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2015–16 Chelsea F.C. season

The 2015–16 season was Chelsea's 102nd competitive season, 27th consecutive season in the top flight of English football, 24th consecutive season in the Premier League, and 110th year in existence as a football club.[4] They entered this season as reigning champions after winning the league for a fifth time the previous season, and also participated in the FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield and the UEFA Champions League. The season covers the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.

Chelsea
2015–16 season
Newcastle United vs Chelsea, 26 September 2015 (04).JPG
Chelsea players during the 2–2 draw at Newcastle United, September 2015
OwnerRoman Abramovich
ChairmanBruce Buck
ManagerJosé Mourinho
(until 17 December 2015)
Guus Hiddink (interim,
from 19 December 2015)
StadiumStamford Bridge
Premier League10th
FA CupSixth round
League CupFourth round
FA Community ShieldRunners-up
UEFA Champions LeagueRound of 16
Top goalscorerLeague: Diego Costa (12 goals)
All: Diego Costa (16 goals)
Highest home attendance41,642 vs Southampton
(3 October 2015)[1]
Lowest home attendance37,591 vs Paris Saint-Germain
(9 March 2016)[2]
Average home league attendance41,500[3]

Month by month reviewEdit

JuneEdit

Left winger Gaël Kakuta leaves the Blues to join La Liga side Sevilla, for a fee of £2.5 million.[5][6][7]

Goalkeeper Petr Čech leaves the club to join London rivals Arsenal on a three-year deal. The legendary Czech played 486 games for the Blues in all competitions winning four Premier League medals, four FA Cup medals, three League Cup medals and one UEFA Champions League medal.[8][9]

Petr Čech starred in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, saving an extra time penalty from Arjen Robben as well as two penalties in the penalty shoot out and was subsequently named Fans' Man of the Match.[10] While at the Blues, Čech holds a number of goalkeeping records, including the Premier League record for fewest appearances required to reach 100 clean sheets, having done so in 180 league appearances.[11] During the 2004–05 season, Čech went 1,025 minutes without conceding a goal – a Premier League record, until it was surpassed by Edwin van der Sar of Manchester United.[12] He won the Golden Glove three times; in the 2004–05, 2009–10 and 2013–14 as the Premier League goalkeeper with the most clean sheets. Čech kept a club record 220 clean sheets for Chelsea in all competitions.

JulyEdit

On 3 July, the Blues announced the signing of Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan deal from Monaco.[13][14]

Young central midfielders Josh McEachran and Marco van Ginkel leave the Blues on a permanent basis and on loan, respectively. McEachran joins Championship club Brentford on a four-year deal for a reported £750,000,[15][16] while Van Ginkel joins Stoke City on a year-long loan deal.[17][18] Along with Van Ginkel moving on a season-long loan, U21 player Andreas Christensen joins Borussia Mönchengladbach,[19] while Nathan and Isaiah Brown join Eredivisie club Vitesse Arnhem.[20]

On 13 July, the Blues completed the signing of Bosnian goalkeeper Asmir Begović from Stoke City on a four-year deal for a reported £8 million.[21][22] Patrick Bamford extends his contract for another three years and is loaned to Premier League outfit Crystal Palace.[23]

José Mourinho also confirmed that Bertrand Traoré will be a part of his first team plans next season, as is Victor Moses. On 28 July, left back Filipe Luís leaves the Blues after just one year, moving back to former club Atlético Madrid for a reported £11.1 million.

AugustEdit

Chelsea lost the 2015 FA Community Shield 1–0 to Arsenal thanks to an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain goal in the 24th minute. Diego Costa missed the game through injury, and it was the first time Arsène Wenger defeated José Mourinho in 14 attempts.[24]

On 3 August, Todd Kane signs a new three-year deal at the club, therefore keeping him at the Blues until 2018.[25] Young England forward Dominic Solanke joins fellow Blues players Isiah Brown, Lewis Baker, Nathan and Danilo Pantić on loan at Dutch Eredivisie team Vitesse Arnhem on a season long loan.[26]

On 5 August, Chelsea lost to Fiorentina 1–0.[27][28]

Mohammed Salah joins Roma on a season long loan and Todd Kane joins NEC Nijmegen.[29][30] On 7 August, manager José Mourinho has signed a new four-year contract, keeping him at Stamford Bridge until at least 2019.[31] Young centre-back Alex Davey joins Peterborough United on a one-month loan deal.[32]

Chelsea started their Premier League campaign at home against Swansea City. Swansea come from behind twice to draw 2–2 with ten-man Chelsea. Oscar gave the Blues the lead before André Ayew drew Swansea level, yet Chelsea went in 2–1 up at the break thanks to a Federico Fernández own goal. Six minutes into the second half, Thibaut Courtois was sent off for a last man foul on Bafétimbi Gomis, where Gomis then stepped up to equalise for the Swans.[33][34][35] This match involved an incident in which Eva Caneiro, the Chelsea team doctor, came on to treat Eden Hazard – an action for which she was later criticised by José Mourinho. Caneiro would later take the club to court and eventually won a £5 million settlement. This event, however, signalled the beginning of a downward spiral that would culminate in José Mourinho's sacking.

