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Comparing Chelsea Defenders that won EPL in 2017 with the Defenders that won UCL in 2021

Chelsea did not participated in any UEFA competition during the 2016/2017 Season. It was the first time that the Blues will miss out in the UEFA Champions League and the Europa league since 1997. Chelsea finished in the 10th position on the league table during the previous season and this made them to lose out on the European tournaments.

However, the Blues were able to focus on the domestic competitions they participated in. The Blues participated in the English premier league, Emirates FA Cup and the EFL Cup. The 2016/2017 was also the first season of Antonio Conte as Chelsea Manager. The Italian Gaffer was saddled with the responsibility of clearing the hot mess made by Jose Mourinho.

The Blues spent about £118million to sign 4 Players before the commencement of that season. The Blues signed N'Golo Kante from Leicester City for a reported fee of £32million. Marcos Alonso joined Chelsea from Fiorentina for a reported fee of £23million. Michy Batshuayi arrived Stamford bridge for a fee of £33million. Chelsea also re-signed David Luiz from PSG for a fee of £30million.

David Luiz would later become an integral part to Chelsea success in the English premier league that season. The Brazilian Defender started 33 league Matches for Chelsea that Season.

However, the appearances of David Luiz for Chelsea that Season wasn't up to that of Cesar Azpilicueta. Cesar Azpilicueta was the most used Player by Antonio Conte that Season. The Spaniard Defender made a total of 48 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea that Season. He was named in the starting lineup for all the 38 League Matches that Chelsea played during that Season.

That Season was John Terry's last season as a Chelsea Player but he barely got playing time under Antonio Conte. John Terry started 3 league Matches for Chelsea that Season and he came on as a substitute in another 3 games.

Gary Cahill made 35 appearances for Chelsea in the English premier league during the 2016/17 Season. Kurt Zouma made 8 league appearances that season but he only started two games. Nathan Ake was also handed his Chelsea debut during the season but he only started one league Match.

Cesar Azpilicueta, Ben Chilwell, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva, Reece James and Marcos Alonso were Chelsea defensive options for the 2020/21 Season.

The Blues did managed to keep an impressive Defensive record in the UEFA Champions League that Season. The Blues did not lose any Match and they recorded 9 clean sheets out of the 13 Matches they played in the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League title-winning campaign.

Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta made 11 appearances in the Champions League. Ben Chilwell and Reece James played 10 Matches in the Champions League last season.

Thiago Silva made 8 appearances, Andreas Christensen made 7 Champions League appearances, Kurt Zouma made 5 appearances while Marcos Alonso made 2 appearances.

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