Frank Lampard’s done it, he’s actually done it! In his first season in charge of the Blues, the boss has secured our place in Champions League football next season, as well as a trip to Wembley on Saturday to face Arsenal in the FA Cup final. Although it came down to the very last game, we claimed a comfortable victory over Wolves, who ended up in seventh place (with only goal difference separating them and Spurs). Without further ado, here are the final ‘5 things we learnt’ from our last league game of the 2019/20 season – and what a season it was!
Mason Mount’s Perfect End to the Campaign
Over the past year (yes, that’s how long this current season has been going on), Mason Mount has divided opinion between football fans and Chelsea supporters alike. Many haven’t understood the hype that has surrounded the youngster, but on Sunday he silenced all the haters. Having stepped up to the free-kick spot on several occasions this campaign – with the 21-year-old coming close every time – the academy prospect finally delivered, saving his superb free-kick for the final game. After Marcos Alonso won the foul, Mount was able to deliver the ball into the left-hand side of the net with both precision and power. He also assisted Giroud’s goal just minutes later, with Chelsea going 2-0 up before half-time, helping to calm the nerves of the players on the pitch. However, it wasn’t just his goal and assist that made him stand out, as Mount was crossing clever balls into the box during the entirety of the game. With the young lad starring in 51 games this campaign, he still looked just as lively in the last game as he did in the very first.
Olivier Giroud Strikes Again
Recently, Chelsea have relied on Olivier Giroud to deliver in the big games – and that’s exactly what he’s done. When Chelsea supporters saw that Giroud was in the starting XI, there was a small sigh of relief as the Frenchman has appeared calm and confident in recent matches. The striker got the second goal of the game and was able to deliver a superb finish under pressure – not only did Giroud get past the keeper but he also managed to get round Conor Coady, scoring in an important moment of the match. The forward also had a good chance in the earlier moments of the game and posed a threat against the opposition’s defence. When he was taken off in the final ten minutes for Tammy Abraham, the younger striker looked lively – but Giroud has clearly been the better performer in recent times, with a lot of questions still surrounding Chelsea’s attack next season.
A Clean Sheet
Now, when the Blues get a clean sheet, we have to mention it in our ‘5 things’. With the defence being Chelsea’s biggest weakness this season, clean sheets haven’t come around very often, so it was a delight to obtain one in the last game. As some predicted, Kepa Arrizabalaga was dropped for second-choice Willy Caballero after his woeful performance against Liverpool. Although the Argentinian didn’t have much to deal with, he appeared much more calm and collected between the posts. He commanded his box well and made the saves when he needed to. As well as the keeper, some of the defenders were also worth mentioning – Kurt Zouma had a good performance, making some important tackles in the game. Our captain Cesar Azplicueta also delivered once again, putting in a nice defensive display.
Mateo Kovacic – Player of the Season?
However, besides Mount and Giroud, another man who had a great individual performance was Mateo Kovacic. The Croatian has put in some excellent games all season, and on Sunday it was no different. He was constantly winning back the ball in dangerous areas, starting the attack for the Blues and worked perfectly in midfield alongside Jorginho. There has been a lot of debate as to who has been Chelsea’s player of the season this year – with both Azpiliceuta and Christian Pulisic receiving honorable mentions – however for us, Kovacic definitely gets our praise, having improved immensely under Lampard.
Champions League Football is Ours Once Again
After a nerve-wracking year and a set of inconsistent performances, we were able to secure Champions League football on the last day of the season. Given the circumstances, including a transfer ban, losing Eden Hazard and gaining an inexperienced manager (as much as we love Frank), we went against all odds and exceeded everyone’s expectations. However, let’s not downplay Lampard’s work this campaign – the gaffer has done exceptionally well, giving the youngsters the chance they deserve and creating an incredible atmosphere around the club which has been missing for some time. Now, we look ahead to the next season and with the arrival of some world class signings, hopefully we’ll have a better chance in the Champions League this time round.