Oriol Romeu joins Southampton after four years as a Chelsea player in which he made 33 appearances, scoring once from the penalty spot against Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2012.[36]

Nathan Aké has signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea and will continue his development by spending this season on loan in the Premier League at Watford.[37][38]

Manchester City hammered the Blues 3–0 at the Etihad Stadium, goals from Sergio Agüero, Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho condemning José Mourinho to his joint-heaviest defeat whilst in charge of Chelsea.[39] Despite only being the second game of the season, Manchester City move five points ahead of the Blues. Directly after the game, German Bundesliga club FC Augsburg announce that Baba Rahman has signed for Chelsea for a reported fee of £21.7 million.[40][41][42][43]

The Blues announce the signing of Barcelona winger Pedro for a reported £21.4 million, signing a four-year deal with Chelsea. Pedro has won the World Cup, European Championship, three UEFA Champions Leagues and numerous titles in Spain with Barça.[44][45][46] Pedro will wear the number 17 shirt, which was given to Baba Rahman, the latter vacating it to number 6. The number 17 was previously worn by Eden Hazard and Mohamed Salah.[47]

On 23 August, the Blues announced the signing of Kenedy from Fluminense, who will wear the number 16 shirt.[48] Pedro stars on his Chelsea debut as he scores one and assists another as the Blues win their first game of the season against West Bromwich Albion. Thibaut Courtois saved a first half James Morrison penalty before goals from Pedro, Diego Costa and César Azpilicueta sent Chelsea in 3–1 up at the break. Despite having John Terry sent off in the 54th minute, Chelsea held on to claim all three points.[49]

Chelsea are drawn away against Walsall in the Third Round Capital One Cup.[50][51] While Juan Cuadrado signs on a year-long loan deal for Italian Serie A club Juventus.[52][53]

In José Mourinho's 200th Premier League match, Chelsea lost 1–2 to Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge. The defeat was only Mourinho's second home defeat in his Chelsea career. Goals from Bakary Sako and Joel Ward either side of Radamel Falcao's first goal for the Blues sent Chelsea eight points behind leaders Manchester City.[54]

Position at the end of August
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
13 Chelsea 4 1 1 2 6 9 −3 4

SeptemberEdit

 
Chelsea players celebrate their goal against Maccabi Tel Aviv.

On transfer deadline day, Chelsea announced the signing of Nantes defender Papy Djilobodji for a reported £2.7 million.[55] Victor Moses extends his contract for another four years and is loaned to West Ham United.[56] The Blues also signed Michael Hector for a reported £4 million from Reading; he was immediately loaned back to Reading for the entirety of the season.[57]

First choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is ruled out for up to three months with a knee injury.[58] The Blues' poor form continued as they suffered another defeat, this time away at Everton. A Steven Naismith hat-trick condemned Chelsea to a third defeat after just five games, as many as they suffered in the entire previous season.[59]

Chelsea win their first home game of the season as they defeat Maccabi Tel Aviv 4–0. Goals from Willian, Oscar, Diego Costa and Cesc Fàbregas sent the Blues top of Group G after one game.[60] This victory was Chelsea's first clean sheet since the Blues won the title last May 1–0 against Crystal Palace.[61]

 
Diego Costa eyeballs Arsenal's Gabriel. The latter would be the recipient of a red card later rescinded, while the former was charged with violent conduct.

Goals from Kurt Zouma and a Callum Chambers own goal gave Chelsea a 2–0 victory over nine-man Arsenal. Gabriel and Santi Cazorla were sent off for the Gunners, the former for kicking out at Diego Costa and the latter for receiving two yellow cards. The Blues also keep their first clean sheet of the 2015–16 Premier League season, Zouma's goal was his first in the Premier League for Chelsea.[62] Two days after the game, both Chelsea and Arsenal were charged with failing to control their players and Costa was charged with an act of violent conduct for the incident that started the disturbance, where he slapped Laurent Koscielny in the face, which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.[63] Costa was given a three-match suspension,[64] while Gabriel had his three-match suspension withdrawn after a "wrongful dismissal claim" from Arsenal and he was available for their next match.[65]

Chelsea came from 2–0 down with ten minutes to play to secure a point away to Newcastle United thanks to late goals from substitutes Ramires and Willian. Ayoze Pérez and Georginio Wijnaldum sent the Magpies ahead before the Brazilian substitutes sent the Blues five points off the top four.[66]

The Blues' last game in September finished in a 2–1 loss at Porto in a hard-fought game. Chelsea failed to claim a draw as goals from André André and Maicon sent Porto one point ahead of Chelsea.[67]

Position at the end of September
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
15 Chelsea 7 2 2 3 11 14 −3 8

OctoberEdit

 
Chelsea's starting eleven against Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Champions League.

Chelsea's poor start to the season continued as Southampton came from behind to record a victory at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have taken only eight points from a possible 24 this season and are only four above the relegation zone.[68] After Saturday's home defeat, Chelsea have offered their full support to manager José Mourinho. Meanwhile, Blues captain John Terry says the 52-year-old Portuguese is the best person to help the club recover from their miserable start. "If anyone is going to get us out of this hole it is going to be José Mourinho", said the 34-year-old defender.[69]

The Blues defeat Aston Villa 2–0 at Stamford Bridge, with a Diego Costa goal and an Alan Hutton own goal. José Mourinho dropped Eden Hazard, Nemanja Matić and Gary Cahill and chose to start youngsters Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Baba Rahman.[70] Four days later, Chelsea draw 0–0 with Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv, keeping them in third place one point behind the Ukrainian champions.[71]

José Mourinho and Nemanja Matić were sent-off as Chelsea's miserable Premier League campaign continued with a 2–1 defeat at West Ham on 24 October. Mauro Zárate fired the Hammers in front when Chelsea failed to clear a corner. Matić was sent off after being booked twice in nine minutes before the break, and Mourinho joined him after speaking to referee Jon Moss at half-time. Gary Cahill levelled from a corner but Andy Carroll met Aaron Cresswell's cross to send the Hammers to second in the table.[72]

Chelsea crashed out of the League Cup in the fourth round after Jack Butland's penalty shootout heroics earned ten-man Stoke City a 5–4 spot-kick win that increased the pressure on José Mourinho. Jonathan Walters struck a goal worthy of winning any contest to give Stoke the lead early in the second half, before Loïc Rémy's injury-time equaliser took the tie the distance at the Britannia Stadium. After nine out of the first nine spot-kicks were clinically despatched—with the likes of Charlie Adam, Marko Arnautović, Oscar, Rémy and Willian successful—Eden Hazard saw his attempt brilliantly saved by Jack Butland, who earned his side a place in the last eight.[73]

