Some of the team have given their predictions on how the season will go as a whole, including the Chelsea POTY and where we’ll finish in each competition.
Nischal Schwager-Patel – @NischalCFC
I’m always confident going into a new season, and this year is no different. Despite having limited new arrivals due to the transfer ban, the prospect of a new manager and new youth players is exciting. This is certainly a year of change and transition, but more of trust and belief in Frank Lampard to rebuild Chelsea and help aid the integration of youth players. It could be much better or much worse than last season, though one difference that I hope will be evident is the lack of toxicity and tension within the fanbase. There’s a lot to look forward to this season, though expectations are higher than ever.
League Finish: 4th
Last season I predicted us to finish 4th, and we bettered that by one place and one point. This season, I’m once again predicting that we’ll finish 4th, hopefully quite comfortably but it may be that we just make the Champions League spots again. A top four finish is the current target, with the aspiration of winning the league dampened by the dominance of Manchester City and Liverpool last season.
Predicted Chelsea POTY: Christian Pulisic
With no Eden Hazard to win it this year, I actually think it will be Christian Pulisic. It’s a huge long shot, especially considering he just joined the club, but with what I’ve seen and what I know he can achieve, I think Pulisic could have a breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge. I’m also tipping Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi to have good seasons, with Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi surely continuing their meteoric rises.
Trophy wins: 1
I’m predicting at least one trophy win, most likely the League Cup and/or the FA Cup. Truthfully I’m not expecting us to win silverware this season, but I never really do- it’s a nice bonus of course, but a trophyless season is never a failure to me.
How far we’ll get: Quarter-Finals (all)
I think we’ll reach the Quarter-Finals of the Champions League, before being beaten by stronger European opposition. If we don’t win the domestic cup competitions, we’ll also reach at least the quarter-finals, if not another final where we fall just short.
Jon – @Frenzys
All eyes on Chelsea this season after they lost Hazard, binned Sarri, and got themselves banned from making transfers until summer 2020, and frankly it will be a difficult season. However that doesn’t tell whether that will be a good or a bad way. Most likely, unless loanees can either overachieve or reach their real potential, it will be more of a tumultuous season.
League Finish – 5th, behind City, Liverpool, Spurs and United
Chelsea Player of the Year – Christian Pulisic
UCL – Round of 16
FA Cup – Winners
EFL Cup – Winners
Gabriel – @gm_tfanchat
I’m very happy Lampard is home, but I do not want him blamed for a situation that might not be his fault, for example, Sarri wasn’t able to put the ball in the back of the net, he can only give instructions. If the players don’t carry it out, what can the manager do? I think Lampard needs a lot of time in this job, which unfortunately isn’t Chelsea’s way. But I’m optimistic.
Predicted POTY – Hudson-Odoi
Champions League – Round of 16
FA Cup – Winner
Carabao Cup – Winner
UEFA Super Cup – Runner Up
Sam Nanopoulos – @GardenOfEden017
Most of the pre-season predictions I have seen seem to have Chelsea outside the top six. Despite the rise of teams like Wolves, Leicester and Everton I still can’t see them knocking any of Chelsea, United, Spurs and Arsenal. Despite the ban we have the signing of Pulisic to look forward to, and Batshuayi, Abraham, James and Mount will all feel like new signings as well. We have a new exciting manager and most our performances in pre-season have been positive, notably a win over Barcelona. I think defensively we will be just as inconsistent as last year, but going forward it doesn’t seem to clear were the goals are going to come from, with the departure of Hazard. I hope Abraham or Michy can step up, as well as more goals from the likes of Mount, Loftus-Cheek and Barkley in midfield.
League Finish: 5th
FA cup: Semi Final
Carabao Cup: Final
Champions League: R16
Predicted POTY: Jorginho
Shayan Ali – @FinallyChels
The Premier League is set to return and a new era starts for Chelsea, as Frank Lampard, a Chelsea legend, returns to the club, but this time as the manager. Chelsea are under a transfer ban and have to utilise some players from their youth academy. It will be a tough season for the blues, but Lampard needs time. The fans have to be patient. During pre-season the team has looked promising but Chelsea need to improve defensively and be more clinical. Players like Tammy Abraham need to learn from their mistakes in order to start for Chelsea week in week out. There are a couple of injuries for the blues going into this season, but with time things will improve.
My prediction is that Chelsea will finish 5th in Premier League this season. And the reason I say this is because I don’t think our squad is good enough to finish inside the top 4 this season. We lost Eden hazard and have a transfer ban so we have not gotten the chance to improve our team from last season. The teams in the top 6 have made some incredible signings and I don’t think we can compete with them.
I predict that our POTY will be Christian Pulisic. Chelsea signed him in January for 58 million pounds from Dortmund. He has looked very promising in pre-season and I think he will have a very good season with Chelsea.
Trophy wins/how far we’ll get
A good season for Chelsea would be to finish inside the top 4 alongside a trophy. I feel we will win the FA Cup this season but will miss out on top 4. In the Champions League I predict that we will get to the Quarter finals this season but not further than that.
Ameya – @LampardsLegacy
New season, new era at Chelsea Football Club, same lofty ambitions. The transfer ban may force us to keep our expectations realistic and down to earth. Lampard will definitely have the fans backing and with no high expectations, we could see the Chelsea board turning over a new leaf, a leaf of stability and not impatience. The transition season will be eased due to Sarri already laying the foundations and Lampard using similar, if not same, style of play. However, with our rivals strengthening their key areas, we could face an uphill task to qualify for the UCL again.
Our squad on paper seems weaker than others around us, but key players are yet to return from injury. Also, our players seem very motivated and gel well together. In my opinion, however we might just miss out on top 4, and finish 5th.
With Hazard gone, the POTY race is wide open and I can think of many players who might end up winning it. If pre-season is anything to go by, I can see many contenders: Barkley, Pulisic, Kovacic or Jorginho. However, with Kante back from injury, Kovacic’s role in the team might diminish. Loftus- Cheek could reduce the role of Barkley. He also faces competition from Mount. Hudson-Odoi, who is currently injured, is another contender, but he might win the YPOTY. If Pulisic can generate output, I think he is the favourite to win it.
Playing in the Champions League again is obviously a privilege, but I can’t see us progressing further than the quarter finals. The FA Cup and Carabao Cup is where I see another potential trophy for us, which Chelsea seems to be a magnet for. I think we will progress to the semi finals of one, and end up winning the other.
So there it is. Predictions for the upcoming season. It is going to be a difficult season by the looks of it, but our optimism can make all the difference.