When Chelsea started the 2021/22 season they will have undoubtedly been dreaming of a Premier League title challenge. After all, they were the defending European champions and had just signed Romelu Lukaku, viewed as the last piece of their puzzle, with the lack of a goalscorer the one thing keeping them from contesting.
But after leading the table in December, the Blues ended the campaign fighting for their spot in the top four and and at times it looked as though they would throw it away. In the end, third was secured, with Chelsea finishing five points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, sealing their spot in the top four thanks to the poor performances of their rivals rather than their own quality at the end of the campaign.
Nevertheless, a top four finish was secured, Chelsea’s fourth in a row after finishing fifth in the 2017/18 campaign which cost title-winner Antonio Conte his job. In fact, Chelsea’s worst two finishes in the past 10 seasons have come with the Blues as defending champions, also finishing 10th in 2015/16.
The Blues didn’t have the ideal build up to the summer, undergoing an ownership change, and they have lost two centre-backs in Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, while Lukaku appears on his way out too, at least on loan.
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Chelsea to win 2022/23 Premier League odds
But what if Chelsea can go all the way? The Blues are making movements in the transfer window and could be set to bolster their attack with at least two new players. Although the defence is in a different place to last summer, the attacking signings could actually be the Blues’ key in challenging for the Premier League title if the tactics are right.
Since winning the Premier League title in 2016/17, Chelsea have not finished higher than third, with last season the closest they have been to top spot at the end of the campaign. While the Blues have finished 19 points behind the title winners in each of the past two seasons, 2021/22 was slightly better as they finished third compared to fourth in 2020/21.
However, despite finishing third last season, Chelsea aren’t the third favourites to win the title in 2022/23 as some might expect. Due to the goings of the window so far, and confidence in others, Chelsea have dropped to fourth favourites for the title behind Man City, Liverpool and Tottenham.
Chelsea were the last English team to win the Champions League and went into the 2021/22 campaign as defending European champions, having beat Man City in the 2020/21 final.
They didn’t fare too badly last season either, despite only making it to the quarter-finals. As defending champions, many will have expected Chelsea to top their group but Tuchel’s side finished second thanks to a draw on the final day, finishing behind Juventus with four wins, one draw and one defeat.
The second-placed finish actually helped Chelsea though, as they drew Lille in the last 16 and beat the French champions 4-1 on aggregate to set up a quarter-final with Real Madrid. After being torn apart in the first leg, Chelsea fought back from 3-1 down to lead 4-3 with 15 minutes to go but they eventually tired, allowed Real Madrid to equalise and then win in extra-time.
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With Lukaku reportedly on his way out and no replacements officially signed right now, there’s no knowing who will be Chelsea’s best bet for Premier League Golden Boot winner – it could be a joint effort from an attacking trio to get the goals.
Elsewhere, Chelsea will be looking to go one better in the cup competitions having finished runners-up in both the FA Cup and EFL Cup last season, losing on penalties to Liverpool in the finals.