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Chelsea 2020-2021: Defense Optional

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Felt like pulling the trigger this morning. If you don't like the thread title, take it up with management. 

Club History

6X ENGLISH CHAMPION

16/17 ,  14/15 ,  09/10 ,  05/06 ,  04/05 ,  54/55

1X CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WINNER

11/12

8X FA CUP WINNER

17/18 ,  11/12 ,  09/10 ,  08/09 ,  06/07 ,  99/00 ,  96/97 ,  69/70

5X ENGLISH LEAGUE CUP WINNER

14/15 ,  06/07 ,  04/05 ,  97/98 ,  64/65

2X EUROPA LEAGUE WINNER

18/19 ,  12/13

2X CUP WINNERS CUP WINNER

97/98 ,  70/71

1X UEFA SUPERCUP WINNER

98/99

4X ENGLISH SUPERCUP WINNER

09/10 ,  05/06 ,  00/01 ,  55/56

Last Season:

  • 4th in Premier League
  • Lost in UEFA Super Cup - Chelsea 2 - Liverpool 2 (4-5 on pens)
  • Lost in FA Cup Final - Chelsea 1 - Arsenal 2
  • Lost in Champions League Ro16 - Chelsea 1 - Bayern Munich 7 (agg)

2019/2020 Chelsea EPL Stats

Individual Appearances - top 10 in 2019/2020 EPL:

Tammy Abraham

Goals/90 - 0.61 (T9)

Non Penalty Goals/90 - 0.61 (6)

xG - 14.5 (8)

xG/90 - 0.59 (T4)

npxG - 14.5 (6)

npxG/90 - 0.59 (3)

Shots Total/90 - 3.58 (4)

Shots on Target/90 - 1.42 (T5)

npxg/Shot - 0.17 (T10)

Willian

Penalty Kicks Made - 4 (T3)

xA - 6.9 (T10)

xA/90 - 0.24 (T10)

Key Passes - 71 (7)

Passes Into Penalty Area - 68 (6)

Corner Kicks - 110 (7)

Shot Creating Actions - 145 (5)

SCA/90 - 5.02 (6)

Progressive Carrying Distance - 6885 (7)

Christian Pulisic

Shots Total/90 - 3.24 (8)

Shots on Target/90 - 1.31 (10)

GCA/90 - 0.68 (T6)

Oliver Giroud

Shots on Target% - 48.7 (8)

Goals/Shot - 0.21 (T8)

npxg/Shot - 0.17 (T10)

Andreas Christenen

Pass Completion % - 92.7 (T2)

Mateo Kovacic

Pass Completion % - 90.2 (9)

Passes Into Final Third - 178 (10)

Jorginho

Passes Into Final Third - 238 (1)

Interceptions - 64 (10)

Yellow Cards - 10 (4) 😁

Cesar Azpilicueta

Crosses Into Penalty Area - 28 (4)

Progressive Passes - 288 (5)

Throw Ins Taken - 377 (2)

Tackles - 102 (6)

Tackles Won - 61 (6)

Blocks - 81 (7)

Interceptions - 66 (8)

Touches - 3273 (3)

Pass Targets - 2231 (5)

Mason Mount

Shot Creating Actions - 115 (10)

Goal Creating Actions - 16 (T10)

Kurt Zouma

% of Aerials Won - 76.7 (7)

2020-2021

Manager: Frank Lampard (2nd season)

Current roster per TransferMarkt as of 8/17/2020:

# Player Date of birth / Age Nat. Market value
1
Kepa
 
Goalkeeper
Oct 3, 1994 (25) Spain €28.00m  
13
Willy Caballero
 
Goalkeeper
Sep 28, 1981 (38) Argentina
Spain
€600Th.  
31
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Jamie Cumming
 
Goalkeeper
Sep 4, 1999 (20) England €450Th.  
2
Antonio Rüdiger
 
Centre-Back
Mar 3, 1993 (27) Germany
Sierra Leone
€40.00m  
15
Kurt Zouma
 
Centre-Back
Oct 27, 1994 (25) France
Central African Republic
€28.00m  
4
Andreas Christensen
 
Centre-Back
Apr 10, 1996 (24) Denmark €24.00m  
29
Fikayo Tomori
 
Centre-Back
Dec 19, 1997 (22) England
Canada
€16.00m  
44
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Ethan Ampadu
 
Centre-Back
Sep 14, 2000 (19) Wales
England
€9.00m  
33
Emerson
 
Left-Back
Aug 3, 1994 (26) Italy
Brazil
€24.00m  
3
Marcos Alonso
 
Left-Back
Dec 28, 1990 (29) Spain €18.00m  
-
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Abdul Rahman Baba
 
 . 
Left-Back
Jul 2, 1994 (26) Ghana €2.40m  
28
César Azpilicueta
 
  
Right-Back
Aug 28, 1989 (30) Spain €24.00m  
24
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Reece James
 
