Chelsea Football Club is full of history, and most of it has been written in the last 15 years, when Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003. The Blues, as they are known, have played their matches at Stamford Bridge since they were formed in 1905, and the stadium has grown to hold over 40,000 fans.
Notable players at Chelsea include Peter Osgood, Frank Lampard, who is the all time top goalscorer with 211 goals, Didier Drogba and John Terry. Jose Mourinho is their most successful manager of recent times, winning three Premier League titles over two different spells in charge, as well as three League Cups and the FA Cup on one occasion.
Chelsea have become known as a team willing to spend big to achieve success, and Abramovich has been relentless in his pursuit of that. His millions have helped establish the Blues, with this summer’s one signing Jorginho costing £57million. Their record signing still stands as Alvaro Morata, who arrived last summer for £75million.
Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jamie Cumming
Defenders: Antonio Rüdiger, Temitayo Aina, Marcos Alonso, Fikayo Tomori, Michael Hector, Tomas Kalas, Davide Zappacosta, Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Emerson Palmieri, Reece James
Midfielders: Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, Pedro, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Victor Moses, Willian, Mateo Kovacic
Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud, Christian Pulisic
Chelsea are in for a strange season. Having lost Maurizio Sarri to Juventus this summer, they unveiled the worst kept secret in football in Frank Lampard. Their record goalscorer is now their manager, just one year into his career in the dugout. It is a monumental risk to bring someone in who has only had a season at Derby County to call upon in terms of experience. But having lost Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and with a transfer ban to deal with this summer, and a lot of young players in need of integration with the squad, including Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount, whom Lampard had at Derby last term, the Blues have gone for a man they know will get fans onside. Sarri was far from popular on the terraces despite winning the Europa League and securing a third place finish last term.
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