Obviously the Premier League is all about Chelsea, but who are the other 19 teams and why should Blues fans care in the 2020/2021 season?
For whatever reason, there seems to be some confusion that this is, in fact, a Chelsea website. So if the title wasn’t a giveaway, this article will be a very Chelsea blue tinted glasses approach to the Premier League. Who else is there, who is worth watching, and who really isn’t in the world of Chelsea?
What are the playing for?: European places
What they’ll get?: Europa League, maybe
Why should Chelsea care?: It is a bit back and forth as to who is Chelsea’s biggest London rival, but Arsenal at least has a case for it since they have actually won stuff (over the Blues, unfortunately). Mikel Arteta seems like a good manager, but overall their squad seems to lack a great deal of quality. With the top of the table getting heavier than ever, they may have to settle for Europa League (again), but even that won’t be easy.
What are they playing for?: Survival
What they’ll get?: Survival provided they have no major slip ups against relegation rivals
Why should Chelsea care?: Honestly, John Terry as the assistant coach is the biggest draw here. When Dean Smith was on shaky “lose one more time and you’ll be sacked” ground before Covid, the only person that seemed poised to step in was Terry. Smith turned things around just enough to keep Villa up, but he likely won’t be afforded another chance this season in a similar situation. Whether that means Terry will be interim or not remains to be seen, but it’s worth an eye.
What are they playing for?: A midtable finish
What they’ll get?: A relegation battle that they survive, just
Why should Chelsea care?: Honestly there isn’t a whole lot here for the team the Blues played in preseason and opens the campaign against. They are ambitious and have a former Blue in Tariq Lamptey, but their reach still seems to exceed their grasp. The Blues were linked to both Lewis Dunk and Ben White over the summer, so Brighton may be worth watching for those two if the smoke around those rumors returns.
What are they playing for?: Europa League at best, midtable at worst
What they’ll get?: Midtable
Why should Chelsea care?: Honestly, there really isn’t a whole lot here to care about for the Blues. Burnley is the club most likely to be in the Europa League as well as a relegation battle and it is just hard to tell which it’ll be before a ball is kicked. They play a more old fashioned style of football that isn’t necessarily boring, but it isn’t very pleasing to the eye either. They can probably be ignored until the Blues play them.
What are they playing for?: World domination
What they’ll get?: Maybe England domination?
Why should Chelsea care?: Because the best club in the world spent the summer bringing in star after star for the best midfield the game has ever seen (don’t @ me). Chelsea feels like Chelsea again and more than that, this summer has felt like a throwback to when the Blues signed great players they didn’t need but that wasn’t the point. Obviously the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool is great and a realistic goal is simply to close it, but this feels like the most exciting Chelsea season in a long time.