Today's Chelsea FC against Arsenal's "The Invincibles"

Comparing teams across player generations is always a somewhat futile exercise, because they will obviously never play against each other to settle the question which team was better. Today a news paper article comparing appeared in my Twitter timeline comparing Chelsea FC to Arsenal's team in the 2003/2004 season, often called "The Invincibles".


Using a player by player comparison, the newspaper concluded that Arsenal's team at that time was marginally better than today's Chelsea. Just for fun, and knowing that this may raise many critics, we will repeat this comparison using Goalimpact.

Chelsea FC 2014

PlayerGoalimpactPeak GIAgeLast National TeamNo. GamesNo. Minutes
Ramires123.0127.627.7Brasilien35628160
Willian139.2140.126.3Brasilien29921598
Branislav Ivanović121.7136.130.8Serbien38934226
Filipe Luís124.4131.629.3Brasilien31927549
André Schürrle124.8129.224.1Deutschland27919896
Cesc Fàbregas194.6198.927.6Spanien53440327
Petr Čech186.8187.432.5Tschechien64760121
Eden Hazard135.6140.523.9Belgien33524617
Azpilicueta123.1124.825.3Spanien30226299
John Terry164.6199.534.0England68561485
Oscar124.9132.323.3Brasilien22515845
Average142.1149.827.7
Bench
Gary Cahill111.4118.128.9England37233905
Diego Costa114.7115.126.2Spanien25018922
Nemanja Matić121.0121.926.3Serbien16513182
John Mikel108.4112.827.6Nigeria36226165
Average113.9117.027.3
15 Player Average
Average134.5141.127.6

Chelsea has an excellent team on top European level. They will be a tough opponent for the other great teams such as Real Madrid, Barca and Bayern München.

Arsenal FC 2004 ("The Invincibles")

PlayerGoalimpactPeak GIAgeLast National TeamNo. GamesNo. Minutes
Gilberto Silva118.7123.827.8Brasilien1179704
Patrick Vieira149.1155.128.0Frankreich43738684
Jens Lehmann158.4159.134.7Deutschland55251449
Ashley Cole124.8131.423.5England18116173
Sol Campbell141.0148.729.8England44840084
Lauren133.1137.327.4Kamerun26923666
Thierry Henry143.1145.626.8Frankreich43031576
Nwankwo Kanu120.3125.927.9Nigeria31018040
Robert Pirés143.4156.930.7Frankreich47438687
Sylvain Wiltord129.1138.230.2Frankreich42530288
Dennis Bergkamp158.2203.735.2Niederlande63349708
Average138.1147.829.3
Bench
Freddie Ljungberg114.3117.927.3Schweden24618459
Kolo Touré117.3124.823.3Elfenbeinküste1017109
Reyes105.1124.320.8Spanien1107895
Edu112.2112.626.2Brasilien1287845
Average112.2119.924.4
15 Player Average
Average131.2140.428.0

According to Goalimpact, the last Arsenal team to win the Premier League was slightly weaker than today's Chelsea. These numbers are taken at the end of the season, so there are some footnotes. Dennis Bergkamp, at his peak, was the best player of all mentioned in this article. Even better than Cesc. However, Berkamp was aging rapidly during the season and therefore his Goalimpact at the beginning of the season, 167, was significantly higher than at the end.

Although Arsenal 2004 maybe wasn't better than the 2014 Chelsea, it was facing far less competition back then. The second team in the 2004 season was again Chelsea. And they had only a Goalimpact of 114. That is helping in becoming "invincible".


