Cup runs and title challenges: Predicting where Chelsea will finish in 2022 - TCC View
Despite all the woes wrapped around the club right now, Chelsea could finish the season as an unprecedented quadruple cup winner.
Thomas Tuchel’s men are still in every competition they were entered into at the beginning of the campaign, although the prospect of clinching silverware is more likely in some competition than others.
Below, we have predicted where we think the Blues will finish in each of the respective tournaments they are currently challenging for in 2022:
Arguably the prize that Chelsea fans most long to return to the trophy cabinet, this one, unfortunately, feels just out of reach.
After setting the pace early on in the yaer, Tuchel’s team have taken a back seat whilst Manchester City grab the wheel.
Eight wins in the opening ten league matches for the Blues has been followed by just four in the subsequent ten.
This undesirable run of results – coupled with City’s unstoppable surge up the table – has axed one of the three horses from the race.
Unless Chelsea can defeat Liverpool tomorrow and Pep Guardiola’s side on the 15th, we think the league title is heading back to Manchester.
Yet, the Champions League holders do secure a respectable third place, regardless of their injury-ravaged squad.
Having claimed European success last season, anything other than a strong run through this term’s contest would be viewed as a failure.
Chelsea defeat Lille in their round of 16 knockout clash to set up an enthralling quarter-final encounter.
By our estimation, the remaining sides from the opening elimination stage that Chelsea could face are Manchester City, Manchester United, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Ajax, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
Although it’s impossible to guess which of the seven Tuchel’s men will face, we think they should have enough in the tank to at least reach the semi-finals, but fail to go any further.
Chelsea’s FA Cup adventure kicks off on the 8th of January at home to Chesterfield.
As this and the next two rounds are usually a forgone conclusion, we’ve forecasted a quarter-final bow out for the Blues, as the pressure of a heavy campaign becomes too much.
Tuchel’s soldiers are already preparing for a semi-final battle against Tottenham Hotspur to be hosted at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday.
Chelsea have a habit of meeting their capital city rivals in the Carabao Cup, having played each other seven times since 2002.
This one swings in favour of the South West Londoners, setting up a showdown at Wembley with Arsenal, who defeat Liverpool over two legs.
The Blues avenge their FA Cup finale loss from 2019/20 by gunning down the Gunners 3-0.
Tuchel does get his hands on silverware.