Tonight marks the return of Premier League football as the 2021/22 campaign begins, and Chelsea will be commencing their first full season under Thomas Tuchel this Saturday at 3pm when they host fellow Londoners, Crystal Palace.
It’s been a relatively quiet summer so far for the Blues, however that all changed yesterday as a club-record transfer fee for former player Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan was confirmed.
Apart from Lukaku, the only other signing for Chelsea has been goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli on a free transfer from Fulham, with the majority of transfer activity being out of the club as Valentino Livramento, Marc Guehi, Olivier Giroud and Fikayo Tomori all left the club on permanent deals amongst others.
After tasting success in the Champions League and Super Cup, Tuchel will be craving trophies again as he enters the new campaign with his side.
So, what could happen in the 2021/22 Premier League season for Chelsea?
Will it be another top-four battle, or can they step up from last season and battle it out for the title?
To simulate the season, we used the Football Manager 2021 editor to update the teams involved in the Premier League, with each club having their updated transfers added into the database. This included Lukaku, who was officially a Chelsea player in the simulation.
Let’s see what happened!
We simulated Chelsea’s 2021/22 Premier League season
Chelsea had a great first full season under the guidance of Thomas Tuchel, and the standout player for the Blues was N’Golo Kante, with the midfielder’s average rating per game being 7.57.
The French midfielder took a more advanced role in the simulation than past seasons which saw him end the simulated campaign at the top of the club’s assists chart with 14.
Kante also managed five goals in the league and was influential for the Blues throughout the season.
Another relatively impressive performer for Chelsea in this campaign was Lukaku on his return to the club, finishing as the team’s top scorer.
But he didn’t exactly set the world alight. In 34 appearances, the Belgian striker scored 13 goals on his Premier league return – slightly down on what you’d expect.
At the end of the 2021/22 season, Football Manager 2021 put together an overall best Chelsea XI, based on performances, statistics and other metrics.
This is how the best Blues XI looked in 2021/22 according to FM21.
Full Chelsea best XI: Kepa; James, Thiago Silva, Rüdiger, Zouma, Chilwell; Kanté, Mount; Havertz, Pulisic, Lukaku
Tuchel stuck with his trusted 5-2-3 formation which helped him win the Champions League last season, meaning there wasn’t any space in the best XI for Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech or Jorginho.
Here’s how the 2021/22 Premier League table looked at the end of May 2022.
It was an extremely successful season for Chelsea in the 2021/22 simulation as they won their first Premier League title since 2016/17.
Tuchel’s side totalled 92 points over the course of the season, putting them eight points clear of second-placed Liverpool.
The 92 points accumulated is a staggering 25 points more than last season when the Blues finished fourth in the league.
Interestingly, Chelsea’s goal difference was 21 less than Liverpool in the sim as they scored 18 fewer goals, but their ability to see out low-scoring games is what eventually won them the title.
Would you be happy with this outcome at the end of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign? Let us know in the comments below!
Source by Football London