Chelsea FC First Team Squad
The Senegalese international goalkeeper joined from Rennes in September 2020 on a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge. Mendy’s had an impressive start at Chelsea, amassing a run of six consecutive clean sheets between October and November in 2020/21.
Edouard Mendy has become a popular figure among supporters and teammates, renowned for his formidable presence in the air and was instrumental to Chelsea’s Champions League success.
His performance in his maiden season at Chelsea saw him earn a nomination for the Yashin Trophy – an award recognising the game’s best goalkeepers. He was only the second goalkeeper in Chelsea history to be shortlisted for the award.
The Spanish international goalkeeper possesses fantastic reflexes and has developed his all-around game since establishing himself as Atheltic Bilbao’s first-choice ‘keeper’.
Kepa Arrizabalaga made his first appearance for Chelsea three days after signing and managed to keep 26 clean sheets during the 2018/19 Premier League.
He started 24 Premier League matches under former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and continues to play regularly under Thomas Tuchel, who has emphasised the importance of regular game time.
Arrizabalaga made his 100th Chelsea appearance in the third round FA Cup match against Morecambe.
Marcus Bettinelli joined Chelsea in July 2021 following the departure of Willy Caballero.
The 6ft 4in keeper has represented the England Under-21 team and established himself as Fulham’s first-choice keeper during the 2014/15 season. Although a knee ligament injury reduced his time on the pitch, Bettinelli played in both legs of the play-off semi-final against Reading.
He was also rewarded with a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad following his stellar performance during the 2018/19 Premier League.
Antonio Rudiger joined Chelsea from Roma on a five-year contract. Rudiger is a tough tackler, known for being quick on his feet and having a commanding presence in the air.
He broke his Chelsea duck in a Carabao Cup win over Everton during the 2017/18 season and scored his first Premier League goal in a home game against Swansea. Antonio Rudiger was a standout performer under former Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri until he sustained a knee injury in April 2019, and drew his season to a premature close.
During the 2020/21 Champions League season, Rudiger sent a brilliant ball over the top to Christian Pulisic, to assist in an away goal at Real Madrid in the first leg of the semi-final victory.
Chelsea is likely to make defender Antonio Rudiger among the highest-paid players at the club if they are to keep him at Stamford Bridge.
Marcos Alonso made his Chelsea debut in a League Cup win at Leicester in September 2016/17. He scored his first Chelsea goal in a brilliant 5-0 thriller on Bonfire Night against Everton.
Alonso went on to feature in over half of Chelsea’s 2020/21 League fixtures, including an FA Cup final and Chelsea’s impressive Champions League Round of 16-victory over Atletico Madrid.
The Spanish left-back was first recruited by Antonio Conte and has since become a key part of Thomas Tuchel’s team.
Andreas Christensen possesses composure on and off the ball, physicality, aerial ability and awareness in equal measures, making him an all-rounder.
Christensen is a product of Chelsea’s youth academy and earned his spot on the bench during Chelsea’s final game of the 2012/13 season against Everton.
Since joining Chelsea, he has demonstrated himself to be an accomplished full-back and defensive midfielder, becoming the first player to have won the UEFA Youth League, the Europa League and the Champions League.
Chelsea signed one of the biggest names in international football, Thiago Silva, in August 2020. His formidable presence on the ground and in the air earned him the nickname “The Monster”.
Silva has long been acknowledged as one of the world’s most accomplished and successful defenders, winning silverware in Brazil, Italy, France and England.
Thiago Silva has captained Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and the Brazilian national team.
Academy graduate, Trevoh Chalobah made his senior breakthrough in the Summer of 2018, securing a season-long loan in the Championship at Ipswich.
Chalobah made 44 appearances for the League Two team and scored two goals. He made his senior debut for Chelsea in the Super Cup fixture against Villarreal, playing the full 120 minutes. Three days later, he made his first Premier League appearance in a 3-0 victory against Crystal Palace, scoring his first goal for the club.
Chalobah has also worn the captain’s armband for England Under-16s and Under-17s.
Ben Chilwell joined Chelsea on a five-year contract from Leicester City in August 2020.
Although he likes to attack from left-back, Ben Chilwell has emerged as a player who can contribute from every area of the field. He is a modern full-back in every sense of the phrase, combining technique, pace and athleticism to become a dynamic player.
