Chelsea 2021/22 Post-Season Briefing – Part Two

From the official Chelsea FC website:

Continuing our summation of the season just completed, Rick Glanvill and Paul Dutton look at the notable talking points from 2021/22, as well as the new era that lies ahead…

No English team won more trophies this season than Chelsea. Reaching a major final for the sixth successive season set a new club milestone, as did three FA Cup finals in a row. Overall, the Blues appeared in a record four prize-deciders this term, though a third defeat in a row in the FA Cup was an unwelcome first.

Only six of the past 20 campaigns have failed to add to the Blues’ trophy cabinet (2019/20, 2015/16, 2013/14, 2010/11, 2007/08 and 2002/03), and in two of those (2019/20 and 2007/08) we were beaten finalists.

Multiple Trophy-Winning Seasons
2021/22 2 (Super Cup, Club World Cup)
2014/15 2 (League Cup, Premier League)
2011/12 2 (FA Cup, Champions League)
2009/10 2 (Premier League, FA Cup)
2006/07 2 (League Cup, FA Cup)
2004/05 2 (League Cup, Premier League)
1997/98 2 (League Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup)

By beating Chesterfield in the opening fixture of our FA Cup campaign, Chelsea extended the competition record to 24 round three ties unbeaten. Outside of finals the Blues have lost just once in the competition since 2016. Reaching this season’s showpiece made it 28 appearances at the new Wembley, eight more than next most regular club Man City.

Homegrown Players In FA Cup Finals
2022 4 Chalobah, James, Loftus-Cheek, Mount
2021 3 Hudson-Odoi, James, Mount
2020 5 Abraham, Christensen, Hudson-Odoi, James, Mount
2018 0
2017 1 Terry
2012 1 Terry
2010 1 Terry
2009 1 Terry
2007 1 Terry
2002 2 Le Saux, Terry
2000 1 Morris
1997 2 Newton, Sinclair
1994 3 Burley, Newton, Sinclair
1970 5 Bonetti, R Harris, Hollins, Osgood, Houseman
1967 6 Bonetti, Boyle, A & Ron Harris, Hollins, Tambling
1915 0

Paying the penalty

Going deep into every cup competition this season produced six periods of extra-time, the most in our history. (Two seasons, 1997/98 and 2011/12, involved four.)

The Blues were also involved in five penalty shoot-outs, with Toni Rudiger netting what proved the winning spot-kick in the Super Cup, and Reece James twice delivering the coup de grace in the League Cup.

2021/22 Shoot-Out Results
FA Cup final L 5-6 vs Liverpool
League Cup final L 10-11 vs Liverpool
League Cup R4 W 5-4 vs Southampton
League Cup R3 W 5-4 vs Aston Villa
UEFA Super Cup final W 7-6 vs Villarreal
Marcos Alonso 4 taken 4 scored
Reece James 4 4
Mason Mount 4 2
Jorginho 3 3
Cesar Azpilicueta 2 1
Ross Barkley 2 2
Ben Chilwell 2 1
Kai Havertz 2 1
Romelu Lukaku 2 2
Toni Rudiger 2 2
Kepa Arrizabalaga 1 0
Trevoh Chalobah 1 1
Callum Hudson-Odoi 1 1
N’Golo Kante 1 1
Christian Pulisic 1 1
Thiago Silva 1 1
Timo Werner 1 1
Hakim Ziyech 1 1
Edou Mendy 7 faced 1 saved
Kepa Arrizabalaga 28 4

London is Blue

Chelsea finished the season as London’s leading lights for the fourth time in a row, the 15th in 17 seasons, and the 25th occasion since 1907/08.

By beating Brentford on our first visit to their new ground, the Blues became the first team in the top-four tiers of English football to win seven consecutive away London derbies, conceding once in those games.

Premier League London Derby Table 2021/22
  P W D L GD Pts
1 Chelsea 10 7 0 3 7 21
2 Arsenal 10 5 1 4 -2 16
3 Brentford 10 4 3 3 4 15
4 Tottenham 10 4 1 5 -1 13
5 Palace 10 2 4 4 -2 10
6 West Ham 10 3 1 6 -6 10

Close calls

The video assistant referee overruled on-pitch officials 11 times in eight Chelsea matches this season. Three led to goals for the Blues, and two for opponents, while three were scrubbed out for us and none for the opposition. Two Chelsea players were dismissed as a result of interventions.

Net VAR Decision Overturns
4 Liverpool, West Ham
3 Arsenal, Brentford, Man City, Southampton, Watford
2 Brighton
1 Chelsea, Tottenham
= Aston Villa, Crystal Palace
-1 Leeds, Newcastle
-2 Man United, Wolves
-3 Everton
-6 Burnley, Leicester, Norwich

(Source: ESPN)

Remarkably, all bar one of our 12 victories against clubs in the top 14 of the table were achieved with a clean sheet for Edou Mendy or Kepa Arrizabalaga. There were nine shut-outs in our 12 away wins, but just six in nine at home.

Chelsea Home/Away Premier League 2021/22
Points 60% home 70% away
Wins 47% 63%
Defeats 16% 16%
Draws 37% 21%
Goals for 49% 51%
Goals against 67% 33%
Clean sheets 32% 53%
Win + clean sheet 32% 47%
Failed to score 5% 16%
Scored first 68% 79%
Opponent scored first 32% 16%

Changing hands

The ownership of Chelsea FC has now passed on to the investment group led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital.

The fee involved shows how the club’s fortunes have fluctuated over 117 years. Kickstarted with £5,000 capital investment on 10 March 1905 (roughly equivalent to half a million pounds today), Chelsea were stewarded over seven decades largely by the Mears, Cadogan and Pratt families, then sold, deep in debt, for just £1 to Ken Bates on 2 April 1982. Bates’ tenure lasted 21 years until the reported £140 million purchase by Roman Abramovich on 1 July 2003.

Each successive custodian has helped increase the silverware in the Stamford Bridge trophy cabinet exponentially. Now comes the sensational next chapter in the story of this enigmatic, maddening, exhilarating sporting institution. Buckle up: it will be a thrilling ride.

Chelsea honours 2003-2022

Men

5 Premier League
5 FA Cup
3 League Cup
2 UEFA Champions League
2 UEFA Europa League
1 FIFA Club World Cup
1 UEFA Super Cup
2 Community Shield

Women

6 League
4 FA Cup
2 League Cup
1 Community Shield


 

 


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