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.
(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.
(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.
Ivanovic made 261 appearances for the Blues before departing the club in January for Zenit St. Petersburg.
(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.
(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.
(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.
At the time, his speed, footwork and attacking vision arguably made him one of the best left-backs in the world.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
An example of such was when he scored the winning penalty in the Champions League final of 2012.
- Michael Ballack
- Ricardo Carvalho
- Michael Essien
- Paulo Ferreira
- Arjen Robben
- Eidur Gudjohnsen
Jason Redmond, Pundit Arena