Chelsea – State of the season
John Marshall
72 days ago
With the 2019/20 Premier League season currently postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have taken a look at how Chelsea's campaign has gone so far.

Where they stand

After 29 games of the season, Chelsea occupy fourth position in the Premier League, five points behind third-placed Leicester City and three clear of Manchester United in fifth.

Given the fact this is Frank Lampard's first campaign in charge of the Blues and he had no money to spend in the summer, the former Derby County boss is doing a good job with the south-west London outfit.

One notable change this year has been the manager handing more opportunities to younger players, something rarely seen since Roman Abramovich bought the club back in 2003.

Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have all impressed, putting the trio in contention for a place in Gareth Southgate's squad for the rescheduled Euro 2020, while Reece James and Billy Gilmour are two more to have received huge praise.

What's left to play for?

Chelsea are involved in a big battle for a top-four finish, which would guarantee Champions League football for the next campaign, and they will be hoping for no slip-ups over their final nine matches.

With the Red Devils just three points behind and Wolves and Sheffield United a further two back, there is still work to do for the Blues to ensure they finish in the top four.

Although European glory looks unlikely, with Chelsea trailing Bayern Munich 3-0 after the first leg of their last-16 clash, Lampard's men are still in the FA Cup and face Leicester in the quarter-finals.

The Blues can be found at 8/1 to lift the trophy for the ninth time in the club's history.

Best game

Chelsea's best game came right before the season was postponed when they thrashed Everton 4-0 at Stamford Bridge. The Toffees, under the guidance of Carlo Ancelotti, were full of confidence ahead of that trip to London and being tipped to come away with all three points.

However, the Blues produced a stunning performance as they wiped the floor with their Merseyside opponents, slotting four past Jordan Pickford and sending a message to the chasing pack in the top-four race.

Star man

It is difficult to pick out one star man for Chelsea this season as everybody has almost been on the same level, but when looking at the nitty gritty, England international Abraham comes out on top.

The 22-year-old has scored 13 goals from 25 Premier League appearances, leaving him six behind the division's top goalscorer Jamie Vardy, while the former Aston Villa loanee has netted twice in the Champions League.

Abraham has matured well this term although a couple of injuries have hampered his progress. He adds a great deal to the team and they do look less of a threat without him in the starting XI.