Philippe Coutinho scored twice as Liverpool came from behind to beat Chelsea 3–1 at Stamford Bridge on 31 October to ratchet up the pressure yet further on the beleaguered Mourinho. A Ramires header gave the Premier League champions the lead after just four minutes, but compatriot Coutinho fired Liverpool level in some style just before half-time. Oscar came close with a long-range chip, but chances were few and far between in the second half until another Coutinho effort clipped John Terry and flew past Asmir Begović. Christian Benteke made sure of the points with a composed finish in the closing minutes as Jürgen Klopp secured his first league win since taking charge of Liverpool.[74]

Position at the end of October
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
15 Chelsea 11 3 2 6 16 22 −6 11

NovemberEdit

 
Oscar with opposite number Ryan Mason in the London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea eased the pressure on manager José Mourinho as Willian's late winner gave them a crucial Champions League victory over Dynamo Kyiv at Stamford Bridge. The win moved the Blues into second place in Group G, three points behind leaders Porto, but now with a two-point cushion to Dynamo.[75]

Premier League-wise, though, Chelsea continued their struggle as they lost in a 1–0 away game at Stoke City. Seeing Norwich City win, this left them 16th in the League and three points above relegation.[76]

Chelsea recorded their first win in four Premier League matches as Diego Costa's first goal in seven games gave them a narrow victory over Norwich. The Blues finally broke through when Costa finished off Cesc Fàbregas' quickly taken free-kick. The home side were denied a second when Kurt Zouma's flick hit the crossbar.[77]

The Blues also secured back to back wins, after defeating Maccabi Tel Aviv 4–0. Goals from Gary Cahill, Willian, Oscar and Kurt Zouma sent Chelsea closer to the knockout phase, needing only one point home against Porto.[78]

Tottenham Hotspur extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to a club record 13 games with a 0–0 draw against Chelsea at White Hart Lane. Neither goalkeeper was to beaten before the final whistle, leaving Mourinho's side 14th in the table with one win in their last five Premier League matches.[79]

Position at the end of November
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
16 Chelsea 14 4 3 7 17 23 −6 15

DecemberEdit

 
The away goalmouth in Chelsea's home defeat to AFC Bournemouth.

Glenn Murray scored a dramatic late winning goal as AFC Bournemouth recorded one of the most famous wins in their history against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The substitute had been on the pitch for just 99 seconds before he bundled home the winner. Mourinho's side, who sit 14th in the table, have now suffered eight defeats in 15 league games and Eden Hazard's goalless streak stretching to 25 games in all competitions.[80]

Chelsea advanced to the Champions League knockout stage with a 2–0 victory, which eliminated opponents Porto and sent the Portuguese side into the Europa League. Costa, on the bench in the Blues' last two games, had a hand in the opening goal when his saved effort rebounded in off Iván Marcano and Willian scored the second goal.[81]

The Blues lost their ninth Premier League game (out of sixteen) of the season, while Leicester City moved to the top of the Premier League, in a 2–1 loss on Monday. This left the defending champions just one point clear of the relegation. Jamie Vardy scored for the sixth consecutive Premier League home match and Riyad Mahrez scored the second goal before Loïc Rémy could halve the deficit with 13 minutes remaining.[82]

 
Chelsea players in conversation with the referee during their defeat to Leicester City.

On 17 December, after the loss against Leicester City and after losing nine out of sixteen league games, manager José Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea.[83] Former Netherlands boss Guus Hiddink was appointed interim Chelsea manager until the end of the season following the sacking of Mourinho. The Dutchman was to be at Stamford Bridge for Sunderland's match, but Steve Holland took control of team matters for the game alongside Eddie Newton, who now took on the role of assistant first-team coach.[84]

Chelsea began their second post-José Mourinho era by scoring three goals in the Premier League for the first time in nearly four months to beat Sunderland. Fabio Borini pulled one back for Sunderland when he bundled in from close range, but that was not enough to take it to a comeback. The day was marked by fan protests and shows of support for Mourinho.[85]

On Boxing Day, Diego Costa scored twice as Guus Hiddink's second spell as Chelsea boss started with a 2–2 draw against Watford.[86]

On 28 December, keepers David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois were the stars of the show as Manchester United and Chelsea drew 0–0.[87]

Position at the end of December
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
14 Chelsea 19 5 5 9 23 29 −6 20

JanuaryEdit

 
Bryan Oviedo jockeys Pedro in the 3–3 draw against Everton.

Chelsea secured their first victory in Hiddink's second spell as boss to move six points clear of relegation with a win at Crystal Palace. A first-half goal from Oscar gave the Blues the lead at Selhurst Park, before second-half strikes from Willian and Diego Costa secured all three points.[88]

John Swift extended his loan with Championship club Brentford until the end of the season. Additionally, both Patrick Bamford and Christian Atsu returned to the club following their loan spells with Crystal Palace and Bournemouth respectively.[89]

On 10 January, Chelsea advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup, defeating Football League One side Scunthorpe United 2–0. Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored the second goal, the first of his senior career at Chelsea.[90]

On 24 January, Chelsea earned a 1–0 victory over Arsenal after a first-half goal from Diego Costa. With this win, Chelsea moved past West Bromwich Albion into 13th in the league over goal difference with 28 points.[91]

On 31 January, Chelsea rounded out the month with a 5–1 victory over Championship side MK Dons in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Blues will host Manchester City in the fifth round on 21 February.[92]

Position at the end of January
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
13 Chelsea 23 7 7 9 32 34 −2 28

FebruaryEdit

Chelsea began the month with back-to-back draws against league opponents Watford and Manchester United, 0–0 and 1–1, respectively.[93][94] The draw against Manchester United was marred by a serious knee injury to Kurt Zouma, which would rule him out until the following season.

