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Chelsea’s Best XI Since The Turn Of The Millennium

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: John Terry and Didier Drogba of Chelsea hold the trophy after the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

With the 2016/17 Premier League season nearing its conclusion, Chelsea seem very likely to win another title, and much of this, of course, has been down to the vast level of talent currently available to manager Antonio Conte.

Taking inspiration from this season’s all-conquering side, here we have named the Blues’ best XI since the turn of the millennium. 

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(GK) Petr Cech 

Over an eleven-year career with Chelsea, Cech made 333 appearances between the posts. Unquestionably, Cech deserves to be on this list. 

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(RB) Branislav Ivanovic

As a failure to adapt to Conte’s system, some of Ivanovic’s weaknesses came to the fore. However, it is hard to argue the fact that the Serbian native deserves to be on this list – being first choice right-back in successful Chelsea XIs since 2009.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on January 31, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Ivanovic made 261 appearances for the Blues before departing the club in January for Zenit St. Petersburg. 

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(CB) John Terry (C)

A player that needs no introduction. Without a doubt Chelsea’s greatest ever defender. Terry is Chelsea’s most successful captain, having led them to four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and one Champions League title since taking over the captaincy in 2003.

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(CB) Marcel Desailly 

Arguably, the French international is another one of Chelsea’s best ever centre-backs. The dominant leader for the Blues made 158 appearances for the team, captaining them for six seasons between the years 1998 and 2004. 

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(LB) Ashley Cole

The tenacious left-back had an eight-year spell with Chelsea. Cole was a member of the famous Champions League-winning side, scoring a crucial penalty in the shootout against Bayern Munich in 2012.

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 19: Ashley Cole of Chelsea scores a penalty in the shoot out past Manuel Neuer of FC Bayern Muenchen during UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea at the Fussball Arena M?nchen on May 19, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

At the time, his speed, footwork and attacking vision arguably made him one of the best left-backs in the world.

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(RM) Eden Hazard 

Eden Hazard’s finishing, dribbling, movement and vision would prove a nightmare for any defence.

The Belgian player won the Premier League Player of the Season in 2014, proving an influential factor behind Chelsea’s title-winning season. 

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(CM) Frank Lampard 

Another Chelsea player that needs no introduction. “Super” Frank Lampard made a staggering 439 appearances for the team, scoring an astonishing 147 goals in the process, making him Chelsea all-time top goalscorer. 

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(CDM) Claude Makélélé

The tenacious box-to-box midfielder was an invaluable member of the Blues squad. Makélélé broke up the play, completed numerous amount of tackles, and protected the back four consistently in every game. 

LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Claude Makelele of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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(LM) Florent Malouda 

From 2007 t0 2013, Malouda became a regular starter for Chelsea. His work rate, speed and skill made him the perfect winger for Premier League football.

Although some might argue that Arjen Robben may have been a better choice, he prospered as his career advanced. Juan Mata may also find himself unlucky. 

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(CF) Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Although he only managed four seasons with the Pensioners, Hasselbaink’s statistics and goalscoring ability proves his worthiness on this list.

The former Netherlands international scored 70 goals in 136 appearances and often kept Chelsea hero, Gianfranco Zola on the bench. 

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(CF) Didier Drogba 

Legend is a word thrown around too often, but certainly Didier Drogba deserves this label. Undeniably, he was a crucial goalscorer and a big game player.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Didier Drogba of Chelsea waves to supporters after the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

An example of such was when he scored the winning penalty in the Champions League final of 2012.

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Honourable Mentions:

  • Michael Ballack
  • Ricardo Carvalho 
  • Michael Essien 
  • Paulo Ferreira
  • Deco 
  • Arjen Robben 
  • Eidur Gudjohnsen 

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Jason Redmond, Pundit Arena

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This article was written by a member of The PA Team.