CHELSEA ALL-TIME PREMIER LEAGUE XI
As Chelsea zoom to yet another Premier League title after the victory of West Bromwich Albion, Football Whispers compiled the team’s all-time XI.
In the past decade, Chelsea have been a dominant force in England.
Coach Jose Mourinho came to Stamford Bridge to do a double, winning the title in 2005 and 2006. Carlo Ancelotti supervised the team as they earned another in 2010 before Mourinho came back to lift his third title for Chelsea. Now Antonio Conte has won it in his debut season. All these makefive recent titles for the club.
Many players have passed through the club in this period. However, many would likely agree with Football Whispers list.
Petr Cech is in goal as expected. The Czech Rep star was a mainstay whilst with the club, helping it to numerous titles before he exited.
Branislav Ivanovic and Ashley Cole take the full back roles. The Serbian joined from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2008 for almost £10 million but he proved to be a real bargain. He left this season as age and form got in the way but his place in Chelsea history is in no doubt.
Cole, on the other hand, moved to the club from Arsenal in one of the most divisive English football transfers. He is one of the best players in this role in the league’s history and in football in general.
Ricardo Carvalho and John Terry were the centre pair that made Chelsea tick. Terry came from the academy to help the team and he was a regular for many years. Carvalho was that defender that paired with Terry to deliver the first double.
Central midfield has Frank Lampard, then there’s whizkid N’Golo Kante, and German legend Michael Ballack. These stars played a crucial role in delivering the league at various points. Lampard is even the club’s record scorer, despite being a midfielder. Kante helped The Foxes to their shock win and replicated his magic this term again.
Arjen Robben also makes the list for his brilliance in the wings during his three-year stay. Mr Cut Inside remains a top star in Bayern Munich at age 33. The Dutch star is one of the best wingers football has seen.
Eden Hazard would take the left wing comfortably. The Belgian has been prolific. He has returned to top form that we expect after his 2015/16 slump when Chelsea crashed to the tenth spot.
In front, it is indisputably Didier Drogba. The Ivorian legend has no rival as he played a big role to the Premier League wins and the sole Champions League title.