has a passionate desire to defend. 

Left-back: Ben Chilwell

Chilwell is thriving this season at Leicester; he is showing incredible pace and stamina whilst adding maturity to his game.

Once Chelsea’s transfer ban is lifted, they may have the wherewithal to offer the impressive left-back a bigger salary than Leicester can.

Holding midfielder: Lisandro Martinez

Jorginho may not be a first-teamer at Chelsea when he is 32; a long-term replacement could be Lisandro Martinez.

The Ajax midfielder possesses many of Jorginho’s qualities but is perhaps stronger and more aggressive off the ball.

All-action midfielder: Ethan Ampadu

Ampadu looks the perfect long-term replacement for N’Golo Kante, showing his maturity for the Welsh national team.

The midfielder does a lot of covering work, he is clever in his challenges and has plenty of energy; the 19-year-old can progress the ball after winning it, too.

Advanced playmaker: Mason Mount

After proving himself on loan at Vitesse and Derby, Mount has earnt his chance in the Premier League this term.

As well as his creativity, Mount has scored four Premier League goals so far and is always in the thick of the action. He’s been outstanding under Lampard at two different clubs.

Right-winger: Jadon Sancho

The tricky winger is among the most exciting players in world football and, having been sold by Man City to Dortmund in 2017, may favour a return to England.

It’s a bit of an outside shot but Sancho can be backed at 20/1 with some bookmakers to move to Chelsea.

Left-winger: Christian Pulisic

Pulisic may be competing with Callum Hudson-Odoi for that left-sided spot for a long time.

Hudson-Odoi’s pace is an obvious threat and the 19-year-old has potential but for now, Lampard appears to favour the all-round quality of Pulisic.

Striker: Tammy Abraham

Abraham has starred since coming into this Chelsea team; he has used his athleticism to great effect and scored 10 goals in 13 Premier League appearances.

Abraham is amongst the frontrunners for this year’s PFA Young Player of the Year award after his lightning-fast start to life in the Premier League. You can get odds of around 11/4 for Abraham lifting the title along with no risk free bet offers from Freebets.uk.

It would certainly represent a big statement for Abraham. He’s competing for the award against his fellow Blues teammate Mason Mount. The midfielder is a little behind Abraham in the betting odds but a small dip in form could change that. Abraham, meanwhile, is even as low as 5/1 to become finish this season as the Premier League top goalscorer.

With 10 goals already, Abraham has proven a lot of people wrong. He’s a potential world-class star in the making.

Frank Lampard Has Proven To Be An Apt Manager

Let’s face it, most people thought that Frank Lampard would not succeed as manager of Chelsea when he was appointed to lead the club last summer. Those who doubted the club legend were justified in doing so. He, after all, had to navigate the club through a very difficult period amidst the two window transfer ban and inability to bring in a direct replacement for Eden Hazard, who almost single-handedly guided the club to a top four finish last season.

Looking Backwards to Go Forwards

Taking away the blue-tinted glasses and the benefit of hindsight, let’s image that—in the height of the summer—I had been asked what the gist of the articles would be come early November. I would be lying if I would have said with anything approaching certainty that they would be positive, never mind glowing. On the back of the sale of Chelsea’s best player and the transfer ban (even though they hardly came as a surprise), combined with the appointment of a very wet-behind-the-ears manager, the future was not necessarily looking rosy.

Chelsea’s 2019/20 Season So Far

The 2018/19 season was a tough year for Chelsea that was best written off as “character building”. It started off well, with Chelsea winning their first five games and not losing a match until they played Tottenham Hotspur away on 24th November. This 3-1 defeat was the first of 8 losses in the Premier League, but this was still fewer than all but two teams in the league. Finishing third overall in the Premier League, and therefore securing a place in the Champions League, was a good consolation.

Reaching the EFL Cup final was another high of the season, with many thinking that Chelsea could go all the way, only to be bitterly disappointed when they were beaten 3-4 in a penalty shootout against Manchester City. A second UEFA Europa League win, beating London rivals Arsenal, was one of the highlights of the year—one that Chelsea hoped to build on for 2019/20.

Frank Lampard

Photo by @cfcunofficial (Chelsea Debs) London, CC BY-SA 2.0

One of the biggest changes over the summer break was that former Chelsea player, Frank Lampard, was appointed as the team’s manager. Lampard spent 13 years of his career playing for Chelsea between 2001 and 2014, and had been managing Derby County since 2018. This didn’t get off to a great start, though; the team’s first competitive game ended in a 4-0 loss to Manchester United, the biggest first-game defeat for a Chelsea Manager since 1978.

Lampard’s second game also ended in a loss in the UEFA Super Cup, drawing 2-2 against Liverpool and then losing 5-4 in a penalty shootout. It wasn’t until 24th August, when Chelsea played Norwich City away, that Lampard led the team to their first victory together. It was then a whole month before they secured their first home win, this time in an EFL Cup game against Grimsby Town, a League Two side.

Finding Their Feet

Despite a less-than-perfect start to the season, Chelsea have begun to show progress. Their attacking has improved significantly and, despite defeat, they looked impressive against Liverpool, who under Jurgen Klopp, are one of the most formidable attacking teams in the Premier League right now.

Chelsea are where (or thereabouts) they were likely to be at this point in the season. There is still a lot that can change; but looking at their performance so far, fans looking to place wagers on Chelsea, using bookmakers like Oddschecker, will likely want to look at factors like the abnormally-high number of goals they have conceded so far this season.

Performance in September has been an improvement on earlier in the season. The latest match against Liverpool saw Chelsea lose again, but the 2-1 defeat was a show of force by the blues. Their attacking form is on the up, and the changes Frank Lampard has been making are beginning to bring a return.

The initial poor performance in the Champions League can still be turned around, but the odds are stacked against them, and with Ajax and Valencia in their group, this won’t be a simple task.

Outlook

A new manager starting with poor performances is not uncommon and does not always point to inherent problems that will remain for their tenure. Instead, it is often a sign that the new manager is making changes to the structure and style of the team that will take a few games to bed in. This certainly seems to be the case with Frank Lampard at Chelsea. The catastrophic opening day loss to Manchester United is far behind them now, and the team is on the up.

Whilst no one expects Chelsea to be able to take on the dominance of Liverpool and Manchester City this year, a 2019/20 season packed with solid performances will be a way for Lampard to lay down some solid foundations for a title-challenging campaign in a few years. Sitting 5th at this stage of the season, with a new manager that has a long history at the club and improving performance, is a position many teams would love to find themselves in.

Header Photo by Vespa125125CFC, CC BY-SA 3.0

Lampard Admits Frustration with Chelsea’s Current Situation

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted that he is frustrated with the club’s current situation. The Blues played out to a 2-2 draw against Sheffield United during their most recent Premier League game last weekend. They looked on course to record their second consecutive victory of the season as they led the game 2-0 at one point after Tammy Abraham bagged a hat-trick but they eventually blew their lead and Chris Wilder’s men showed fortitude to come back.

Tammy Abraham a Rare Highlight for Chelsea

With Matchday 4 of the Premier League season done and dusted, the Blues do not look like they are capable of challenging for a top four finish this season. They have only won won game under Frank Lampard thus far, and that came against newly promoted Norwich City. With all due respect to the Canaries, one would expect a team which wants to challenge for a top four finish to comprehensively defeat them.