Chelsea returned to their winning ways on 13 February, dominating Newcastle United 5–1 at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea led 2–0 within ten minutes thanks to goals from Diego Costa and Pedro. Costa later set up Willian, who finished to make the lead three goals at the 17 minute mark. In the second half, Pedro added a second goal, and Bertrand Traoré scored his first league goal to make it 5–0. The Magpies got a 90th-minute goal through Andros Townsend, but it was little consolation as the rout ended in favor of the Blues. The only other blemish of the game was a hamstring injury to club captain John Terry, who missed the next match.[95]

Chelsea then faced Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16. Chelsea were without John Terry and Kurt Zouma, due to injuries, and Nemanja Matić, as he had been suspended for accumulating two yellow cards. Because of this, Chelsea started Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanović at centre back, and Baba Rahman and César Azpilicueta at full-back. The Parisians dominated possession throughout much of the half and eventually capitalized in the 39th minute. Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel conceded a foul just outside the 18-yard box. PSG forward Zlatan Ibrahimović's free kick deflected off Mikel, who was part of the wall, and past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Just a few minutes later, however, Chelsea equalised through Mikel from a stoppage time corner kick. PSG regained their lead late in the game as Edinson Cavani, who had only entered the match moments prior as a substitute, broke through the Chelsea back line and beat Courtois. The lead would hold, with PSG holding a 2–1 lead heading into the second leg.[96]

Five days after the loss in Paris, Chelsea bounced back with a 5–1 win against Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup. City manager Manuel Pellegrini chose to play a weakened squad that featured five youth players making their senior debuts.[97] Chelsea struck first, Diego Costa scoring on a 35th-minute header. However, City immediately responded, with David Faupala scoring on his senior debut and tying the score going to halftime. However, Faupala's goal was the last glimmer of hope, as Chelsea would score four times in the second half. Four different Chelsea players scored in the second half: Willian, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard, and Bertrand Traoré. The final score was 5–1.[98] Later that day, Chelsea drew Everton as their opponent in the sixth round, to be played on 12 March.

Position at the end of February
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
12 Chelsea 27 9 9 9 40 37 +3 36

MarchEdit

 
Cesc Fàbregas helps Paris SG's Ángel Di María to his feet as Chelsea exit the UEFA Champions League.

Chelsea began March with a victory against Norwich City on the first day of the month. Chelsea scored just 39 seconds into the match behind a strike from Kenedy, a natural winger who had lined up as a left back. Having taken the lead in the first minute, Chelsea later doubled it in the final minute of the first half, with Diego Costa scoring in stoppage time. Norwich would cut the Blues' lead to one after a 68th-minute goal from Nathan Redmond. However, Chelsea would manage to hold on to their lead and win. The final score was 2–1.[99]

Four days later, Chelsea faced off with Stoke City. Chelsea scored through Bertrand Traoré in the 39th minute. Chelsea maintained their lead, but Mame Biram Diouf would equalize in the 85th. This score would hold, a 1–1 draw.[100]

On 9 March, Chelsea lost 1–2 (2–4 on aggregate) to PSG in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16. Adrien Rabiot put PSG ahead 16 minutes into the match. Chelsea's Diego Costa equalised 11 minutes later, putting the aggregate score 3–2 in favor of PSG. A second Chelsea goal would have forced extra time, and they looked the better side for the remainder of the second half, but failed to score such a goal on several chances. In the 60th minute, Costa went to ground with an injury and had to be replaced by Bertrand Traoré. Seven minutes later, Zlatan Ibrahimović connected with an Ángel Di María cross. This all but ended any chances of a Chelsea comeback, as, due to the away goals rule, would have needed to score three goals in just over 20 minutes. Chelsea failed to score even one, let alone three, and the score ended 1–2 (2–4 on aggregate) in favor of PSG.[101]

On 12 March, Chelsea lost 2–0 away to Everton in the sixth round of the FA Cup. Former Chelsea's player Romelu Lukaku scored both goals for Everton. As of 12 March, Chelsea were eliminated from all knockout competitions and sat 10th in the league.[102]

On 19 March, Chelsea earned a 2–2 draw with London rivals West Ham United at Stamford Bridge. West Ham United opened the scoring with a fantastic long range shot from Manuel Lanzini which sailed past Thibaut Courtois in the 17th minute. However, just before the half time break Spaniard Cesc Fàbregas equalized with a sublime free-kick. West Ham United re-took the lead in the 61st minute courtesy of substitute Andy Carroll. However, Chelsea replied again this time in the 88th minute after Ruben Loftus-Cheek was brought down by Michail Antonio in the penalty area, therefore earning the Blues a penalty with seconds of normal time remaining. Chelsea then found their second equalizer of the match after Cesc Fàbregas converted the penalty comfortably past goalkeeper Adrián.[103]

Position at the end of March
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
10 Chelsea 30 10 11 9 45 41 +4 41

AprilEdit

 
Debutant Alexandre Pato scores Chelsea's second of four at Villa Park from the penalty spot.