Chelsea FC vs FC Schalke 04 Lineups

Odds based on starting XI: Chelsea FC: 58.9%, draw: 25.5%, FC Schalke 04: 15.6%

Chelsea FC

PlayerGoalimpactPeak GIAgeLast National TeamNo. GamesNo. Minutes
Nemanja Matic119.3119.526.1Serbien14611585
Cesc Fàbregas182.3186.127.3Spanien50938297
Thibaut Courtois124.1173.322.3Belgien21620110
Filipe Luís125.1131.929.1Brasilien30926787
Branislav Ivanovic121.3133.530.5Serbien36732183
Gary Cahill106.4112.828.7England35332138
Eden Hazard132.1137.923.7Belgien31623070
John Terry163.9197.433.8England67060090
Willian137.6137.826.1Brasilien28420677
Didier Drogba106.4166.436.5Elfenbeinküste55142958
Ramires123.6127.827.4Brasilien34827865
Average131.1147.728.3
Bench
John Mikel109.6113.627.3Nigeria35525873
Loïc Remy96.6101.527.7Frankreich25118373
Azpilicueta121.7123.925.0Spanien29225421
Kurt Zouma98.7124.419.8Frankreich [U21]836713
Diego Costa113.5113.825.9Spanien23617862
Oscar122.3130.823.0Brasilien20914612
Petr Cech185.3187.432.3Tschechien63759215
Average121.1127.925.9


FC Schalke 04

PlayerGoalimpactPeak GIAgeLast National TeamNo. GamesNo. Minutes
Dennis Aogo95.099.827.7Deutschland29923585
Roman Neustädter129.8131.326.526421690
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar140.9157.731.1Niederlande44235383
Julian Draxler120.0138.420.9Deutschland17411562
Kaan Ayhan116.7142.919.8Türkei [U21]927718
Marco Höger113.3115.724.914911695
Christian Fuchs105.6111.828.4Österreich38131156
Ralf Fährmann101.1117.325.911810921
Sidney Sam121.5123.226.6Deutschland25017064
Kevin Prince Boateng106.8111.227.5Ghana29421404
Max Meyer107.8143.818.9Deutschland [U19]936314
Average114.4126.625.3
Bench
Chinedu Obasi108.8114.928.3Nigeria16110922
Donis Avdijaj80.8127.618.0311722
Marvin Friedrich100.4139.118.8Deutschland [U19]695940
Christian Wetklo98.298.534.718316799
Christian Clemens98.7106.823.1Deutschland [U21]16811712
Tranquillo Barnetta109.8116.829.3Schweiz34724404
Maxim Choupo-Moting98.199.425.4Kamerun19511581
Average99.3114.725.4




Stats for Lineups of Paris Saint-Germain vs. Chelsea FC

Paris Saint-Germain is expected to win against Chelsea FC with 0.160 goals. This is a very close tie.

Paris Saint-Germain

PlayerGoalimpactPeak GIAgeTeamNo. GamesNo. Minutes
Salvatore Sirigu119.8119.827.3Italien21620073
Thiago Silva128.8134.729.5Brasilien26623943
Alex142.0163.131.8Brasilien36031024
Maxwell143.1168.832.641533679
Christophe Jallet105.1114.830.4Frankreich26922045
Thiago Motta108.9128.431.6Italien33423643
Blaise Matuidi117.3119.727.0Frankreich33928502
Marco Verratti121.0141.021.4Italien [U21]1369267
Edinson Cavani122.9125.827.2Uruguay33927470
Zlatan Ibrahimovic167.1192.332.5Schweden58247135
Ezequiel Lavezzi113.2118.828.9Argentinien37429117
Bench
Nicolas Douchez91.991.933.922720977
Marquinhos97.3129.819.9Brasilien [U17]665474
Lucas Digne110.7136.320.7Frankreich [U21]897817
Yohan Cabaye117.7122.928.3Frankreich35026964
Adrien Rabiot94.2137.219.0Frankreich [U21]654181
Javier Pastore115.9120.124.8Argentinien23417200
Lucas116.2134.421.7Brasilien15711176


