Football Manager 2020: Chelsea Team Guide, Player Ratings, & Tactics

Chelsea have been up and down a lot of late. When you take
over at the start of Football Manager 2020, the Blues have claimed two of the
last five Premier League titles, but also finished as low as 10th.

You step into the managerial office needing to bring
stability and domestic success back to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are the EURO Cup holders when you come in, but if
you think winning that again will keep the fans and board happy then you have another
thing coming.

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How can you make the most out of your time as Chelsea boss?
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Club vision

Chelsea's board have a lot of tasks for you in FM20
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HIGH HOPES: There is a lot of work to do

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This new feature has been a big success in FM20. It is both
a short-term and long-term set of goals for the club as laid out by the board
that includes play style aims, financial targets, and competition results.

Chelsea’s competition expectations are high. You are expected to hit a top-four finish in the Premier League while also reaching the quarter-final of the Champions League. These are the two required results, but the board also want to you reach the FA Cup final and maintain incredibly high standards within the youth team.

There are some strict financial and cultural demands too.

READ MORE: Football Manager 2020 Arsenal team guide

The five-year plan is to sign young players, work within your wage budget, but also to maintain self-sustainability and expand the stadium or build a new.

Culturally you have to sign players under the age of 22, play
attacking and possession football, and develop players using the youth system.

That is a lot to take on board and try to work within!

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Tactical style

Chelsea’s squad is in flux when you take over. There are
some quality players around and also a lot of talented youngsters, but there is
not much attacking prowess in the squad.

As a result, a more balanced tactical style would be
suitable to start. Be it tiki-taka in with a balanced mentality or the fluid
counter-attack
will depend on the strength of your opponent. Both are strong
options given the defensive quality on this team.

Formation

The ideal formation for Chelsea in FM20
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IDEAL: You can't go wrong with this formation

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Chelsea’s depth across the midfield and central defence mean a number of formations are possible.

A 5-3-2 WB would allow you to create a stern defensive
wall and would be good with the fluid counter-attack style, but if you want to
be more forward-thinking and use tiki-taka then you can’t go wrong with the 4-1-4-1
DM Wide
.

In this formation, Kepa Arrizabalaga will be between the sticks for you, with a back four of Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, and Emerson.

READ MORE: Wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga is a must-buy for any club

N’Golo Kante is the natural defensive midfielder
behind a pivot of Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho.

The front three has Willian on the right and Pedro on the left with Olivier Giroud up front.

There are plenty of options for your bench, but you should
have Willy Caballero, Marcos Alonso, Kurt Zouma, Ross Barkley, Ruben
Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Tammy Abraham as your substitutes.

There are plenty of options across the team though, so be
sure to rotate regularly.

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Key players

While Chelsea’s squad isn’t likely to compete for the
Premier League right away, there is plenty of talented players that you can build
a strong unit around.

N’Golo Kante – CA 4 star (165), PA 4 star (165)

N'Golo Kante's FM20 stats page
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BRICK WALL: There's no getting past Kante

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The World Cup winner N’Golo Kante has been a difference-maker for his team for a long time. He first came to prominence as part of Leicester City’s title-winning team and his arrival at Stamford Bridge meant another Premier League triumph for the Blues.

READ MORE: All the best left midfielders (ML & AML) to sign in FM20

In Football Manager 2020 he is a dominant force. With 20
tackling, stamina, teamwork, and work rate is the epitome of a workhorse. Natural
at both defensive and central midfield he will be in your team nearly every
game.

Mateo Kovacic – CA 3.5 star (160), PA (172)

Mateo Kovacic's FM20 stats page
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CREATIVE MAESTRO: Kovacic will be your attacking master

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Another strong midfielder, Mateo Kovacic brings creativity
to Chelsea’s midfield to complement Kante’s defensive abilities.

With 17 passing, 17 technique, and 16 vision he can move the
ball at will, while 17 dribbling means he can take on defenders too.

Kepa Arrizabalaga – CA 3.5 star (158), PA 4 star (167)

Kepa Arrizabalaga's FM20 stats page
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GLOVE MAN: Kepa is brilliant between the sticks

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Chelsea paid £71 million for Kepa in 2018 and were rewarded
with a quality goalkeeper.

