23 Jul 2021 3:43 PM +00:00

How Champions League winners Chelsea will shape up in FIFA 22

Chelsea signed off a bizarre season in style - securing a shock Champions League success over Manchester City.

The young lions have matured, and with the right additions, this is a squad that compete with the very best on FIFA 22.

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Latest - Transfer frustration for Chelsea

It's no secret Chelsea are in the hunt for a new striker this summer, but having had their efforts knocked back on Romelu Lukaku and Erling Haaland, it looks like the Blues are eying up Bayern's Robert Lewandowski.

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LEWAN-CHELSKI - We're not sure we could see Lewy in Chelsea blue

Bringing in the big Pole would certainly make Chelsea Premier League contenders, but you can imagine tearing Lewandowski away from Bayern would be no easy task.

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N'Golo Kante (OVR 88 → 90)

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INTO THE 90s - Three consecutive Champions League MotM awards shows Kante cuts it on the biggest stage

Simply, Chelsea would not have won the Champions League without N'Golo Kante.

The World Cup winner won the Man of the Match award in both legs of the semi-final and then again in the final - showing he is the most destructive midfielder in the world.

We are predicting a rise to a 90 overall, which could have been higher if France had won the Euros - with his position moving forward to CM.

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Jorginho (OVR 83 → 84)

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HOP, SKIP & A JUMP - Jorginho earned a spot in the Euros team of the tournament

Chelsea fans are perhaps most frustrated by midfielder Jorginho, but he did find consistency last season.

The Brazilian-born midfielder has formed an excellent partnership with N'Golo Kante, with the pair having highly contrasting styles.

A Champions League success may have silenced the doubters, with Jorginho continuing to impress at the Euros for Italy as they went the whole way.

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Cesar Azpilicueta (OVR 84 → 84)

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BACK WE GO - Dave returns to centre back, where we positioned on FIFA 19

He may turn 32 in August, but Cesar Azpilicueta had yet another fine campaign - capped by lifting the Champions League trophy.

The club captain was in danger of losing his place in the side to Reece James, but a switch to five at the back saw Azpi thrive on the right-hand side of a back three.

We are backing his 84 rating to hold firm, but if manager Thomas Tuchel sticks with the same system, expect the skipper's position to change to centre-back.

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Thiago Silva (OVR 85 → 84)

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EVERGREEN - Thiago should still hold a high rating aged as he approaches 37

Another key component of Thomas Tuchel's backline, having the experienced head of Thiago Silva as the cornerstone of the defence was a significant factor in their march to European glory.

The Brazilian had to wait for 15 seasons of professional football to finally claim the Champions League, but expect him to play a lesser part next term.

Andreas Christensen deputised brilliantly in Thiago's absence last term, and could usurp the veteran in 21/22 - or new signings could arrive.

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Kai Havertz (OVR 85 → 84)

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LIVING THE KAI LIFE - Havertz will go down in Chelsea folklore despite a mixed season

What a remarkable season for Kai Havertz.

The German became Chelsea's most expensive ever transfer at £72 million, before contracting Coronavirus and then suffering from Long Covid for a number of weeks.

The 22-year-old turned it around with a fine end of the season - and scored the all-important goal to win the Blues the Champions League over Manchester City.

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Antonio Rudiger (OVR 81 → 84)

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HUSTLE - Rudiger's work rate needs to be rewarded

Goals win you games, clean sheets win you championships.

Antonio Rudiger was perhaps Chelsea's best defender in their Champions League success - and looked hell-bent on stopping City from scoring in the final.

Given the German almost left the club last summer, you must commend him for his attitude in fighting back into the starting lineup, and becoming a key player along the way.

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Mason Mount (OVR 80 → 83)

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TEACHER'S PET - Mason Mount looks to be a manager's dream

Perhaps the fan favourite at Chelsea at the minute, it's been an astronomic rise for academy graduate Mason Mount.

The 22-year-old has endured a breakthrough season in 19/20 before winning over new manager Thomas Tuchel in a heartbeat last term.

Midfielder mount is now a regular starter for both club and country - in what could just be the start of a magical career.

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Ben Chilwell (OVR 81 → 83)

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CHILL-OUT TIME - Ben Chilwell is just as adept in defence as he is in attack

Ben Chilwell had to fight for his place under Thomas Tuchel, but once the £50 million signing earned the trust of the manager - there was just no stopping him.

The former Leicester left-back scored a crucial away goal against Atletico Madrid and bossed Phil Foden in the final.

If the defender continues to develop, he can fight the likes of Andrew Robertson and Alex Sandro for the title of the world's best left-back.

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Edouard Mendy (OVR 79 → 83)

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OUTTA NOWHERE - Edouard Mendy has gone from zero to Champions League hero

12 months ago, few fans would have heard of Edouard Mendy - and now the Senegal international is one of the top stoppers in the Premier League.

The 29-year-old chalked up 16 Premier League clean sheets last term and conceded just three goals in 12 Champions League games.

A rise in his rating from 79 to 83 is the least he deserves, and it will be interesting to see how much more he can progress.

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Timo Werner (OVR 85 → 83)

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WHEELS MCGEE - Werner had a difficult season in front of goal, but still influenced the team

A bizarre campaign for Timo Werner - who may not have lived up to his price tag, but was still influential to Thomas Tuchel's side.

If the German can find his shooting boots next term, we could be looking at a 30 goal season as Werner causes serious problems for defenders with his pace.

How he starts next season will dictate his FIFA 22 rating, which could be anything from 82 to 86.

Full Chelsea squad prediction

Player Age Pos FIFA 21 Rating FIFA 22 Pred.
N'Golo Kante30CDM, CM8890
Cesar Azpilicueta31RB, CB, RWB8384
Thiago Silva36CB8584
Antonio Rudiger28CB8184
Kai Havertz22CAM, CF, CM8584
Jorginho29CM, CDM8384
Ben Chilwell24LWB, LB8183
Mason Mount22CAM, CM, RW8083
Edouard Mendy29GK7983
Timo Werner25ST, LW8583
Mateo Kovacic27CM, CDM8383
Andreas Christensen25CB7982
Reece James21RB, RWB7782
Christian Pulisic22LW, RW, LM8181
Marcos Alonso30LWB, LB8181
Kurt Zouma26CB8080
Tammy Abraham23ST7879
Kepa Arrizabalaga26GK8279
Callum Hudson-Odoi20RW, LW7478
Malang Sarr22CB7575
Conor Gallagher21CM7074
Charly Musonda24RM, LM7272
Ethan Ampadu20CB, CDM, CM6771
Armando Broja19ST6068
Dujon Sterling21RB, CB6766
Tino Anjorin19CAM, CM5764
Tino Livramento18RWB, RB6062
George McEachran20CM, CDM5861