Chelsea recruited Alessandro Bastoni from Inter Milan to replace the void created by Antonio Rudiger, in addition to adding Neymar. Trevor Chalobah became a regular in the defense, while Kovacic and N’Golo Kante were preferred over Conor Gallagher and Jorginho in the midfield.
Mount teamed up with Neymar behind Havertz, with Lukaku taking a back seat to the German. Timo Werner played only a few minutes, while Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech alternated in and out of the starting lineup.
So, how did the Blues do in the league and cup tournaments following Neymar’s arrival in the summer transfer window? Let’s take a look at what we’ve got.
Chelsea’s simulation results for 2022-23 are as follows:
With Neymar on the team, Chelsea finished third in the Premier League, equal on points with Liverpool in fourth. Man City won the Premier League, finishing 20 points ahead of Man United in second place, and losing only one game during the season.
The Blues only lost three games all season, but they drew 16 of their 38 games, which is why they didn’t push for the title. Chelsea earned the league’s second-best defensive record, although they scored 20 less goals than Man City, finishing the season as the league’s third-highest scorers.
Despite not being able to compete in the Premier League, the Blues were strong in cup competitions, reaching the finals in all of them. Tuchel’s team beat West Ham United 1-0 in the FA Cup final for the fourth year in a row.
The Blues advanced to the Carabao Cup final after beating Man City and Liverpool, however they were defeated 2-1 by Arsenal. In addition, the Blues reached the UEFA Champions League final, a repetition of their 2012 triumph, but Bayern Munich won the competition with a 1-0 victory.
Overall, this Football Manager simulation forecasts that if Chelsea buy Neymar ahead of the 2022/23 season, the Brazilian will have a huge influence, rapidly establishing himself as one of the Blues’ main players and assisting Tuchel’s team reach three cup finals and one championship. However, Neymar is not cheap, and at 30 years old, there may be other choices on the market who are more cost-effective in the long run.