Chelsea have been drawn into Group H in the Champions League, along with Italian side Juventus, Malmo and Zenit St Petersburg as they look to retain their Champions League crown after last season’s success.
The Blues have already added one European trophy to their cabinet this season, after beating Europa League holders Villareal on penalties to start their 2021/22 season in the perfect way with Super Cup success.
Thomas Tuchel has added Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku to his attacking options, with the possibility of both Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid and Sevilla defender Jules Kounde joining the club before the transfer deadline on Tuesday, August 31.
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho was awarded the UEFA Player of the Year award ahead of Blues teammate N’Golo Kante, whilst goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was named UEFA’s goalkeeper of the year, and Tuchel was named the UEFA Coach of the Year ahead of Pep Guardiola and Roberto Mancini.
So, how will Chelsea fare in the Champions League this season? And will they be able to retain their Champions League title?
We simulated Chelsea’s Champions League 2021/22 campaign
To set up this simulation, we used FIFA 21 to create the correct Champions League groups as they have been drawn and then simulated to the end of the season to see what the outcome was.
And because FIFA 22 is yet to be released with updated kits and transfers, we used the in-game club transfer system in FIFA 21 to update Chelsea’s squad with the latest transfers made as of August 27, 2021, but unfortunately the kits are still from last season.
So, how did Chelsea perform in Group H? Did they progress through into the knockout stages? Let’s find out.
Chelsea finished second in Group H behind Juventus, seeing the Blues progress out of the group stage into the knockout round after finishing with nine points from six games.
Despite the Blues finishing second in their group, they were dealt a favourable draw in the round of 16 against Portuguese side Sporting.
After a disappointing 0-0 first leg at Stamford Bridge, the Blues suffered a shock exit after being knocked out of the Champions League following a 2-1 second leg defeat in Lisbon.
Despite the game being a very close encounter, it was the Blues that fell short as Lukaku’s consolation goal was not enough to see Tuchel’s side progress into the quarter-finals.
The £97.5million man did manage to finish second in the top scorers chart, after scoring eight goals in just six games for the Blues in their limited Champions League campaign.
FIFA 21 predicts that it will be an underwhelming Champions League campaign for the Blues following their successful season last year, as Tuchel’s side suffered a shock exit to Sporting in the round of 16.
Lukaku would prove to have a significant impact but his performances would not be enough to help Chelsea retain their Champions League title.
How do you think Chelsea will perform in the Champions League this season? Let us know in the comments.