In Football Manager 2020 Kepa has 17 reflexes, 16 handling, and 16 communication which makes him a good shot-stopper and organiser of the defence.

Young talent

Chelsea have a lot of very impressive youngsters. Their youth setup is one of the strongest in world football, and part of your responsibility is to develop these talented youngsters into first-team stars. These are the best players aged 20 or under on Chelsea when you take over.

Christian Pulisic – CA 3 star (147), PA 4.5 star (164)

Christian Pulisic's FM20 stats page
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STAR MAN: Pulisic will be an icon before you know it

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Christian Pulisic arrived in the summer of 2019 from Borussia Dortmund. The 20-year-old American is highly talented and possesses great speed with 17 acceleration and 15 pace.

READ MORE: All the best right backs (DR & WBR) to sign in FM20

His 15 technique and 16 work rate bode well for his
development, while 16 first touch and 15 dribbling makes him a threat on either
flank.

Mason Mount – CA 3 star (142), PA 4.5 star (140-170)

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CREATIVE FORCE: Mount is already a strong player

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Chelsea’s young English midfielder is seemingly their future
star. He has become a key part of their team this season and will be a crucial
attacking option for you almost immediately.

Mount brings 16 stamina, determination, and work rate to the
team straight away, along with 15 technique and 14 passing and that nice PA range
of 140-170.

Callum Hudson-Odoi – CA 2.5 star (140), PA 4.5 star (150-180)

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FUTURE STAR: Hudson-Odoi is another star winger in the making

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Another young Englishman, Callum Hudson-Odoi would seem to
have a glittering future ahead of him. Comfortable at any of the attacking
midfield positions he is the perfect threat off the bench.

With 16 acceleration, 15 technique, and 15 dribbling he is
already a threat despite being just 18. His PA range of 150-180 means he could
soon become a true global star.

Team report

Strengths Weaknesses
Youth ProspectsStriker Depth
Wage BudgetWing Back
Long ShotsMarking
Defender DepthOverall Depth
Defensive Midfielders 
Goalkeeper 

Squad dynamics

Chelsea's squad dynamics in Football Manager 2020
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Team Leaders: Cesar Azpilicueta, Willian, Pedro

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Highly Influential Players: Olivier Giroud, N’Golo Kante,
Antonio Rudiger, Jorginho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham, Marcos Alonso,
Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley

Dynamics depict the dressing room atmosphere and hierarchy
at your club. It is important to keep the team leaders and highly influential
players happy. More playing time and big contracts to other players can see
them leap up the tiers, so be sure to keep an eye on this tab so you understand
how your team fits together.

You shouldn’t have a problem keeping your team leaders happy as they should be getting plenty of playing time at least in the first season.

READ MORE: The best young goalkeepers (GK) to sign in FM20

The real struggle here will be as
your young players rise up the ranks and disrupt the order at the top.

Transfer Market

Starting transfer budget: £120 million

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Remaining wage budget: £801,000
a week

Chelsea have a huge war chest to
place at your disposal. The problem is that Chelsea have a transfer ban until
February 2020 so you can’t sign anyone just yet. There is a chance that this
ban will be lifted in time for the January window, so keep an eye out for that.

Once it is lifted though, who
should you be going after?

Deadly striker

Olivier Giroud is hardly a Premier
League-winning striker, and while Tammy Abraham has a ton of potential that isn’t
always going to come good.

As a result, the moment the transfer ban lifts you would be wise to go after a leading man that you can rely on for goals.

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IDEAL FIT: Paco Alcacer is a strong option for a new striker

Paco Alcacer fits the bill
perfectly. The 25-year-old Spaniard has amazing mental attributes like 18 off
the ball and 17 anticipation and that all-important 17 finishing. He is an
ideal forward for Chelsea, and even has 15 heading to round out his game.