Chelsea began the month with a 4–0 away victory at Villa Park, beating a struggling Aston Villa side. Matt Miazga, Alexandre Pato and Jake Clarke-Salter all made their first-team debuts for Chelsea. Chelsea took the lead through Ruben Loftus-Cheek after his shot was deflected by Villa defender Joleon Lescott. The Blues then doubled their advantage through an Alexandre Pato penalty, after he was brought down in the area by Aly Cissokho. Pato had replaced the injured Loïc Rémy in the 23rd minute. Chelsea then scored a third through Pedro a minute into the second half. Pedro scored a second after a Pato shot was parried away by Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan and found its way to the feet of the Spaniard.[104]

On 4 April, Chelsea announced that Antonio Conte would become the new first team head coach at the start of the 2016–17 campaign.[105][106]

On 9 April, Chelsea lost 1–0 at Swansea, with the Swans scoring through Gylfi Sigurðsson.[107]

On 16 April, Chelsea lost 3–0 at home to Manchester City, the same scoreline as the previous league meeting between the two sides in August 2015.[108]

On 23 April, Chelsea played away at Bournemouth. Chelsea got on the board early with a goal from Pedro, followed by two Hazard goals and a Willian goal. Hazard scored three goals in the Premier League this season. Fabregas contributed three assists in the win.[109]

Position as of 15 April
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
10 Chelsea 33 11 11 11 49 45 +4 44

MayEdit

 
Chelsea's back five, punctuated by Sunderland man Jan Kirchhoff.

Chelsea went winless throughout the month of May, managing three draws and a loss. Their first game of the month on 2 May was a 2–2 draw to Tottenham Hotspur in which Chelsea came back from being 2–0 down at half time, to secure a point against Tottenham and effectively end their London rival's hopes of obtaining the Premier League title, as Tottenham dropping points meant that they were mathematically unable to surpass Leicester at the top of the table. The opening goals for Tottenham came from Kane in the 35th minute and Son Heung-min's low strike in the 44th minute. The match seemed to be decided until Chelsea returned fire in the second half with Cahill lashing in a goal from distance in the 58th minute, and Hazard then scored a goal in the 83rd minute to continue to regain his form after not having scored until April, and to maintain Chelsea's unbeaten streak at home against Tottenham for the 26th year in a row.[110]

Chelsea's next game was a 3–2 away loss to Sunderland on 7 May, which proved to be crucial for the home side's survival in the top flight of English football, at the time moving Sunderland up to 17th in the table and one point clear of their bitter rivals Newcastle United. Chelsea scored the opening goal with a precise finishing strike from Diego Costa in the 14th minute, giving them the lead until Sunderland equalised with a 41st minute volley from Khazri. Chelsea regained the lead seven minutes later in added time with a goal from Nemanja Matić to put them 2–1 up at half time. Sunderland were to turn the game on its head in the second half with two goals in the span of three minutes from Fabio Borini and Jermain Defoe, scored in the 67th and 70th minute. Chelsea were unable to fight back for a draw as Sunderland held on for the three points which would boost their survival hopes. Chelsea remained 9th in the table following the result, possessing a better goal difference than Stoke City in 10th position.[111]

 
Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri–now with newly-crowned champions Leicester–in Guus Hiddink's last match as Blues boss.

Chelsea's penultimate game of the season and their last away fixture was a 1–1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield, on 11 May. After a slow start, Eden Hazard found the net again, continuing an improved run of form with a 32nd minute solo goal to put the Blues in front. The game remained uneventful until Christian Benteke equalised for Liverpool, with a header in the 2nd minute of added time during the second half, claiming a point for the Merseyside club and increasing the team's unbeaten home streak to 12 games.[112]

Chelsea's final game of the 2015–16 Premier League season on 15 May resulted in another 1–1 draw, this time at home to champions Leicester City whom they had failed to defend their title against from the previous season. The game remained goalless until the 66th minute with Cesc Fàbregas scoring a penalty. Leicester responded quickly with a goal from Danny Drinkwater fourteen minutes later, to conclude the campaign with Chelsea finishing 10th due to a win from Stoke City sending the club above Chelsea in the table. Chelsea's tenth-place finish marked the club's lowest finish in the Premier League since the 1995–96 season, in which they finished 11th. It also marked the worst defence of a title in the Premier League's 24-year history, and confirmed the club's absence from European competition in the 2016/17 season.[113]

Final league position
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 59 53 +6 50

ClubEdit

Coaching staffEdit

 
José Mourinho as Chelsea manager. Mourinho was sacked in December 2015.
Position Staff
First-team Manager   Guus Hiddink
Assistant Manager   Steve Holland
  Eddie Newton
Technical Director   Michael Emenalo
Goalkeeper Coach   Christophe Lollichon
Fitness Coach   Chris Jones
Assistant Fitness Coach   Carlos Lalin
Senior Opposition Scout   Mick McGiven
Medical Director   Paco Biosca
Head of Youth Development   Neil Bath
Under-21 Team Manager   Adi Viveash
Under-18 Team Manager   Joe Edwards
Head of Match Analysis/Scout   James Melbourne
International Head Coach   Dermot Drummy

Source: Chelsea F.C.

Other informationEdit

 
The Bridge
Owner   Roman Abramovich
Chairman   Bruce Buck
Directors     Marina Granovskaia
    Eugene Tenenbaum
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Stamford Bridge (41,663 / 103x67 metres)
Training Ground Cobham Training Centre

Source: Chelsea F.C.

KitsEdit

Supplier: Adidas[114]/ Sponsor: Yokohama Tyres.[115]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Kits informationEdit

Adidas have launched three kits as usual for Chelsea. Each kits feature a fingerprint motif woven onto the label, which symbolises the connection of the club's fans, according to the website.[citation needed]

  • Home: The home kit stays loyal to tradition, with white and red trims at the collar, sleeves, shorts and socks. The vertical pinstripes pay a tribute to Chelsea's history, which have been a feature of several iconic shirts from the past three decades. The kit features a fingerprint motif woven onto a label on each shirt. The sponsor logo of Adidas and the words "YOKOHAMA TYRES" are both white, while the sponsor logo of Yokohama is red.[116]
  • Away: The away kit features a predominantly white body with blue and red bands on each arm. Same as the home shirt, the away kit features a "fingerprint" on the hem. The sponsor logo of Adidas and the words "YOKOHAMA TYRES" are both blue, while the sponsor logo of Yokohama is red.[117] The shorts and socks are white and blue respectively, enabling them to be mixed and matched with their home counterparts.
  • Third: The third kit is black and white and features a fading, lateral pinstripe design on the shorts, which features as a subtle graphic on the shirt as well. The badge is adjusted to the kit colours of black and white. The kit follows the theme of many other third kits of important clubs that Adidas supplies for the big club. The sponsor logo of Adidas and the words "YOKOHAMA TYRES" are both white, while the sponsor logo of Yokohama is red.[118]
  • Keeper: The primary goalkeeper kit is 'vivid mint', combined with navy blue applications. There is also an away yellow kit and third black kit as well.

