Season review: Chelsea
So then, another season of the Premier League is done and dusted and it’s time for the 20 teams to start reviewing their campaigns and putting plans in place for the 2019/2020 term.
Little has changed at the top of the league with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City marching to back-to-back English top-flight titles after the title race went right down to the wire.
However, the battle for the top four was just as absorbing with Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United tussling fiercely in the final few matchdays to clinch those elusive final two UEFA Champions League spots. The Blues eventually prevailing by finishing third, a point ahead of Spurs.
But it wasn’t just in the league where Maurizio Sarri’s men showed great progress in 2018/2019, reaching the finals of both the Carabao Cup and UEFA Europa League despite being knocked out in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup. They face the Gunners in Baku in the latter final at the end of May.
In light of all this, today we review the season so far of the West Londoners, from their big turning point, to what should be done to improve in the summer and whether their new manager is safe after his first domestic term in English football…
There were many turning points over the course of the season for Chelsea, negative and positive. However, the biggest was of the former variety and occurred in the early part of the campaign.
Heading into their Premier League matchday 13 trip to face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium, the Stamford Bridge club were unbeaten with eight wins and four draws in the league, looking like serious title contenders alongside Man City and Liverpool.
But that all changed when they were downed 3-1 by Mauricio Pochettino’s men as Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son strikes rendered a late Olivier Giroud goal nothing more than a consolation. From here, the Blues would lose two of their next five and were suddenly battling to keep a grip on a top-four place rather than to lift the English top-flight trophy for the seventh time.