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Alternative options

Player Age Club Country CA/PA Value Wage
Arkadiusz Milik25NapoliPoland £35.5m£77k
Krzysztof Piatek23MilanPoland £30.5m£55k
Andrea Belotti25TorinoItaly £30.5m£52k
Patrick Cutrone21WolvesItaly £25m£60k
Erling Haaland18RB SalzburgNorway £11.75m£16.5k

Contracts

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Chelsea have a few leading players
on the final year of their contracts. The first decision you have to make is
about two of your team leaders, Willian & Pedro.

Chelsea have in-house replacements in Hudson-Odoi and Pulisic if you want to let them go, but retaining at least one would be smart.

READ MORE: How to sign an uninterested player in FM20

If you do buy another striker then
you can let Olivier Giroud go at the end of the season, while the fate
of Willy Caballero and Marco van Ginkel really depends on how you
view your squad depth.

There isn’t a big decision to be
made really until the 2022 contracts start to come up, as players like Cesar
Azpilicueta
and Tammy Abraham will be up for an extension.

Finances

Chelsea have strong finances in Football Manager 2020
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POWERHOUSE: Chelsea's financial future is very strong

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Chelsea have some extremely healthy
financial projections, but they do depend on you hitting your competitive targets.

The overall balance of the team is
on a strong upward trend, even as expenditure is set to increase. You’ll have
to be sure to keep the wage budget under control and not throw money away on
the transfer market, but as long as you are qualifying for the Champions League
Chelsea will be fine.

That £120 million transfer budget
could well be the lowest war chest you have at the club.

Get back to the top

Chelsea were the first foreign money
powerhouse in the Premier League, but they have been knocked off the top of the
league in recent years but Man City and Liverpool.

The aim is to push your way back through the pack and claim another Premier League title. It won’t be easy as it is the most competitive elite league in the world, but it can be done.

READ MORE: All the best young defensive midfielders (DM) to sign in FM20

If you nurture Chelsea’s young
stars like Hudson-Odoi & Mount then Chelsea will be in an idea position to
challenge every season for a long time to come. They also have the financial
clout to pick off supreme talent when it comes available. Just remember that
Chelsea have a very quick trigger finger, one rough patch and you could be out
the door.

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Full Chelsea Player Ratings

Player Age Pos Role Duty Role Ability CA/PA
Starting lineup      
Kepa Arrizabalaga24GKSKDefend3.5 star158/167
Cesar Azpilicueta29R (RLC) WB (RL)FBAttack3.5 star150/165
Antonio Rudiger26D (RC)NNCBDefend3.5 star156/163
Andreas Christensen23D (C) DM M (C)BPDCover3 star147/165
Emerson25D (RL) WB (L)CWBSupport3 star145/158
N’Golo Kante28DM M (C)BBMSupport4 star165/165
Jorginho27DM M (C)DLPDefend3.5 star157/162
Mateo Kovacic25DM M (C) AM (C)DLPSupport3.5 star160/172
Willian30M (RLC) AM (RLC)WSupport3.5 star152/162
Pedro31AM (RLC)IFAttack3.5 star156/164
Olivier Giroud32STTMSupport3 star150/156
Substitutes      
Willy Caballero37GKSKSupport2.5 star140/151
Marcos Alonso28D (L) WB (L) M (L)WBDefend3 star145/151
Kurt Zouma24D (RC)CDDefend3 star144/160
Ross Barkley25M (C) AM (C)AMSupport3 star147/159
Ruben Loftus-Cheek23M (C) AM (C)DLPSupport3 star150/162
Callum Hudson-Odoi18AM (RLC)IWSupport2.5 star140/150-180
Tammy Abraham21STAFAttack3 star143/160
Reserves      
Fikayo Tomori21D (RC) WB (R)BPDDefend3 star139/162
Marco van Ginkel26M (C) AM (C)DLPSupport3 star142/149
Reece James19D (R) WB (R) M (C)FBAttack2.5 star136/140-170
Mason Mount20M (C) AM (LC)MezzalaSupport3 star142/140-170
Christian Pulisic20M (RL) AM (RLC)IWAttack3 star147/164
Michy Batshuayi25STCFAttack3 star144/160