Chelsea FC

PlayerGoalimpactPeak GIAgeTeamNo. GamesNo. Minutes
Petr Cech158.8158.831.8Tschechien63258825
Branislav Ivanovic129.2136.430.1Serbien35130695
David Luiz132.5134.826.9Brasilien25622607
Gary Cahill110.4115.628.3England33830820
John Terry157.5186.533.3England65859001
Azpilicueta123.3128.124.6Spanien27723995
Ramires132.0134.527.0Brasilien33427063
Oscar123.6136.522.6Brasilien19513453
Eden Hazard132.4142.423.3Belgien30222059
Willian141.5142.725.7Brasilien [U20]26719656
André Schürrle121.6131.023.4Deutschland22216255
Bench
Mark Schwarzer118.5118.541.5Australien68463913
Nathan Aké87.3128.919.1Niederlande [U21]362694
Tomáš Kalas107.6131.720.9Tschechien [U21]917885
Frank Lampard121.9172.835.8England86774210
John Mikel120.9123.226.9Nigeria34525206
Fernando Torres132.6139.130.0Spanien54841896
Demba Ba112.8118.328.8Senegal23717704


Galatasaray vs Chelsea FC

Galatasaray has some weak spots with Telles and Hajrovic among their star squad led by Sneijder. Mourinho says he thinks Drogba is the best striker in the world, but that must have been the Drogba 5 years ago. Today he still has a good rating of 110, but that is hardly scary.

Galatasaray

PlayerGoalimpactPeak GIAgeTeamNo. GamesNo. Minutes
Fernando Muslera107.9107.927.7Uruguay24923215
Alex Telles92.6114.821.2393554
Aurelien Chedjou111.7116.428.6Kamerun22318646
Hakan Balta113.2124.930.8Türkei27824137
Emmanuel Eboué128.9139.230.7Elfenbeinküste38029243
Felipe Melo102.4112.230.6Brasilien32526736
Selçuk Inan116.6121.529.0Türkei29225705
Wesley Sneijder141.2146.529.7Niederlande43333171
Izet Hajrovic98.2111.222.5Bosnien-Herzegowina1056620
Didier Drogba109.8158.935.9Elfenbeinküste53842103
Burak Yilmaz108.7113.428.6Türkei25019017
Bench
Ufuk Ceylan86.186.127.4454137
Ceyhun Gülselam112.9113.226.1Türkei17710256
Semih Kaya111.7122.522.9Türkei998892
Sabri Sarioglu105.6110.829.5Türkei33824674
Yekta Kurtulus91.695.928.2Türkei1016664
Emre Çolak106.3118.322.7Türkei1005455
Umut Bulut100.9112.730.9Türkei36427364


Chelsea FC

PlayerGoalimpactPeak GIAgeTeamNo. GamesNo. Minutes
Petr Cech158.3158.331.7Tschechien62057678
Branislav Ivanovic128.0133.529.9Serbien33929579
Gary Cahill108.6112.928.1England32629704
John Terry158.1184.433.2England65058226
Azpilicueta119.3123.724.4Spanien25221670
Ramires131.0132.926.8Brasilien32426215
Frank Lampard125.6172.035.6England86273709
Eden Hazard130.3140.423.1Belgien29020957
Willian140.8142.325.5Brasilien [U20]25718938
Fernando Torres134.2139.629.8Spanien54141415
André Schürrle119.7129.123.3Deutschland21315802
Bench
Mark Schwarzer117.0117.041.3Australien68564006
Ashley Cole148.1174.333.1England62155520
Tomáš Kalas106.1131.520.8Tschechien [U21]907882
Oscar120.6134.022.4Brasilien18312814
John Mikel122.0123.626.8Nigeria33925099
Demba Ba113.2117.928.7Senegal23117602
Samuel Eto'o121.0145.932.9Kamerun63554130


