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FM22 Why Manage – Chelsea

Taking a look at Chelsea and why a FM22 save with The Blues could be fun, as well as tackling the challenges you may face or like to set yourself.

By on Oct 26, 2021   2891 views   0 comments
Club Insights - FM22 Why Manage – Chelsea

A bit about Chelsea

Formed in 1905
Play at Stamford Bridge – 41,837 Capacity
Hosted women's football games during early 1900's
One of few clubs to actually be profitable during the early 1900's they were know as 'Moneybags' Chelsea and regularly donated to Charity and within the community.
First top flight league win was in 1955 it would take 50 years to capture another

Trophy Cabinet

2x Champion's League
6x Premier League
2x European Cup Winner's Cup
8x FA Cup
2x UEFA Super Cup
2x Europa League
2x Championship (or equivalent)
5x Carabao Cup
4x Community Shield
2x English Full Members Cup



Reigning European Champions

Chelsea hardly need too much introduction and are one of the real heavyweights of the modern era within the Premier League, they also are the current champions of Europe having won the Champion's League last season – beating Manchester City in the final.

Last season was flipped on its head after Thomas Tuchel was appointed as Chelsea's manager in January seemingly a match made in heaven.

Chelsea were 9th when Lampard was dismissed after a staggering summer of signings amounting to well in excess of £100million spent however he could not seem to get the best of the new signings and constantly swapped personnel and formations to try and get them to fit without success.

Tuchel arrived and instantly had the team working much harder out of possession and being more controlling with it, whilst some games the result didn't quite happen the improvement was noticeable and ending the season with the biggest prize in club football was a highly impressive feat within just a matter of months.

It always helps when you have N'Golo Kante whose impressive displays as the ball winning midfielder gave them the platform to outshine both Real Madrid in the Semi final and then City in the final though fans of the game would know how hard working and effective he is in that role.



Abramovich's backing or not?

Before the Russian's takeover of Chelsea in the early 2000's you would not associate Chelsea with being at the pinnacle of the Premier division, whilst they were a mainstay of the division being there from its formation they would normally be a mid table to possible Europa league challenging team.

Abramovich changed everything and with mass spending transformed them into the powerhouse club that they are today.

This has not come cheap and he is not always patient, preferring virtually instant success meaning managers often do not have too long in the job to be successful and many millions have been paid in compensation.

The trophies won during his ownership however have been plentiful and arguably his method cannot be argued with 5 Premier League wins, 2 Champion's Leagues as well as several FA and League Cups have soon filled up Chelsea's Trophy room considerably.

Winning the Champion's League will likely be enormous credit for Tuchel whilst he continues to build Chelsea back into title contenders, they definitely will be closer this season than last when they were 19 points off top spot and only narrowly finished in the Champion's League positions, edging Leicester by 1 point.

This is not a guarantee however, manager's have been sacked within a short period of time even after winning trophies.

The return of the formidable Romelu Lukaku has boosted the London based side – one of their issues last season was converting chances and after bringing the Belgian back for a second stint they will hope his impressive form at Inter Milan will fire them back in contention for another Trophy – he has started well with 3 goals in his first 7 games and would be considered as one of the favourites for the golden boot come the end of the season.



Time will tell but so far so good for the German and Chelsea will be hoping there is no drop off in fortunes this time.

Talent everywhere

As they are one of the top teams in the world let alone just the Premier League picking out a handful of players is pretty difficult a few spring to mind as they have either been nominated for the 2021 Balon d'Or including home grown talent Mason Mount.

He came though Chelsea's academy and after a couple of loan spells at Vitesse and Derby County has risen through the ranks to become one of their best players as well as breaking into the England team.



Not the only amazing midfielder to be nominated for the Balon d'Or alongside the already mentioned N'Golo Kante it would be only be fair to note they have World Cup winning Jorginho within their ranks – impressive enough however he did so whilst posting vitally important numbers such as covering the most ground in the tournament, most recoveries, the second most passes, and making the most interceptions.



It would be worth noting captain Cesar Azpilicueta is also listed for the prestigious award – unfortunately defenders do not tend to be given the award often – the last being Fabio Cannavaro in 2006. He may not be favourite for it however he would be a worthy winner alongside any of the fellow Chelsea nominees.

It is something however when there are calls for their goalkeeper to have been nominated for this award, something which is even less frequent that a defender winning having only been won by a goalkeeper once in 1963.

You can understand why as Eduard Mendy's performances were vital in their Champion's league campaign but just as incredibly he has registered 20 clean sheets in 38 Premier League games, making his clean sheet percentage 52.63% only Ederson of Manchester City has more since Mendy joined Chelsea.



So Why Manage Chelsea in FM22?

Quite simply Chelse are an elite club so will be a draw for many players for this reason, they have a world class midfield as well as class players in many positions they have the reputation to attract big names so taking the mantle to challenge for honours each season Chelsea would be a sound choice for sure.

I have not actually managed Chelsea on FM but it would be interesting if the owner's patience was introduced and a part of the game, perhaps a little more leniency after all it is a game however the pressure exists and Chelsea expects – can you challenge on all fronts and stay in the job long enough to deliver silverware – after all the players are there and all very capable so excuses would be hard to come by.

Recreating Tuchel's Chelsea tactics would be an additional challenge, he plays with 3 at the back whilst more common in the Premier League these days you don't see it quite as much with the 'top' clubs – Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd all favour a back 4 as did Chelsea until Tuchel's arrival so implementing his style and keeping everyone happy in that formation may be hard-work but rewarding to do so.

A final option could be to make the most of Chelsea's academy – they have many players in their youth teams however not many of them tend to make their way through to the first team, outside of Mason Mount and recently Trevor Chalobah the majority of their team tends to be big signings brought into the club, could you change that and bring through current loanees Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja when they return to the club if not will you sell them on and re-invest better in the youth recruitment?

A strong team, strong youth system and financial muscle – just a few of many reasons why Chelsea might be the team for FM22.

*Information, stats, positions correct as of 25.10.2021*


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