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Chelsea: Manager, Stadium, Key Fixtures & Squad

After finishing in the bottom half of the Premier League for the first time since 1995/96, Chelsea are under pressure to at least be challenging for a European place this season.

Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Captain: Reece James
Top league scorer last season: Kai Havertz (7)
Last season's position: 12th

Chelsea 2023/24 Premier League odds

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Key Fixtures

Fixtures
  • Opening Day (13th August 2023) - Chelsea v Liverpool
  • London Derby (2nd October 2023) - Fulham v Chelsea
  • London Derby (21st October 2023) - Chelsea v Arsenal
  • London Derby (6th November 2023) - Tottenham v Chelsea
  • Boxing Day (26th December 2023) - Chelsea v Crystal Palace
  • London Derby (13th January 2024) - Chelsea v Fulham
  • London Derby (24th February 2024) - Chelsea v Tottenham
  • London Derby (16th March 2024) - Arsenal v Chelsea
  • Final Day (19th May 2024) - Chelsea v Bournemouth

Manager - Mauricio Pochettino

  • Date Joined - May 2023
  • Date of Birth - 02/03/1972
  • Nationality - Argentinian
  • Previous Clubs - Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham, Southampton, Espanyol

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Stadium

Stamford Bridge
  • Name - Stamford Bridge
  • Capacity - 40,341
  • Record Attendance - 82,905 vs Arsenal (October 1935)
  • Opened - 1877 (Renovated in 1998)

Key Player - Christopher Nkunku

  • Position - Attacking Midfielder
  • Date Joined - June 2023
  • Fee paid - £52m
  • Nationality - French

One to Watch - Levi Colwill

  • Position - Centre Back
  • Date Joined - August 2011 (Academy)
  • Fee Paid - Free
  • Nationality - English

Transfers

Transfers

In:
Nicolas Jackson (Villarreal - £32m)
Christopher Nkunku (Leipzig - £52m)
Diego Moreira (Benfica - Free)
Angelo (Santos - £13m)
Romeo Lavia (Southampton - £58m)
Cole Palmer (Man City - £45m)
Axel Disasi (Monaco - £38m)
Moises Caicedo (Brighton - £115m)
Lesley Ugochukwu (Rennes - £23m)
Robert Sanchez (Brighton - £25m)
Deivid (Santos - £17m)
Djordje Petrovic (New England Revolution - £14m)

Out:
Kalidou Koulibaly (Al Hilal - £17m)
Mateo Kovacic (Man City - £25m)
Edouard Mendy (Al-Ahly - £16m)
Kai Havertz (Arsenal - £65m)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Milan - £15m)
N’Golo Kante (Al Ittihad - Free)
Mason Mount (Man United - £55m)
Cesar Azpilicueta (Atletico Madrid - Free)
Baba Rahman (PAOK - Free)
Christian Pulisic (AC Milan - £20m)
Ethan Ampadu (Leeds United - £7m)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Marseille - Free)
Armando Broja (Fulham - Loan)
Ian Maatsen (Borussia Dortmund - Loan)
David Datro Fofana (Burnley - Loan)

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Last season's performance

Last season couldn't really have gone much worse for Chelsea. New owner and chairman Todd Boehly arrived in West London promising much, but delivered little.

The American sacked head coach Thomas Tuchel in September, hired and fired Graham Potter who was gone by April and then brought back Frank Lampard to see out their worst season since the mid-1990s.

Around £600million was spent on new players through two transfer windows as Boehly and his team trawled the globe looking for players and the upshot, perhaps unsurprisingly, was a chaotic anti-climax.

This season's prospects

For the first time since 2016/17, Chelsea have no European football to play, which means the aspirations for manager Mauricio Pochettino are very simple - get the Blues back in the top six as a minimum.

In keeping with the recent past, Pochettino was allowed to spend lavishly on yet more new blood, with RB Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku arriving for £52m and another forward, Nicolas Jackson, coming in from Villarreal for £32m.

It's easy to see why Pochettino wants to try something different up front given their troubles in front of goal in 2022/23, a season in which they scored just 38 goals.

Are Chelsea turning a corner?

Last five seasons

SeasonLeague finish
2022/2312th
2021/223rd
2020/214th
2019/204th
2018/193rd

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