With Jose Mourinho’s squad looking as strong as any Chelsea team in recent memory, Blues fans will have good reason for looking forward to the release of FIFA 15 at the end of next month. After a strong campaign last season, there’s a good chance Chelsea will be among the highest rated teams in the game this year, particularly with such fearsome additions as Filipe Luis, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, not to mention the burgeoning talent of Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle.
A number of last year’s best performers are likely to see a ratings increase, particularly in defence where Chelsea were the stingiest club in the league in terms of goals conceded. Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic both look due a nudge up a few points, while Cesar Azpilicueta’s emergence as one of the best full-backs in football should see his rating take a huge jump. Up front, things are looking less rosy for Fernando Torres, who has been surviving for a long time on reputation but should finally see a drop in his numbers after yet another season of toil to little end result. Diego Costa’s arrival should mean he’ll be first on the transfer list for a lot of new players.
With many pundits backing Chelsea to take the league by storm after a respectable third place finish last year, it will be fascinating to see how those predictions are reflected in EA’s ratings changes. Here are my predictions for the 12 most important Chelsea players going into next season.