He was one of Chelsea’s best performers during the 2020/21 season and has adapted well to his new role under Thomas Tuchel. Chilwell also played a key role in a tense finish to the season, setting up the winning goal at West Ham United to ensure Chelsea remained in the top four of the Premier League.
Reece James has a long history with Chelsea. He’s trained with the club since the age of six and is a graduate of Chelsea’s development centre programme.
His athleticism, versatility and excellent crossing ability have helped him excel in his career. An ankle injury in the summer of 2018, meant that Reece James didn’t make his Blues debut until September but he marked the occasion with a goal in a massive Carabao Cup win against Grimsby.
He quickly established himself as Chelsea’s first-choice right-back under Frank Lampard and has made regular appearances for the Blues under Thomas Tuchel.
Cesar Azpilicueta’s defensive ability has seen him emerge as the first-choice right-back for Chelsea.
He signed for the Blues in August 2012 and ended his first campaign for the club with 48 appearances. During his second season for the Blues, he earned the Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year Award, before being named club captain in 2019.
Azpilicueta scored his first competitive goal for Chelsea during a Capital One Cup game against Arsenal and went on to become a key part of Jose Mourinho’s defence.
His versatility has proved to be invaluable to Thomas Tuchel, who moves Cesar Azpilicueta between the side, back three or as a wing-back. He made his 400th Chelsea appearance against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, becoming only the second overseas player to hit that landmark.
In 2020, the 21-year-old left Ligue 1 side Nice and signed a five-year deal with Chelsea. He had a spectacular start when he scored the only goal of the game on his debut in a Ligue 1 match against Rennes in August 2016. Sarr has also impressed supporters by scoring in the Europa League and has experience in the Champions League qualifying rounds.
Lucas Bergstrom is a goalkeeper who signed from Turun Palloserura during the 2018/19 season. He is known for being a very tall and imposing keeper who made his youth team debut in the final game of the 2018/19 season, keeping a clean sheet in a 2-0 win at Reading. After joining Andy Myers’ development squad for the 2020/21 season and making 12 Academy starts by Christmas, there was a new contract for Bergstrom, who committed himself to Chelsea until June 2024. He made 17 appearances across Academy competitions, including one in the FA Youth Cup.
The tall shot-stopper made a massive impression on the youth team, eventually signing on by Chelsea in the summer of 2020. Sharman-Lowe made his professional debut in the Papa John’s Trophy game against Peterborough United and was featured in the Carabao Cup second round. The Brewers faced Premier League side Aston Villa. Now back with Chelsea, Sharman-Lowe started their U21s Papa John’s Trophy draw at Exeter City.
Xavier Mbuyamba is a tall, athletic right-footed central defender who enjoys playing with the ball at his feet and is equally as strong in the air. He joined the Chelsea Academy in August 2020, having left Barcelona’s books earlier that summer. In April 2021, after making a recovery, Mbuyamba made his first outing in Blue and scored with his first touch for the club, scoring the third goal in a 3-1 win over Southampton.
Jorginho signed to Chelsea in July 2018 from Napoli and finished his first season at Stamford Bridge as a Europa League winner.
The Italian international is known for his technical qualities, assertiveness and ability to link defence and attack. During his Premier League debut for Chelsea, Jorginho converted a penalty to secure a 3-0 win over Huddersfield, silencing some of the critics.
Arguably, his most iconic performance for Chelsea was during the 2020/21 Champions League quarter-finals, where he was named Man of the Match by UEFA. Jorginho also became Chelsea’s top Premier League in the 2020/21 campaign and was shortlisted for the 2021 Ballon d’Or, alongside four of his Chelsea teammates.
N’Golo Kante left Leicester City and joined Chelsea on a five-year contract for the 2016/17 season.
With a Premier League winner’s medal and eight international caps to his name, his arrival at Chelsea was considered a major move for the club. Kante was almost indispensable under Antonio Conte and was later named PFA Player of the Year and Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association.
Kante was a giant among men in the tense 2020/21 Champions League final against Man City, winning more aerial duels than any Chelsea player and registering the highest number of ball recoveries.
He made his 200th Chelsea appearance during a Champions League victory against Atletico Madrid and is now only behind Cesar Azpilicueta for Chelsea appearances.
