The 2021/22 season is one that will bring mixed feelings – but perhaps mostly feelings of disappointment – for Chelsea fans. The Blues did win two trophies ,the Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup, but lost in both domestic cup finals to Liverpool on penalties, while a slow deterioration of their Premier League form saw them fall out of the title race, despite being top of the league as late as December. They also crashed out of the Champions League in heartbreaking fashion, losing in the Quarter finals 5-4 on aggregate to Real Madrid after second leg extra time, despite temporarily completing an astonishing turnaround in the second leg.
Nevertheless, Chelsea rounded off their season with a 2-1 win over Watford at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. With Chelsea already confirmed to finish third and Watford already relegated, there was little to play for and that showed in the pedestrian nature of the game. The Blues did take an lead early on through Kai Havertz with the impressive Kennedy providing the assist. After the hosts squandered a number of chances, Watford equalized in the 86th minute through Dan Gosling, but Ross Barkley ensured the Blues would end the season with a win, nodding home in the 90th from Reece James’ deft, outside of the boot cross.
Barkley’s goal was his first of the campaign, and he was Chelsea’s 21st different goalscorer in the Premier League this season. That set a new Chelsea record for the most number of different goalscorers in a single Premier League campaign. Also, Chelsea went into halftime 1-0 up against the Hornets, and they set another record; the Blues are the first team in Premier League history to go through an entire season without ever being behind at halftime. In other words, there was no single Premier League game this season in which Chelsea were losing at halftime, and that is the first time it would be happening in Premier League history.
So the season might have turned out to be slightly disappointing, but at least they set some prestigious records in this campaign.