Chelsea have had an impressive start to the 2021/22 season, winning the UEFA Super Cup, signing former striker Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan and Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid, and currently sit fourth in the league after brilliant performances against Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Thomas Tuchel’s side has been strengthened significantly after winning the Champions League last season, with the Blues’ intentions clear for all to see that they’re looking to challenge on all fronts this season.
Chelsea had a busy transfer window with plenty of ins and outs, as the club secured the loan signing of Saul on deadline day, along with confirming the departures of the likes of Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and more.
So, what would Chelsea’s 2021/22 season look like with the signings they have made this summer?
To set up this simulation, we used the Football Manager 2021 editor to update the database with the correct teams in the 2021/22 Premier League season, as well as placing a transfer embargo on all sides in the division so that their squads remained the same throughout the simulation.
Let’s take a look at the best XI put together by Football Manager 2021 at the end of the 2021/22 simulated season, based on performances, statistics and other metrics.
Full Chelsea best XI: Mendy; James, Christensen, Rudiger, Chilwell; Kante, Havertz, Mount; Ziyech, Lukaku, Pulisic.
Looking at Chelsea’s statistics across all competitions in the 2021/22 season, Lukaku was the top goalscorer with 30 goals in 59 appearances, whilst Kai Havertz registered the most assists at the club with 18 across all competitions.
Havertz added 13 goals across all competitions to his 18 assists, as he also achieved the best average match rating out of the Blues squad, with a rating of 7.65, putting him ahead of new signing Lukaku in second with 7.51.
So how did Chelsea perform in the Premier League in our simulated season with Lukaku and Saul in the squad?
Chelsea’s simulated Premier League 2021/22 season
This is how the Premier League table looked at the end of the 2021/22 season.
Chelsea finished second in the league with 80 points after a poor run of form at the end of the season cost them the chance of pipping Manchester City to the Premier League title.
Chelsea’s performance in the Premier League was significantly better than last season, as they recorded 13 points more and finished two positions higher in the table compared to their 2020/21 season.
Tuchel’s side scored 10 more goals in our simulated season compared to last season, suggesting the addition of Lukaku into the squad had a significant positive impact on their attacking output throughout the season.
The simulation suggests that Tuchel may need to strengthen his defensive options if Chelsea are to win the Premier League, with the Blues having the worst goal difference in the top four as champions City conceded 10 less goals than the Blues, whilst scoring 20 more goals.
Chelsea’s pursuit of Jules Kounde showed their intentions to replace the outgoing Kurt Zouma this summer, but that deal may have to wait until next summer and could allow Chelsea to challenge for the Premier League title once again.
How do you think Chelsea will perform this season after signing Lukaku and Saul? Let us know in the comments.
Source by Football London