Schalke vs. Chelsea: Goalimpacts of Lineups


FC Schalke 04

PlayerGoalimpactAgeTeamNo. GamesNo. Minutes
Timo Hildebrand121.134.5Deutschland41738877
Benedikt Höwedes127.625.6Deutschland25621881
Dennis Aogo104.726.7Deutschland28822667
Atsuto Uchida125.125.5Japan21318410
Joel Matip118.722.1Kamerun17013539
Max Meyer130.918.0Deutschland [U17]533540
Kevin Prince Boateng115.226.6Ghana25718294
Julian Draxler130.920.0Deutschland1419001
Christian Clemens100.422.2Deutschland [U21]1369457
Jermaine Jones118.531.9USA30824231
Roman Neustädter123.425.622718466
Bench
Ralf Fährmann102.825.0878038
Tim Hoogland116.728.313410741
Felipe Santana118.427.515511344
Sead Kolasinac127.120.3Deutschland [U19]846560
Christian Fuchs108.827.5Österreich35729826
Leon Goretzka104.118.6Deutschland [U21]665179
Adam Szalai112.825.8Ungarn1409619


Chelsea FC

PlayerGoalimpactAgeTeamNo. GamesNo. Minutes
Petr Cech163.531.4Tschechien59655477
Branislav Ivanovic134.329.6Serbien31026994
Gary Cahill107.427.8England30527720
John Terry169.532.8England62555932
Azpilicueta115.524.1Spanien23420217
Ramires130.926.5Brasilien30124331
Frank Lampard155.235.3England83672039
Oscar129.022.1Brasilien16111296
Eden Hazard136.422.7Belgien26418895
Fernando Torres131.129.5Spanien51739947
Andre Schürrle120.122.9Deutschland17313005
Bench
Mark Schwarzer114.841.0Australien67863324
David Luiz135.826.4Brasilien23220687
Ryan Bertrand105.724.2England19816767
Mata129.125.4Spanien31623514
John Mikel132.526.4Nigeria31623503
Willian140.025.1Brasilien [U20]23617452
Samuel Eto'o136.632.6Kamerun58750226


Chelsea FC vs FC Basel: Lineups and Stats


Chelsea FC

PlayerGoalimpactAgeTeamNo. GamesNo. Minutes
Petr Cech171.131.3Tschechien59054919
Branislav Ivanovic138.129.5Serbien30326343
Ashley Cole170.932.7England60253886
David Luiz138.826.4Brasilien22820298
Gary Cahill105.327.7England29827069
Frank Lampard161.435.2England82971478
Oscar130.422.0Brasilien15610899
Marco van Ginkel108.620.8Niederlande [U21]1189347
Eden Hazard138.622.6Belgien25918560
Willian143.325.1Brasilien [U20]23317199
Samuel Eto'o142.032.5Kamerun58349915
Bench
Mark Schwarzer114.140.9Australien67863324
John Terry178.932.7England62055513
Azpilicueta116.224.0Spanien23120020
Mata131.625.3Spanien31223303
John Mikel137.726.4Nigeria31023184
Kevin De Bruyne109.222.2Belgien15111262
Demba Ba115.128.3Senegal21216800


FC Basel

PlayerGoalimpactAgeTeamNo. GamesNo. Minutes
Yann Sommer114.924.7Schweiz17916627
Ivan Ivanov122.725.5Bulgarien17415931
Kay Voser108.626.716112850
Fabian Schär112.421.7Schweiz [U21]1058943
Behrang Safari131.228.6Schweden21818657
Valentin Stocker127.324.4Schweiz21115477
Fabian Frei108.624.6Schweiz Olymp.22515194
Marcelo Diaz122.626.7Chile20815015
Mohamed Salah108.721.2Ägypten1077470
Marco Streller130.732.2Schweiz31722829
Giovanni Sio105.624.4Elfenbeinküste896156
Bench
Germano Vailati95.232.813112064
Philipp Degen117.730.5Schweiz20616922
Arlind Ajeti107.819.9Schweiz [U19]171278
Gaston Sauro109.123.5483704
Taulant Xhaka98.622.4Schweiz [U21]634049
David Degen123.230.5Schweiz30420316
Matias Delgado126.730.720715863