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Chelsea are a football club that is synonymous with success.
In the last two decades, the Blues have won an enormous amount of trophies, and cemented their status as a force to be reckoned with in European football. This wasn’t the case last season though, as the club finished outside the top 10 for the first time in decades.
Chelsea also missed out on European football, which isn’t something the fans are familiar with.
To a large extent, Chelsea’s poor form last term were due to the injury crisis that rocked the club.
The Blues were forced to be without many of their key players for large periods in the 2022-23 season, including notable names like N’Golo Kante, Wesley Fofana, Reece James and Ben Chilwell. In fact, according to the Evening Standard, Chelsea players suffered an astonishing 68 injuries last term, and aside the obvious implication of that on their output on the pitch, it also affected the club’s finances.
The outlet reports that Chelsea had to continue paying their injured players despite their absences for extended periods, and the total amount of money spent on them amounted to about £40m. This obviously didn’t go down well with the new Chelsea owners, who had just taken over from Roman Abramovich.
Chelsea’s injury problems have abated to a certain degree this season, but the club have continued to deal with the loss of some key players under Mauricio Pochettino as well.
Christopher Nkunku and Romeo Lavia are yet to kick a ball for the Blues after joining from RB Leipzig and Southampton, respectively, during the course of the summer transfer window.
Like a few of their teammates, Chelsea spent a fortune bringing both players into the club, and Todd Boehly and his team will be hoping they can find a more effective solution to these issues so as to avoid incurring the type of loss they suffered in their first season in charge.