Chelsea is an old team that took its time to warm up. Once it did, however, it began amassing titles left and right. The Blues from Stamford Bridge have won a lot of the major tournaments both on the domestic and international fronts. In fact, the club finished at the top of the premier League in the 2014-2015 season. Unfortunately, they only managed to get tenth place last season with a 12-14-12 win-draw-loss card. Now they have a new manager and a couple of new players to reinforce the team. Will this be enough to get another FA Cup win?
Previous FA Cup Titles
If we consider its history, then we can say for certain that the club does know how to navigate this long and punishing competition. The Blues were declared as champions a total of 7 times. The first was in 1970 — a preview of what was to come. It was from the late 90s onwards that the team truly found its form, getting multiple wins in the FA Cup, the Football League Cup, the FA Community Shield, and different UEFA club tournaments. Its last FA Cup win was is 2012 which is fairly recent. Current champion Manchester United will surely try to block its path but Chelsea will always give a good fight.
One of the newest weapons in the club’s arsenal is manager Antonio Conte. He received the Best Coach of the Year trophy in the 2013 Global Soccer Awards for guiding Juventus. The 46-year old Italian played for the Italian National Team between 1994 and 2000. He eventually coached the team from 2014 to 2016, right before he got the call to head Chelsea. As a player, he was known for his tenacity, leadership, and work ethic. He brings the same fiery personality to the field as a coach. Conte has already proven that he can formulate strategies that can bring titles. Everyone is waiting if he can do the same for this club.
Once the games start, Conte will have a lot of excellent players to work with. They still have prolific Spanish striker Diego Costa who is just 27. He scored 20 goals in the 2014-2015 season of the Premier League which is good enough to put him at number 3 in the rankings. Of course, he cannot do it alone. Also up the front are fellow strikers Loic Remy of France and Michy Batshuayi of Belgium. The latter is a recent transfer from Marseille for which he scored 26 goals in 62 appearances. At just 22 years old, this dynamic player can bring a spark to the offense whenever needed.
Thibaut Courtois of Belgium will continue to guard the net. The young goal keeper has always been reliable with many clean sheets to his name. Asmir begovic and Jamal Blackman can also take on the role if asked. Another new name to watch out for is French midfielder N’Golo Kante recently transferred from Leicester City. He is part of the French senior national team.