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2019/20 Season Rewind for U.S. Chelsea Fans

The last few weeks, the official U.S. Twitter account for Chelsea, @ChelseaFCinUSA, took a look back at the 2019/20 season, reviewing all the statistics, achievements and key moments for the Blues and its players. Here’s your roundup of our top posts from the season rewind.

Kurt Zouma

Zouma enjoyed his 100th appearance with the club in January 2020. Playing mostly at center-back, the Frenchman earned an 88.4% passing accuracy and won 139 aerial challenges in all competitions for Chelsea during the 2019/20 season. He also was a standout with 180 clearances last season – 65 more than any other Chelsea player.

N’Golo Kante

As one of the best defensive midfielders in the game, Kante made 58 tackles and 56 interceptions last season. This contributes to his total of 411 interceptions since 2015/16 – that’s more than any other player in the Premier League. On November 23, 2019, Kante celebrated his 150th Chelsea appearance with a goal against Manchester City.

Reece James

This young player was a strong defenseman in his first season with our senior team. That didn’t stop him from scoring memorable goals against Grimsby and Ajax and producing plenty of great crosses from the right flank. On November 5, 2019, Reece James, became the club’s youngest ever goal-scorer in Champions League history at 19 years and 332 days old.

Tammy Abraham

Abraham started the 2019/20 season as the first-choice striker. We went on to score a team-high 18 goals in 47 games for the Blues. As a result, Abraham also broke Frank Lampard’s 15-goal club record from 2012/13 for most Premier League goals in a season from an English player.

Mateo Kovacic

During the first half of the 2019/20 campaign, his second season at the club, Kovacic enjoyed the best form of his Chelsea career to date. Last season, Kovacic attempted 50+ dribbles and had the highest dribble success rate of any individual in the Premier League with 79%. He also scored his first goal for us against Valencia – his first in nearly three years.

Cesar Azpilicueta

Named permanent captain by Lampard following Cahill's departure, Azpilicueta played 4,313 minutes last season – the most minutes of any other Chelsea player. And he used that time well, making 107 tackles and winning 254 duels. In addition, only eight defenders have provided more than Azpilicueta’s 31 assists in Premier League history.

Mason Mount

Mason Mount has been training at the club since he was six years old. After being on loan at Vitesse Arnhem and Derby County, the 21-year-old midfielder enjoyed an impressive debut season with the Blues. Mount appeared in a team-high 53 matches and scored eight goals – the most by an English midfielder for Chelsea since Frank Lampard’s 15 Premier League goals in 2012/13.

Olivier Giroud

Since arriving at Chelsea with a proven pedigree in 2018, Giroud has scored more headed goals than any other player in the Premier League with 31 total headers. During the 2019/20 season, the striker scored 10 goals in competition. With five of those after the restart, he is the oldest player to score in five consecutive Premier League matches.

Christian Pulisic

Signed from Borussia Dortmund, Pulisic was the only non-Academy player to make his Blues debut in 2019/20. The American proved his worth with 11 goals. Of those goals, Pulisic became the youngest Chelsea player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League. He got it early in the season against Burnley in October 2019 when he was 21 years and 328 days old. A series of minor injuries limited Pulisic’s playing time, but he sure made up for it, especially after the restart.

Full Team 2019/20 Season Stats

In Frank Lampard’s first campaign as manager, Chelsea finished fourth in the Premier League. That’s the highest finish for an English manager in their debut season since Nottingham Forest with Frank Clark finished third in 1994/95. 

Chelsea underwent a youth revolution last season with a number of talented young players making their mark at Stamford Bridge for the first time. In November 2019, in their 2–0 win against Crystal Palace, the average age of Chelsea’s starting XI was their youngest ever in a Premier League match. Later in the season, on August 8, 2020, the Blues became the first team in Champions League history to start three English players 21 years old or younger – Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount – in a knockout match. With a season of impressive stats and achievements, American Blues fans can hold their head high.

What a Campaign!

And now, let’s look ahead: U.S. fans, what are you looking forward to the most for this new 2020/21 season? Download The 5th Stand, Chelsea’s official mobile app, and leave a comment for this article.

 

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