Right-Back
Dec 8, 1999 (20) England €22.50m  
-
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Davide Zappacosta
 
Right-Back
Jun 11, 1992 (28) Italy €12.00m  
5
Jorginho
 
Defensive Midfield
Dec 20, 1991 (28) Italy
Brazil
€52.00m  
14
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Tiemoué Bakayoko
 
Defensive Midfield
Aug 17, 1994 (26) France
Cote d'Ivoire
€25.50m  
7
N'Golo Kanté
 
Central Midfield
Mar 29, 1991 (29) France
Mali
€80.00m  
17
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Mateo Kovacic
 
Central Midfield
May 6, 1994 (26) Croatia €40.00m  
12
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
 
Central Midfield
Jan 23, 1996 (24) England €24.00m  
8
Ross Barkley
 
Central Midfield
Dec 5, 1993 (26) England €21.50m  
47
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Billy Gilmour
 
 
Central Midfield
Jun 11, 2001 (19) Scotland €5.40m  
6
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Danny Drinkwater
 
Central Midfield
Mar 5, 1990 (30) England €4.80m  
19
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Mason Mount
 
Attacking Midfield
Jan 10, 1999 (21) England €40.50m  
55
Faustino Anjorin
 
Attacking Midfield
Nov 23, 2001 (18) England
Nigeria
€2.30m  
22
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Christian Pulisic
 
 
Left Winger
Sep 18, 1998 (21) United States
Croatia
€60.00m  
20
Callum Hudson-Odoi
 
Left Winger
Nov 7, 2000 (19) England
Ghana
€31.50m  
-
Hakim Ziyech
 
Right Winger
Mar 19, 1993 (27) Morocco
Netherlands
€40.00m  
11
Timo Werner
 
 .
Centre-Forward
Mar 6, 1996 (24) Germany €64.00m  
9
Tammy Abraham
 
Centre-Forward
Oct 2, 1997 (22) England
Nigeria
€40.00m  
23
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Michy Batshuayi
 
Centre-Forward
Oct 2, 1993 (26) Belgium
DR Congo
€14.00m  
18
Olivier Giroud
 
Centre-Forward
Sep 30, 1986 (33) France €7.00m  

 

TLDR: Fuck Man U

 

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Some quick thoughts after reviewing the individual leaderboards:

Willian had a better season than advertised. He should be replaceable but he did a lot of good things for our attack.

Azpilacueta is a work horse.

Tammy put up a lot of volume numbers, but any decent striker in that role should have done the same. 

Giroud was efficient - just not consistent and didn't create a lot of volume.

Pulisic is a special talent and does more to create goals than all but a handful of EPL players.

Mount has a great feel for the game and surprisingly scratched the top 10 in a couple of good metrics despite not a ton of minutes played.

Our defense sucked. Hard. The only appearances from our defenders were Zouma on aerial % won (no shit - he's fucking huge) and Christensen on pass% (which isn't even a defensive metric). I don't even want to think at how far down Kepa was on the keeping metrics. Pretty sure he was close to the bottom if not outright last on some of them.

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Out - Willian, Pedro, Kepa (hopefully)

In - Timo, Ziyech

Rumored - Chillwell, Kai, Rice, Oblak

Loans ending - Nathan, Pasalic, Musonda Jr., Morata (lol), Ampadu, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Rahman Baba, Drinkwater, Moses

Sold - Morata (61m), Pasalic(16m), Nathan (3.3m)

 

If we somehow pull off Chillwell, Kai, Rice I don't see how we get a decent GK. The only name of any substance I have seen pop up is Oblak (felt to be a long shot). Pipe dream I'd take Andre Onana. I'm not sure we will know anything for a bit as most smoke is associated with Kai and Chillwell right now.

 

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1 hour ago, MoJames said:

Out - Willian, Pedro, Kepa (hopefully)

In - Timo, Ziyech

Rumored - Chillwell, Kai, Rice, Oblak

Loans ending - Nathan, Pasalic, Musonda Jr., Morata (lol), Ampadu, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Rahman Baba, Drinkwater, Moses

Sold - Morata (61m), Pasalic(16m), Nathan (3.3m)

 

If we somehow pull off Chillwell, Kai, Rice I don't see how we get a decent GK. The only name of any substance I have seen pop up is Oblak (felt to be a long shot). Pipe dream I'd take Andre Onana. I'm not sure we will know anything for a bit as most smoke is associated with Kai and Chillwell right now.

 

Palmieri is rumored to be leaving for Inter. I've heard a couple of rumors on smaller clubs interested in Bats - but could end up being a loan or a transfer in a window down the line. I just don't see him playing much on this year's team outside of some major injuries assuming we land Kai.

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Nah Bats is and should be gone. With Tammy, Timo and Giroud there is no way Bats should get time.

Emerson is obviously not favored by Lampard and should move on.

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Bayer Leverkusen now urging Chelsea to come in with their formal ‘written offer’ for Havertz, and they are keen to get the deal finalised before they return to pre-season on August the 28th, 10 days from now. [BILD]

link - tier 2

Translated as Leverkusen now agrees to terms with CFC but we need to put it in writing.

