Chelsea has established itself as one of the top clubs on the planet. The team has had considerable success on the field and has a devoted fan following off of it.
The club rose to prominence under the ownership of Roman Abramovich after a mediocre 20th-century existence. The London club won the UEFA Champions League for the second time last season after winning it in 2011. Chelsea has also won the Europa League twice, the Premier League five times, and a slew of other awards. Chelsea has become the world's sixth richest football club as a result of their achievements.
In Thomas Tuchel's first full season in command, the Blues have gotten off to a great start. They are joint-top of the league (together with Liverpool) and have already won their UEFA Champions League championship defense against Zenit.
Here are five reasons that make Chelsea the favourites to win the Premier League title in the 2021-22 season.
1. Tuchel’s tactical ingenuity
A skilled craftsman is required to polish and shine a rough diamond. Since his arrival in January 2021, Thomas Tuchel has done precisely that with Chelsea. Tuchel led a Chelsea team that had been unimpressive under Frank Lampard to the FA Cup final and won the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup in just eight months.
Chelsea has been transformed into a tactical machine thanks to the German. The players have picked up on his well-practiced gameplay. His tactical versatility in utilizing a 3-5-2 or a 5-3-2 (which he employed against Liverpool after going down a man to rescue a 1-1 draw) demonstrates that he can play both attacking and defensive sets in the same game. Louis van Gaal, the manager of the Netherlands, praised him for it.
The German has the exact players he needs to play his game. With Tuchel's brilliance and enthusiasm, as well as Chelsea's tenacity, this might be the start of a new dynasty at Stamford Bridge, beginning with the Premier League title in 2021-22.
2. Impregnable defence
Off the ball, Chelsea's superb defense provides them with sturdiness and a consistent work rate. Tuchel usually uses three centre-backs, with Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, and Antonio Rudiger constituting a formidable defense.
The trio provides the team with the ideal combination of defensive, aerial, and on-ball ability — a luxury that Tuchel makes the most of. Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, the wing-back duo, give width to the attack and numbers to the defense. They're also accompanied by Reece James and Ben Chilwell, a young English duo.
Chelsea is second in the league with 72 percent of attempted tackles won, only behind Liverpool with 85 percent. They make nearly 26% of their effective tackles in the attacking third, which is higher than Liverpool's 21% and Manchester City's 23%, and second only to Manchester United (30 percent ). This demonstrates how hard they press and reinforces their defense.
The phrase "Defense wins championships" accurately describes Chelsea's situation. Last season, the Blues conceded the fewest goals in a Champions League season, with only four. Tuchel's team has only surrendered once so far this season. As a result, their formidable defense gives them a good chance to beat their opponents to the crown this season.
3. Cohesive gameplay and work-rate
Chelsea's passing and effort rate, both on and off the ball, are extremely consistent. This season, the Blues are ahead of their Premier League competitors in this aspect.
Chelsea has completed 85 percent of their passes in the English Premier League's first five games, which is the third-highest percentage in the league. Following Manchester City, Chelsea completed 91 percent of their short passes. Only 443 (15.6 percent) of the 2,830 passes they've tried so far this season were long passes.
This demonstrates how highly the Blues regard their possession. The squad averages over 135 pressures per game and is successful in 31.4 percent of their pressures in the league, which is more than any of their opponents.
4. Tactical flexibility
Chelsea's unsaid characteristic is their adaptability to any sort of game. Blues have always thrived under a variety of managers, including Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri, Jose Mourinho, and now Tuchel.
The club has played in a variety of systems and has always been able to identify players who can play in a variety of positions. These players have excelled in a variety of environments. As a result, the squad is now well-versed in a variety of strategies and plays. Chelsea's versatility and experience would allow them to tweak and play under different systems during games, increasing their longevity.
5. Squad depth
Chelsea has perhaps the best team in the Premier League right now. From goalkeepers to forwards, the team has strong alternatives all across the field. The Blues paid 115 million euros for Romelu Lukaku, making him one of the most expensive players in the league, and also bought Saul Niguez on loan to bolster their attack.
N'Golo Kante was substituted for Mason Mount in the game against Spurs, demonstrating their squad depth. The industrious Frenchman transformed the game's dynamism, injecting extra energy into Chelsea's midfield as they won 3-0 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. This can only be ascribed to Chelsea's depth at the back end. Their depth will help them compete for the Premier League crown against their opponents.
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