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. Chelsea have won five Premier League titles in the Abramovich era, in 2004, 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2017, and six overall. They also have eight FA Cups to their name, five of those coming under the current ownership. Chelsea have been a regular fixture in Europe under Abramovich, winning the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League a year later.
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. With just days remaining of the transfer window, it seems as though there won’t be much more spending in West London, but they are undoubtedly going to challenge at the top of the table once again.
Chelsea 2018/19 squad
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Willy Cabellero, Rob Green
Defenders: Antonio Rüdiger, Temitayo Aina, Marcos Alonso, Fikayo Tomori, Michael Hector, Tomas Kalas, Davide Zappacosta, Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Andreas Christensen, Emerson Palmieri
Midfielders: Cesc Fabregas, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley, Pedro, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Ethan Ampadu, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Eden Hazard, Victor Moses, Willian
Forwards: Alvaro Morata, Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud
Chelsea 2017/18 predictions
Chelsea will have been glad to finally kickstart a new era when they replaced Antonio Conte with Maurizio Sarri midway through July. Conte’s departure, while protracted, was expected for quite a while, and the Blues are now looking forward to a new season under yet another manager, one who has a reputation for playing entertaining football after his spell with Napoli. He has signed Jorginho, the Brazilian born Italian midfielder who made his philosophy work in Serie A last season. Chelsea will undoubtedly be a better watch than under Sarri than they were under Conte.
It will be tough for the Blues to regain the Premier League title they lost to Manchester City last season, but if they can keep the likes of Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Willian this summer, they cannot be written off. Liverpool and Manchester City have had good summers in the transfer window, and they will be expected to challenge for the title. Getting Chelsea back into the Champions League will be Sarri’s primary focus and he should be able to do that.
Chelsea 2018/19 best offers
Chelsea to finish in the top four 4/6 with Betfair
Chelsea to win the Premier League 12/1
Maurizio Sarri to be sacked by May 3/1