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Tall, blessed with speed and exceptionally comfortable in possession, Mbuyamba could well arrive in west London knowing he will need to impress before he is handed a first-team opportunity by Frank Lampard.

Should a deal go through, he is willing to spend next season within the youth ranks at Cobham while he would also welcome a loan move, with Vitesse an option in Eredivisie.

Regardless of where he plays in 2020-21, given his meteoric rise it is not difficult to suggest that he will prove those who overlooked him previously wrong yet again.

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Fun Chelsea transfer fact - We paid less to acquire Timo Werner ($58.3) than we sold Alvaro Morata ($61.6) who was demanding a transfer with one team.

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Watched some of the second half and it was painful. Had all the young lads going and we couldn't even control a throw in.

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1 hour ago, MoJames said:

Watched some of the second half and it was painful. Had all the young lads going and we couldn't even control a throw in.

Better now than in January 

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Nothing new, but ongoing confirmation from all sorts of top end sources. Matter of time before he is announced.

 

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I'm seeing a lot of 4-2 and 3-2 scorelines this season.  Pretty much the opposite of the Mourinho years.

I just hope we have the 4 or the 3 most of the time.

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Current Chelsea Squad members aged 25 or under.

Kepa (24) Zouma (25) Christensen (24) Sarr (21) Tomori (22) Ampadu (21) Clarke-Salter (22) Chilwell (23) Reece James (20) Loftus-Cheek (24) Gilmour (19) Mount (21) Pulicic (21) Hudson-Odoi (19) Werner (24) Abraham (22) Havertz (21)*

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15 minutes ago, MoJames said:

Current Chelsea Squad members aged 25 or under.

Kepa (24) Zouma (25) Christensen (24) Sarr (21) Tomori (22) Ampadu (21) Clarke-Salter (22) Chilwell (23) Reece James (20) Loftus-Cheek (24) Gilmour (19) Mount (21) Pulicic (21) Hudson-Odoi (19) Werner (24) Abraham (22) Havertz (21)*

Can we throw $200M at TAA and just dominate the league for the next 10 years?

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Wilder is a hell of a coach, let's hope he gets more playing time than last year:

(It's a loan not a sale, btw)

Edited by texifornia

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On 9/7/2020 at 7:16 AM, texifornia said:

Hah!

(Seriously though, who thought Discount Palace was a good look for Chelsea?)

I like them. 

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I just signed up for Peacock.

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Head-to-head

  • Chelsea are the only opponents Brighton have played a league fixture against without ever winning. The 1-1 draw at Amex Stadium on New Year's Day was Brighton's first point against the Blues, and came at the 10th attempt.

  • Albion's only competitive victory in 14 attempts against Chelsea came in their first meeting, an FA Cup tie on the south coast in January 1933.

Chelsea

  • This is the third time Chelsea are starting a Premier League campaign on a Monday, with the Blues going on to win the title on the previous two occasions in 2014-15 and 2016-17.

  • Twelve league defeats in 2019-20 equalled the most by a Chelsea side in a season since Roman Abramovich became owner in 2003.

  • They lost their final two competitive fixtures of the 2019-20 campaign and could suffer three straight defeats for the first time since May to August 2006.

  • Chelsea conceded 54 Premier League goals last season, just one short of their club record. Nine clean sheets was their joint-fewest in a Premier League campaign.

  • Frank Lampard's side kept only one clean sheet in their 19 Premier League away matches of 2019-20, in a 2-0 win at Tottenham in December.

  • New signing Timo Werner scored 28 league goals for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga last season, the fourth highest tally in Europe's top five leagues.

Brighton

  • Brighton's tally of three victories in their 18 Premier League fixtures in 2020 is the lowest of any side currently in the division (D9, L6).

  • Nonetheless, they recorded their highest Premier League tally of points (41) and goals (39) last season, as well as registering their fewest defeats (15).

  • They can win their opening league fixture in successive seasons for the first time since 2010-11.

  • Albion haven't lost a league game on a Monday in 10 attempts since an April 2015 defeat by Rotherham. All five of their Premier League games played on Mondays have been drawn.

  • Adam Lallana's failure to score or provide an assist in his nine league games against Chelsea is his worst record against a top-flight club.

Team News

Chelsea

  • Chelsea's expensive German signings Kai Havertz and Timo Werner are in line for their debuts.

  • Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell are injured and Thiago Silva lacks fitness, but Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta have overcome hamstring problems.

Brighton

  • Brighton's new signing Adam Lallana will be looking for his first Premier League start since December 2019.

  • Jose Izquiedero and Christian Walton are Albion's only injury absentees.

 

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17 minutes ago, MoJames said:

I just signed up for Peacock.

I did too. For which there is not an app on my Samsung TV. And NBC has decided to show Indy Car racing instead of Chelsea.

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