Squad informationEdit

First team squadEdit

As of 11 May 2016.[119]
Squad no. Name Nationality Position(s) Date of birth (Age)
Goalkeepers
1 Asmir Begović HG1   GK (1987-06-20)20 June 1987 (aged 28)
13 Thibaut Courtois   GK (1992-05-11)11 May 1992 (aged 24)
32 Marco Amelia   GK (1982-04-02)2 April 1982 (aged 34)
33 Mitchell Beeney U21   GK (1995-10-03)3 October 1995 (aged 20)
40 Bradley Collins U21   GK (1997-02-18)18 February 1997 (aged 19)
Defenders
2 Branislav Ivanović   RB / CB (1984-02-22)22 February 1984 (aged 32)
5 Kurt Zouma U21   CB / DM (1994-10-27)27 October 1994 (aged 21)
6 Baba Rahman U21   LB (1994-07-02)2 July 1994 (aged 21)
20 Matt Miazga U21   CB (1995-07-19)19 July 1995 (aged 20)
24 Gary Cahill HG1   CB (1985-12-19)19 December 1985 (aged 30)
26 John Terry HG2   CB (1980-12-07)7 December 1980 (aged 35)
28 César Azpilicueta   RB / LB (1989-08-28)28 August 1989 (aged 26)
34 Ola Aina U21   CB / RB (1996-10-08)8 October 1996 (aged 19)
37 Jake Clarke-Salter U21   CB (1997-09-22)22 September 1997 (aged 18)
39 Fankaty Dabo U21   RB (1995-10-11)11 October 1995 (aged 20)
43 Fikayo Tomori U21   CB / RB (1997-12-19)19 December 1997 (aged 18)
Midfielders
4 Cesc Fàbregas HG1   CM / AM (1987-05-04)4 May 1987 (aged 29)
8 Oscar   AM / RW / CM (1991-09-09)9 September 1991 (aged 24)
10 Eden Hazard   LW / AM / RW (1991-01-07)7 January 1991 (aged 25)
12 John Obi Mikel   DM / CM (1987-04-22)22 April 1987 (aged 29)
14 Bertrand Traoré U21   RW / LW / CF (1995-09-06)6 September 1995 (aged 20)
16 Kenedy U21   LW / AM / RW (1996-02-08)8 February 1996 (aged 20)
17 Pedro   RW / LW (1987-07-28)28 July 1987 (aged 28)
21 Nemanja Matić   DM / CM (1988-08-01)1 August 1988 (aged 27)
22 Willian   AM / RW (1988-08-09)9 August 1988 (aged 27)
36 Ruben Loftus-Cheek U21   CM (1996-01-23)23 January 1996 (aged 20)
38 Kasey Palmer U21   AM (1996-11-09)9 November 1996 (aged 19)
41 Charlie Colkett U21   CM (1996-09-04)4 September 1996 (aged 19)
Strikers
9 Radamel Falcao   CF (1986-02-10)10 February 1986 (aged 30)
11 Alexandre Pato   CF (1989-09-02)2 September 1989 (aged 26)
18 Loïc Rémy   CF (1987-01-02)2 January 1987 (aged 29)
19 Diego Costa   CF (1988-10-07)7 October 1988 (aged 27)
42 Tammy Abraham U21   CF (1997-10-02)2 October 1997 (aged 18)
  • HG1 = Association-trained player
  • HG2 = Club-trained player
  • U21 = Under-21 player

New contractsEdit

No. Pos Player Contract length Contract end Date Source
CB   Andreas Christensen 5 years 2020 10 June 2015 [120]
ST   Patrick Bamford 3 years 2018 21 July 2015 [121][122]
CB   Tomáš Kalas 3 years 2018 23 July 2015 [123]
RB   Todd Kane 3 years 2018 3 August 2015 [25][124]
CB   Nathan Aké 5 years 2020 14 August 2015 [125]
LW   Victor Moses 4 years 2019 1 September 2015 [126]
LW   Isaiah Brown 4 years 2019 1 September 2015 [127]
7 CM   Ramires 4 years 2019 29 October 2015 [128]
37 CB   Jake Clarke-Salter 4 years 2019 16 November 2015 [129]
24 CB   Gary Cahill 4 years 2019 2 December 2015 [130]
2 CB   Branislav Ivanović 1 year 2017 22 January 2016 [131]
38 CM   Kasey Palmer 4 years 2020 2 February 2016 [132]
CM   Kyle Scott 4 years 2020 2 February 2016 [133]
36 CM   Ruben Loftus-Cheek 5 years 2021 29 February 2016 [134]
CB   Dion Conroy 2 years 2018 29 February 2016 [134]
41 CM   Charlie Colkett 3 years 2019 22 April 2016 [135]
26 CB   John Terry 1 year 2017 18 May 2016 [136]

