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Milestones, Chelsea firsts and more…

As the dust continues to settle on the season just completed, we collect together the landmarks achieved and records set by Chelsea players in 2020/21…


Milestone men

Cesar Azpilicueta made his 400th appearance, at home to Man City, only the second overseas player to reach that landmark after with Petr Cech.

N’Golo Kante recorded his 200th appearance, away at Atletico Madrid.

Jorginho registered his 100th appearance, at home to Liverpool.

Mateo Kovacic made his 100th appearance, at home to Barnsley in the Carabao Cup.

Olivier Giroud recorded his 100th appearance, at home to Krasnodar.

Kepa Arrizabalaga registered his 100th appearance, at home to Morecambe.

Mason Mount made his 100th appearance, away to Real Madrid.

Cesar Azpilicueta played his 150th game as captain, away at Porto.


Team facts

With the win at Brighton in September, Chelsea became only the third club to reach 2,000 Premier League points. joining Manchester United and Arsenal.

That game against Brighton was also our 600th win since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003, as well as our 400th victory in the Premier League.

In our opening home match of the season, against Liverpool, Andreas Christensen became the first Chelsea player to be sent off in the Premier League since Tiemoue Bakayoko in a 4-1 defeat at Watford on 5 February 2018.

The Blues had gone 89 top-flight games without a red card, a club record in the competition. The previous high was 60 between 8 May 2004 (Robert Huth at Old Trafford) and 15 January 2006 (Arjen Robben at Sunderland).


Three firsts

Thiago Silva became the first player to captain Chelsea on his Premier League debut (West Brom away).

Against Crystal Palace at home, Jorginho became the first Chelsea player to score two penalties in the same match on two separate occasions.

Ben Chilwell became the first defender to score on his Premier League debut for Chelsea, against Crystal Palace at home.


For the ages

In Sevilla, Olivier Giroud became the oldest player to score a hat-trick (34 years 63 days) in the Champions League/European Cup since Ferenc
Puskas for Real Madrid in 1965).

Giroud is the first player to score in six consecutive Premier League starts for Chelsea since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in October 2001. At 34 years and 66 days, he is the oldest player to score in six consecutive Premier League starts.

Tammy Abraham scored his 21st league goal in his 50th Premier League appearance for the club against Arsenal on Boxing Day. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (34) and Diego Costa (31) scored more in their first 50 Premier League appearances for the club.

Against Luton Town in the FA Cup, Mason Mount (22 years 14 days) became our youngest captain since John Terry, who captained for the first time two days before his 21st birthday against Charlton in December 2001.

Against Burnley, Mason Mount (22 years 21 days) became the youngest English player to make 50 Premier League starts for Chelsea since John Terry in 2002 (21 years 124 days). A week later, in our win at Sheffield United, Mount became the second youngest player to score 10 Premier League goals for the Blues after Arjen Robben (21 years 342 days).

The boss

Thomas Tuchel was named Premier League Manager of the Month in March, the first Chelsea recipient since Frank Lampard in October 2019.

Manager of the Month awards (1993-21)

Thomas Tuchel  Mar 2021
Frank Lampard  Oct 2019
Antonio Conte  Oct 2016
Antonio Conte  Nov 2016
Antonio Conte  Dec 2016
Rafael Benitez  Apr 2013
Carlo Ancelotti  Mar 2011
Carlo Ancelotti  Apr 2011
Carlo Ancelotti  Aug 2010
Carlo Ancelotti  Nov 2009
Avram Grant  Apr 2008
Jose Mourinho  Mar 2007
Jose Mourinho  Jan 2005
Jose Mourinho  Nov 2004
Claudio Ranieri  Mar 2004
Claudio Ranieri  Sep 2003


Since Tuchel’s first game in charge on 27 January, no Premier League team have lost fewer games (5), conceded fewer goals (16) or kept more clean sheets (19) across all competitions than Chelsea.

Tuchel was unbeaten in his first 14 games in all competitions, surpassing Luiz Felipe Scolari’s club-record 12 games set in 2008.


In 2020/21…

Chelsea played our 150th league game against Newcastle United

Our 150th Premier League penalty was awarded versus Leicester at home, converted by Jorginho

Our equal club-record run of seven successive clean sheets ended versus Sheffield United (in the FA Cup). The previous occasions were in 1905/06, 2003/04 and twice in 2005/06.

Jorginho is Chelsea’s top league goalscorer for the 2020/21 season with seven goals – all of them from the penalty spot. The last top-flight season in which the Blues had such a low-scoring top goalscorer was in 1974/75 (Ian Hutchinson with seven goals).

Mason Mount became the 11th Chelsea youth product to win the club’s Player of the Year award after Peter Bonetti, John Hollins, Peter Osgood, Gary Locke, Ray Wilkins, Tommy Langley, Clive Walker, Mike Fillery, Frank Sinclair and John Terry.

Champions of Europe

Chelsea have claimed the trophy from six of the seven major European finals in our history, with the Champions League triumph our fourth European success under the ownership of Roman Abramovich (Champions League in 2020/21 and 2011/12, Europa League in 2012/13 and 2018/19).

Edouard Mendy kept nine clean sheets in 12 games in the Champions League - no keeper has ever kept more in a single campaign in the competition (level with Santiago Canizares for Valencia in 2000/01 and Keylor Navas for Real Madrid in 2015/16). His nine clean sheets is the most ever by a goalkeeper in their maiden campaign in the competition.

Across our 13 Champions League games we were trailing for a total of just five minutes and 23 seconds.

Only AC Milan have won the Champions League (since 1992/93) conceding fewer than our four goals.
 


N’Golo Kante was named UEFA’s man of the match in the Champions League final against Man City and in both legs of the semi-final against Real Madrid. He won the award four times in our seven knockout matches in the competition (Olivier Giroud, Jorginho and Christian Pulisic won the others).

Chelsea are the first team to win all three main European club competitions twice following our Champions League triumphs in 2021 and 2012, and victories in the Europa League in 2019 and 2013 and Cup Winners’ Cup in 1998 and 1971.

Thiago Silva (36 years 249 days) is Chelsea’s oldest player to appear in a major European final, overtaking Claude Makelele against Manchester Utd in the 2008 Champions League final (35 years 93 days).

Mason Mount and Andreas Christensen are the first players to win the UEFA Youth League and the Champions League.

Andreas Christensen
2015 UEFA Youth League final v Shakhtar Dontesk W 3-2
2019 UEFA Europa League final v Arsenal W 4-1
2021 UEFA Champions league final v Manchester City W 1-0

Mason Mount
2016 UEFA Youth League final v Paris Saint-Germain W 2-1
2021 UEFA Champions league final v Manchester City W 1-0

 

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