The Premier League fixtures for the 2021/22 season have been revealed, and Chelsea have been handed a tough start to the campaign.
The Champions League winners will take on Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City during the early part of the season.
The Blues will be hoping for a title challenge this year, and Thomas Tuchel will be eager to get off to a flyer. They cannot afford to drop too many points in the opening weeks.
Meanwhile, December comprises of a few tricky fixtures against the likes of West Ham United, Leeds United, Everton and Aston Villa.
Chelsea will also face Liverpool, Manchester City and Spurs back-to-back in January.
Coupled with the Champions League games, December to January could be a tough phase for the Blues, with several tricky games coming up thick and fast.
It could prove to be a challenging season for the Blues, and Tuchel will have to bring in adequate reinforcements to launch a proper title challenge.
Here is how some Chelsea fans have reacted to the fixtures.
Mendy set to miss January due to AFCON…we need a new keeper NOW pic.twitter.com/hV326teEWY
— Ivan (@CarefreeIvan) June 16, 2021
Since the PL admin refused to Congratulate Chelsea on the UCL win, I knew they are up to some mischief. Ridiculous opening fixtures
— Daddy Asher (@akingbade07) June 16, 2021
Tough start but it's better to get the harder games out of the way earlier in the season.
— . (@ForeverBlue_07) June 16, 2021
Not even shocked pic.twitter.com/ZTM4BOGHRM
— JMH (@JakeMH) June 16, 2021
Talk about ‘agenda’😂😂
— CFCDaily (@CFCDaily) June 16, 2021
Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and City in first 6 games? Agenda against Chelsea.
— Seth Darko Boateng🇬🇭 (@BlueMarchisio) June 16, 2021
There is an agenda against Chelsea, cos what Is this fixtures? We're playing 4 of the big six teams in our first 5 games.
— Mr Akhnaton (@iam_akhnaton) June 16, 2021
Also Read: All 2021/2022 Premier League fixtures.