Year Formed

1905

Stadium

Stamford Bridge

Capacity

41,663
 

Last 10 years league finishing positions

 
 

Best Season

2004/05

After a 50-year wait Jose Mourinho guided Chelsea to the best season in their history when the "Special One" guided them to the 2004/05 Premier League title with a record 95 points.

Arsenal were unbeaten the season before but the Blues finished ahead of their London rivals by 12 points.

 

How they fared last season

Considered favourites to retain their Premier League title, Chelsea did an Icarus and fell to mid table mediocrity and 10th place.

Key players such as Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and John Terry were a sad shadow of their form in previous seasons, while Jose Mourinho went from the Special One to the Sacked One.

59
number of goals
scored last season
53
number of goals
conceded last season
5
red cards
58
yellow cards
 

Team Strengths

Chelsea still have one of the best squad lists in the Premier League and Chelsea fans will be banking on the saying “form is temporary but class is permanent” being true. Up and comers Kurt Zouma and Kenedy showed glimpses of their talent and first team stalwarts like Oscar, Willian, Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas, John Terry and Gary Cahill surely won't have another poor season.

Belgian international Michy Batshuayai's arrival at Stamford Bridge will provide an alternative to Costa whose goals dried up. But the most significant arrival is new manager Antonio Conte. The Italian manager has impressed with his tactics and his sideline antics at the Euros.

With 2014/15 Premier League player of the year Eden Hazard showing a resurgence in form by providing as many assists for Belgium in France as he did in the entire 2015/16 Premier League season, perhaps things are turning around for the Blues.

 

Weaknesses

New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has targeted a top four finish after the Blues finished 10th last season. Winning the Premier League title may be a tough ask as it will take time for Conte's new playing systems and summer recruits to gel with the existing squad.

Conte has described the season ahead as a 'difficult challenge' and as Manchester United's players found out learning the 3-5-2 formation is not easy and it's hard picturing Eden Hazard playing as a wingback.

Who will get Chelsea's goals is also problematic. New recruit Michy Batshuayi has potential but is inexperienced at this level.

A lack of a defensive leader is also a concern. John Terry is still captain but his form and influence at the back are on the wane, while England defender Gary Cahill form is also a worry.

 

Formations

Antonio Conte likes the 3-5-2 formation that also switches to a 5-2-3, the wing-backs push high and wide and the defenders play out from the back, while the midfielders will work their socks off to provide the chances for the two strikers up front.

 

Star Player

After being deployed in the pivot role by both Jose Mourinho and then Guus Hiddink Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas will revel in Antonio Conte's methods. The diminutive midfielder will be happy to relinquish his defensive duties and focus more on making use of his impressive attacking attributes.

The former Arsenal and Barcelona star may have had a poor season by his standards but he still managed to lead the league in total touches and passes completed. A renewed sense of confidence under Conte's management should see a return of Fabregas's brilliant passing game as well his long-range shooting and ability to take devastating set pieces.

 

Antonio Conte

Manager

Turning around Chelsea after their last miserable season may not be such a difficult task for new manager Antonio Conte.

In 2012 Conte led the Bianconeri to their 28th league title as Juventus finished the league unbeaten. Italy's manager at Euro 2016 won the Serie A the next two seasons using his favoured 3-5-2 formation. His style of play is big on wing-backs, two box-to-box midfielders in a three-man midfield which gives more creative freedom to the deep-lying playmaker, which Cesc Fabregas will love. With two strikers preferred up front what that means for winger Eden Hazard will be intriguing to follow.

Conte has been one of the more entertaining figures at Euro 2012. However, the former Juventus star doesn't like it when players make mistakes. Chelsea's players should be warned against any misplaced pass or tackle.