The Croatian international has plenty of experience having featured regularly in Serie A (with Inter Milan), La Liga (Real Madrid), the Champions League and at the international level. Mateo Kovacic is a ball-playing central midfielder who thrives on quick combinations. He combines hard work with skill in possession and penetrative passing. He can also play anywhere across the midfield and was named Chelsea Player of the Year for 2019/20.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been with Chelsea since the Under-8s age group and is a talented box-to-box midfielder capable of controlling games and playing in attack. Jose Mourinho handed him a first-team debut in a Champions League game against Sporting Lisbon in December 2014. He had his first taste of Premier League action when he came on as a late substitute in Blues 1-1 draw against Man City. Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has challenged Loftus-Cheek to “use his full potential” after the midfielder was praised for his performance against Malmo.
Ross Barkley became a Chelsea player when he moved to Stamford Bridge from Everton in January 2018. Barkley spent most of the 2020/21 campaign on loan with Aston Villa. An injury-interrupted campaign at Villa Park began with a goal in a 7-2 thrashing of Liverpool. He scored three times in 24 appearances overall.
In August 2021, Saul Niguez moved from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea on a season-long loan deal with an option for a permanent transfer at the end of the season. During his pre-Chelsea time with Atleti, he played 340 matches and scored 43 goals where Saul won the Europa League twice, the Copa del Rey, the Spanish and UEFA Super Cups and recently the league title in his homeland.
Mason Mount has been training at the club since he was six years old and signed at the Under-9 age group. He has always been an attacking midfielder, capable of playing in any of the central midfield roles and is particularly strong at going from box-t0-box.
Lewis Baker has been with Chelsea since the Under-10s age group, a two-footed creative and technical midfield player. Baker scored once in 19 appearances for our youth team while still, a schoolboy in 2010/11 and the following season was the joint-top appearance maker with 22 games played. He was also the regular penalty taker, the source of four of his five goals.
Romelu Lukaku is one of the most prolific strikers in European football by adding attacking firepower to Thomas Tuchel’s squad of European champions. He was named in UEFA’s team of the Euro 2020, during which he netted four times in Belgium’s run to the quarter-finals, where they were knocked out by eventual champions Italy. He is by some distance Belgium’s all-time top goalscorer and now rejoins the Blues to help us win other domestic and continental honours.
Nationality: United States
Christian Pulisic became a member of the Chelsea squad for the 2019/20 season with an agreement first reached in January 2019 for his permanent transfer from Borussia Dortmund. He is known for being agile, quick and two-footed, making Pulisic a natural right-winger but still comfortable playing on the left or behind a striker. In the home leg against Porto, he was named man of the match, having almost single-handedly taken the attack to their Portugueses opponents, drawing an astonishing 11 fouls, the most in a single game in the competition in the previous five years.
Aged 24 years old when he signed, he had previously enjoyed the most successful years of his career playing as a central striker with Leipzig, using his pace to run in behind defences and craft out chances, and at Chelsea it quickly became evident he is equally as adept deployed in a wide role creating space for others. He made his mark domestically in the closing stages as well. The winning goals against Manchester City and Leicester City in the Premier League, which were so important to securing a top-four finish, both came from Werner assists, as did the Hakim Ziyech strike against Man City that booked our place in the FA Cup final.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is an attacking player who joined the club during his Under-8s year and has regularly been a scorer and creator of goals throughout his schoolboy years. He is a very talented, skilful individual who can play in any attacking position. In 2020/21, the big surprise on Thomas Tuchel’s first team sheet as Chelsea head coach was the appearance of Hudson-Odoi in an unfamiliar wing-back position. However, it proved to be an inspired decision as he delivered one of the stand-out performances from that draw at Wolves.
Hakim Ziyech is Blue’s first Moroccan international. The predominantly left-footed attacking midfielder caught the eye with his performances cutting in from the right-wing at Ajax and operating as a more traditional winger on the left or the middle behind a striker. In March, Ziyech was to play a more significant role for Thomas Tuchel, enjoying his most consistent spell with Chelsea after seeming to put his injury problems behind him, allowing him to make his presence felt in some key games.
Kai Havertz had become one of German football’s highest-rated young players following his breakthrough at Bayer Leverkusen, setting a series of records for his achievements, including those for the youngest player to make 50 and 100 Bundesliga appearances, which were both previously held by Werner. The 22-year-old was hugely influential in so much of what Chelsea did in the final third during the decisive second leg of their Champions League semi-final victory over Real Madrid in 2020/21. Havertz rounded the goalkeeper, slotted in the goal, and made Chelsea European champions again in Porto.
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