TransfersEdit

InEdit

SummerEdit

No. Pos Player Transferred From Fee Date Source
AM   Nathan   Atlético Paranaense £4,500,000 1 July 2015 [137][138]
DM   Joseph Colley   Brommapojkarna Undisclosed 1 July 2015 [139][140]
1 GK   Asmir Begović   Stoke City £8,000,000 13 July 2015 [141][142][143]
CM   Danilo Pantić   Partizan £1,250,000 23 July 2015 [144][145][146]
6 LB   Baba Rahman   Augsburg £14,000,000 17 August 2015 [147][148][149]
17 RW   Pedro   Barcelona £21,400,000 20 August 2015 [46][150]
16 AM   Kenedy   Fluminense £6,300,000 23 August 2015 [151][152][153]
15 CB   Papy Djilobodji   Nantes £2,700,000 1 September 2015 [154][155]
CB   Michael Hector   Reading £4,000,000 1 September 2015 [156]
32 GK   Marco Amelia   Lupa Castelli Romani Free 8 October 2015 [157]

WinterEdit

No. Pos Player Transferred From Fee Date Source
20 CB   Matt Miazga   New York Red Bulls £3,500,000 30 January 2016 [158]

OutEdit

SummerEdit

No. Pos Player Transferred To Fee Date Source
AM   Thorgan Hazard   Borussia Mönchengladbach £5,850,000 1 July 2015 [159][160]
CB   George Brady   Sunderland Free 1 July 2015 [161]
LW   Gaël Kakuta   Sevilla £2,500,000 1 July 2015 [5][6][7]
1 GK   Petr Čech   Arsenal £10,000,000 1 July 2015 [8][9]
20 CM   Josh McEachran   Brentford £750,000 10 July 2015 [162][163]
11 ST   Didier Drogba   Montreal Impact Free 27 July 2015 [164][165][166]
3 LB   Filipe Luís   Atlético Madrid £11,100,000 28 July 2015 [23][167]
DM   Oriol Romeu   Southampton £5,000,000 13 August 2015 [168][169]
AM   Daniel Kemp   West Ham United Free 11 November 2015 [170][171]
AM   Ulises Dávila   Santos Laguna Undisclosed 5 December 2015 [172][173]

WinterEdit

No. Pos Player Transferred To Fee Date Source
AM   Hubert Adamczyk   KS Cracovia Free 14 January 2016 [174][175][176]
7 CM   Ramires   Jiangsu Suning £25,000,000 27 January 2016 [177][178]
RW   Faiq Bolkiah   Leicester City Free 15 March 2016 [179]
AM   Domingos Quina   West Ham United Free 23 April 2016 [180][181]

Loan inEdit

SummerEdit

No. Pos Player Loaned From Start End Source
9 ST   Radamel Falcao   Monaco 3 July 2015 30 June 2016 [182]

WinterEdit

No. Pos Player Loaned From Start End Source
11 ST   Alexandre Pato   Corinthians 29 January 2016 30 June 2016 [183]

Loan outEdit

Chelsea have had 37 players spend time out on loan in 2015–16, with five playing for two different clubs. Stipe Perica had signed a deal to spend the entire season out on loan prior to the 2015–16 season, while a further 29 exited for the entire season by the end of the summer transfer window. Six would return prematurely prior to or during the winter window, but by its close four of that group had exited on new deals to the end of the campaign. John Swift, who joined Brentford on 1 October ultimately had his loan extended to the end of the season, while two further players exited on new season-long deals in January.

SummerEdit

No. Pos Player Loaned To Start End Source
ST   Stipe Perica   Udinese 2 February 2015 30 June 2016 [184]
LW   Christian Atsu   Bournemouth 1 July 2015 4 January 2016 [185][186]
AM   Lewis Baker   Vitesse Arnhem 1 July 2015 30 June 2016 [187]
CM   Mario Pašalić   Monaco 3 July 2015 30 June 2016 [188]
CB   Andreas Christensen   Borussia Mönchengladbach 10 July 2015 30 June 2016 [19]
LW   Isaiah Brown   Vitesse Arnhem 10 July 2015 30 June 2016 [20]
AM   Nathan   Vitesse Arnhem 10 July 2015 30 June 2016 [189]
CM   Marco van Ginkel   Stoke City 10 July 2015 1 February 2016 [18][190]
AM   Victorien Angban   Sint-Truiden 14 July 2015 30 June 2016 [191]
CB   Tomáš Kalas   Middlesbrough 17 July 2015 30 June 2016 [192]
DM   Jordan Houghton   Gillingham 20 July 2015 3 January 2016 [193]
CB   Kenneth Omeruo   Kasımpaşa 21 July 2015 30 June 2016 [194]
ST   Patrick Bamford   Crystal Palace 21 July 2015 4 January 2016 [121][186]
RB   Wallace   Carpi 22 July 2015 7 January 2016 [195][196]
CM   Danilo Pantić   Vitesse Arnhem 23 July 2015 30 June 2016 [146]
AM   Ulises Dávila   Vitória 3 August 2015 5 December 2015 [172][197]
ST   Dominic Solanke   Vitesse Arnhem 4 August 2015 30 June 2016 [198]
ST   Joao Rodríguez   Sint-Truiden 4 August 2015 30 June 2016 [199]
RB   Todd Kane   NEC Nijmegen 6 August 2015 30 June 2016 [30]
RW   Mohamed Salah   Roma 6 August 2015 30 June 2016 [200]
GK   Matej Delač   Sarajevo 7 August 2015 30 June 2016 [201]
CB   Alex Davey   Peterborough United 8 August 2015 2 January 2016 [202][203]
LM   Cristián Cuevas   Sint-Truiden 10 August 2015 30 June 2016 [204]
CB   Nathan Aké   Watford 14 August 2015 30 June 2016 [125]
RW   Juan Cuadrado   Juventus 25 August 2015 30 June 2016 [52]
LW   Marko Marin   Trabzonspor 25 August 2015 30 June 2016 [205]
AM   Jérémie Boga   Stade Rennais 31 August 2015 30 June 2016 [206]
AM   Lucas Piazon   Reading 31 August 2015 28 April 2016 [207][208]
LW   Victor Moses   West Ham United 1 September 2015 30 June 2016 [209]
ST   Islam Feruz   Hibernian 1 September 2015 16 January 2016 [210][211]
CB   Michael Hector   Reading 1 September 2015 28 April 2016 [208][212]
DM   Nathaniel Chalobah   Napoli 1 September 2015 30 June 2016 [213]
CM   John Swift   Brentford 1 October 2015 30 June 2016 [186][214][215]

