Chelsea are the second-worst team in the Premier League across 2023, it has emerged, underlining just how poor their calender year has been to date.
Having employed four different managers and used over 30 different players, the Blues have been a mess since the turn of the year, suffering their worst ever Premier League season last time out and finishing in 12th place, miles outside their initial top four aspirations heading into the season.
The summer transfer window saw yet more upheaval, with 12 new players arriving (plus Malo Gusto first arriving at the club following his January transfer) and a mammoth 25 players leaving west London (including loanees Joao Felix and Denis Zakaria).
As is perhaps expected then, it has been a slow start to the new season, with the Blues boasting just five points from their opening five games, and their only win of the season coming against newly-promoted Luton Town, who are yet to gain a point themselves.
But it contributes to a very bleak picture. Across 2023, the Blues have racked up just five wins, the same number as relegation-threatened Everton, while they have also lost the same number of games (10).
Though they have picked up three points more than the Toffees, they have also played two games more, and if you take away the promoted and relegated sides from last season (who have played significantly fewer games), the pair sit rock bottom of the Premier League table for the year of 2023.
It is a record that may not change any time soon either, with a tough run of games coming up for Pochettino’s side. They face high-flying Aston Villa before games against Fulham and Burnley, where they will be expected to take six points.
After that, however, they take on title wannabe’s Arsenal, followed by consecutive clashes with Brentford, Tottenham, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Brighton and Manchester United, all of whom have European aspirations of their own.