Chelsea placed third in the Premier League last season, but after falling so far behind Liverpool and Manchester City, they’ll want a better performance in the year to come. With standouts like Willian, Salah and Loftus-Cheek staying for the next season, the squad looks strong. But amid rumors of Hazard leaving during Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban, the club will look for the squad to go above and beyond for a good result this season.
More history is being made in England. The Super Cup will be contested between Chelsea and Liverpool. For the longest time, the Spanish clubs have been competing for the Super Cup which is about 15 times. In the second place, the Italians have contested for it nine times while England has only had seven chances. The 44th edition of the competition will be held in Istanbul.
Chelsea are one of the biggest clubs in the world, but there is a feeling this summer things could change at Stamford Bridge… for good. There is a transfer ban over the Blues, Maurizio Sarri has left and so has star player Eden Hazard. Meanwhile, in Frank Lampard, they have appointed a manager who has just one year of experience in management, and that too in the second tier. The feeling among many Chelsea fans is that this could be a crucial summer in the future of the London club.
Chelsea are on the verge of securing the long-term future of youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek according to a report published by The Sun. The report added that the Englishman has agreed to sign a new five year deal with the club.
Frank Lampard, who played for the Chelsea club for 13 seasons, has today been confirmed to become the manager of the team. Lampard declared that he’s very happy to be returning as the coach of Chelsea, as he loves not only the club but also the time he has spent with it.
Despite a top-four finish, making the Carabao Cup final and winning the Europa League this season there has still been a bit of a sour taste left by the season as a whole. It has felt like Sarri has been under pressure almost the entire season, this came to a head when Kepa undermined his authority in the Carabao Cup.
Frank Lampard is set to be unveiled as Chelsea manager imminently after a lone season with Derby County.
Chelsea will need experienced players to be at the forefront and guide the younger talent next season. Realistically, fans cannot expect the Blues to win major silverware next term, though they can expect the club to lay down the foundation for young stars to come through the ranks. The following are two players who are likely to be playing their final season at Stamford Bridge next term.
1. Olivier Giroud
Had the transfer ban not been in place, it is likely that the Blues would have not triggered the option to keep Giroud for a further season. As thing stand, it is uncertain whether Gonzalo Higuain will remain at the club beyond this summer. This could mean that Giroud could end up being the only experienced specialist striker in the team. The Frenchman did not get regular game time in the Premier League during the past season but was an important part of the Europa League triumph as he scored 11 goals from 14 appearances in Europe’s second-tier club competition. Giroud may be past his prime but he will have an important role to play for the West Londoners next season.
2. David Luiz
Luiz was a key part of the Blues defence this past season. He, along with Antonio Rudiger, was used as first-choice centre-back throughout the season. Luiz signed a new two-year contract with the Blues in May. At 32 years old, he still has a lot left in him and may have to play a big role for the club next season on and off the field. If however, his body ends up giving up on him or he ends up being overlooked in favour of a younger centre-back, next season could end up being his final one with the Blues. It remains to be seen if Andreas Christensen will be favoured over Luiz next season.
As things stand, Frank Lampard is the favourite to succeed Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager. Blues fans are generally mixed towards the possible appointment of the club legend. This article will analyze why some feel that Super Frank is ready for the Blues hot-seat and why some feel that appointing him at this point in time could prove to be disastrous.
Maurizio Sarri wants to sign Jorginho for Juventus, according to a report published by the Sun. Jorginho is very clearly a favourite of the 60-year-old, who signed him for the Blues from Napoli during the summer of 2018.
The 2018/2019 season recently came to an end and the Blues had a largely decent run despite some hiccups along the way. To sum up their campaign performance, here are some of the important statistics worth reviewing.
During the heyday of his career with Chelsea, Ashley Cole was regarded as one of the best defenders in the world. He is also arguably one of the most talented English players of the past generation. However, off the field, Cole does not really enjoy a good reputation, with many people disliking him. The following are just some of the reasons why this is the case.
As the time for transfers and changes has arrived, Chelsea seems to be undergoing some major reconstruction as well. What will be of greater concern to Chelsea fans is that it could also be the last time that Eden Hazard plays for the club. Zinedine Zidane has made the Belgian his number one transfer target this summer and with just a year left on his contract, it seems as though Hazard’s annual link to Real Madrid could finally come to fruition.
Gary Cahill ended his time with Chelsea at the end of the past season following several good years of service. During the period, he helped the club to win two Premier League titles, two FA Cups, one League Cup, two Europa Leagues and one Champions League.
Marcos Alonso is being linked with a move to Atletico Madrid, according to a report published by the Sun. Atleti are expected to undergo a squad overhaul this summer after Lucas Hernandez left to join Bayern Munich and with the likes of Diego Godin, Juanfran and Filipe Luis also expected to soon leave.
Chelsea legend Petr Cech played his last professional game during Arsenal’s 4-1 demolition against his old club during the Europa League final. It would have been a bittersweet moment for the 36-year-old. He would have wanted to have ended his time with the Gunners by helping them win something following years of under-achievement but at the same time, he would have been happy to see his old club with whom he spent more than a decade win something, especially as it was his old pal Eden Hazard’s farewell match.
Chelsea are undergoing one of the most interesting and challenging periods in their history. They are set to part ways with club legend Eden Hazard, while they are also set to face a two-window transfer ban.
Chelsea ace Pedro believes that the Premier League has proven itself this season. For a long time, people have stated that the Premier League is the most competitive League in the world. Critics of this view have pointed to the fact that Premier League clubs have struggled to win the Champions League. Prior to this season, the last time that an English club won the Champions League was back in 2012 when Chelsea did so.
Chelsea face an interesting summer transfer window. Not only are they set to face a two-window transfer ban, they might also have to part ways with attacking star Eden Hazard. Hazard has been a key player for the Blues since his arrival at the club during the summer of 2012. He has once again been arguably its best player again this season as he has gone on to score 16 goals and provide 15 assists from 37 games in the Premier League.
Chelsea sealed a place in the top four and next seasons Champions League following their 3-0 win over Watford at the weekend. The season has been one of highs and lows for the Blues and there was talk that Sarri could be sacked during the low points.
As one of the world’s elite clubs, Chelsea are privileged to be able to regularly sign top talent. However, there are times when they may lose out. The following are some well-known players that the Blues nearly signed throughout recent years.
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham is a target for Everton, according to a report published by The Sun. The youngster, who has spent the season out on loan with Aston Villa in the Championship, has shone as he has so far scored 25 goals from 37 appearances.
Despite the controversy of his departure, Chelsea fans should be relieved that Antonio Conte got rid of former striker Diego Costa. Make no mistake, the Spaniard is a talented player but he has serious attitude problems and does not seem to learn from his mistakes.
In February, Chelsea were slapped with a two-window transfer ban. FIFA found the West Londoners guilty of irregularities in terms of how they had signed young players. If the transfer ban stands, the Blues will have to consider integrating players out on loan into the first team.
Loot boxes, or loot crates, have been a hot topic in the video game industry for the past couple of years. Central to the debate is EA Sports’ long-running FIFA football simulation series, and its increasingly lucrative Ultimate Team (FUT) mode.