WinterEdit

No. Pos Player Loaned To Start End Source
RB   Wallace   Grêmio 7 January 2016 30 June 2017 [196][216]
33 GK   Mitchell Beeney   Newport County 15 January 2016 25 February 2016 [174][217][218]
15 CB   Papy Djilobodji   Werder Bremen 21 January 2016 30 June 2016 [219]
RW   Alex Kiwomya   Fleetwood Town 21 January 2016 20 February 2016 [220]
RW   Christian Atsu   Málaga 25 January 2016 30 June 2016 [221]
AM   Charly Musonda   Real Betis 29 January 2016 30 June 2016 [222]
ST   Patrick Bamford   Norwich City 30 January 2016 30 June 2016 [223]
CM   Marco van Ginkel   PSV 1 February 2016 30 June 2016 [190]
CM   Jordan Houghton   Plymouth Argyle 10 March 2016 30 June 2016 [224]
CB   Alex Davey   Stabæk 15 March 2016 22 July 2016 [225]
27 GK   Jamal Blackman   Östersunds FK 18 March 2016 31 May 2016 [226][227]

Overall transfer activityEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

On 28 April 2015, the schedule for the 2015 International Champions Cup was announced that Chelsea would play New York Red Bulls, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Fiorentina.[228]

CompetitionsEdit

OverallEdit

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
Premier League 10th 8 August 2015 15 May 2016
FA Cup Third round Sixth round 10 January 2016 12 March 2016
League Cup Third round Fourth round 23 September 2015 27 October 2015
UEFA Champions League Group stage Round of 16 16 September 2015 9 March 2016
FA Community Shield Final Runners-up 2 August 2015

Updated to match played 15 May 2016
Source: Competitions

OverviewEdit

Competition Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Premier League 38 12 14 12 59 53 +6 031.58
FA Cup 4 3 0 1 12 4 +8 075.00
League Cup 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3 050.00
Champions League 8 4 1 3 15 7 +8 050.00
FA Community Shield 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 000.00
Total 53 20 16 17 91 67 +24 037.74

Updated to match played 15 May 2016
Source: Competitions

FA Community ShieldEdit

Premier LeagueEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 63 50 +13 60
9 Stoke City 38 14 9 15 41 55 −14 51
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 59 53 +6 50
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 59 55 +4 47
12 Swansea City 38 12 11 15 42 52 −10 47
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champion, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions).[229]

Results summaryEdit

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 12 14 12 59 53  +6 50 5 9 5 32 30  +2 7 5 7 27 23  +4

Last updated: 15 May 2016.
Source: Premier League

Results by matchdayEdit

Matchday1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundHAAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAAHHAAHHAAHAHAAH
ResultDLWLLWDLWLLLWDLLWDDWDDWDDWWWDDWLLWDLDD
Position516913161315161115151615141416151514141414131313121181010101010999910
Updated to match(es) played on 15 May 2016. Source: Statto
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Score overviewEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

Opposition Home score Away score Double
Arsenal 2–0 1–0  
Aston Villa 2–0 4–0  
Bournemouth 0–1 4–1  
Crystal Palace 1–2 3–0  
Everton 3–3 1–3  
Leicester City 1–1 1–2  
Liverpool 1–3 1–1  
Manchester City 0–3 0–3  
Manchester United 1–1 0–0  
Newcastle United 5–1 2–2  
Norwich City 1–0 2–1  
Southampton 1–3 2–1  
Stoke City 1–1 0–1  
Sunderland 3–1 2–3  
Swansea City 2–2 0–1  
Tottenham Hotspur 2–2 0–0  
Watford 2–2 0–0  
West Bromwich Albion 2–2 3–2  
West Ham United 2–2 1–2  

MatchesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

The fixtures for the 2015–16 season were announced on 17 June 2015 at 9am.[230][231]

FA CupEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

League CupEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

UEFA Champions LeagueEdit

Chelsea qualified for the Group Stage of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League by winning the 2014–15 Premier League. Having previously been seeded in pot 1 for the Champions League drew as one of the top eight ranked teams in UEFA, Chelsea would remain staying in pot 1 despite the changes to UEFA qualification rules, where pot 1 for group stage draws would now consist of the Champions League holders and the champions of the seven highest ranked associations. The group stage draw was made on 27 August 2015 in Monaco, France. Chelsea were to face Porto, Dynamo Kyiv and Maccabi Tel Aviv.[232] Scoring a total of 13 points, Chelsea advanced to the knockout stage as group winners by winning against Porto, and sending the Portuguese side to the Europa League, in the last round.[233]

Group stageEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification CHL DKV POR MTA
1   Chelsea 6 4 1 1 13 3 +10 13 Advance to knockout phase 2–1 2–0 4–0
2   Dynamo Kyiv 6 3 2 1 8 4 +4 11 0–0 2–2 1–0
3   Porto 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 10 Transfer to Europa League 2–1 0–2 2–0
4   Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 0 0 6 1 16 −15 0 0–4 0–2 1–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

  Win   Draw   Loss

Knockout phaseEdit

Round of 16Edit

StatisticsEdit

AppearancesEdit

No. Pos. Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League Community Shield Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals