Christmas day has come and gone and now we’re all focusing on the New Year – a time for parties, over-intoxication and of course, Premier League football.
But before we usher in 2015, it’s time to reminisce over the last twelve months. And what better way to regurgitate the footballing memories than mulling over some of the best goals of 2014?
This article takes a look at Chelsea and their most memorable strikes of the calender year, featuring the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Andre Schurrle to name a few.
So without further ado, sit back and remember 2014 through the Blues’ top FIVE goals!
Chelsea’s win at the Etihad last season was amongst the most exciting 1-0 affairs the Premier League has ever witnessed, blessed with an intensity of supreme quality from both sides, not to mention an absolute master-class in how to grab a win against title favourites away from home. In a match of ferocious contest in every department, the result was eventually decided by a relatively unlikely source; right-back Branislav Ivanovic. The Serbian’s goal record for Chelsea is a respectable 27 in 290 appearances across all competitions, but none have come via a strike as sweet as this one.
Just a weekend after the Etihad win, Chelsea recorded a three-nil thumping over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. Eden Hazard has proved his potency when cutting inside from the left flank time and time again and in truth, there’s a plethora of goals we could have accredited the Belgium international with on this list. But purely due to the aesthetic link-up play inside the box with Samuel Eto’o, we’ve given this effort against the Magpies the nod.
It’s not too often a goal scored at U21 level wins a Premier League club’s Goal of the Season award, so there’s no doubt youngster Lewis Baker’s effort against Arsenal’s reserves squad in April was something special – a spinning back-heel Billy Elliot would be proud of. Chelsea fans continue to hold concerns about blocked avenues between the academy squad and the first team, but as Jose Mourinho commented in July, only he can be blamed if Baker doesn’t become a fully-fledged England international under his leadership.
Chelsea spent around £90million during the summer to improve their fluency going forward and shirk the negative stigmatisms of Jose Mourinho’s pragmatic philosophy. Well, it took them only until a visit to Brunley on the opening day of the season to show the rest of the Premier League that they’d be facing an incredibly different style of Blues side this year. Likely a contender for the Premier League’s Goal of the Season come May-time, after some impressive build-up play, Andre Schurrle applied the finishing touch to a world-class assist from Cesc Fabregas.
Chelsea’s new No.8, Oscar, only seems to score incredible goals, so it’s no surprise he’s ended up finishing off this list of Chelsea’s best in 2014. Much like Eden Hazard, plenty of the Brazilian’s strikes could have made the grade, but it’s this effort against QPR in November that stands out as something truly special.
The goals on this list thus far have been full of style and flair, but there’s a few Chelsea goals, perhaps, somewhat scrappier, that the fans will equally appreciate. Take this effort from infamously goal-shy midfielder John Obi Mikel for example, – incredibly, his second Chelsea goal of 2014:
To some, a simple tap-in, but to those that understand the beauty of John Obi Mikel, some world-class movement followed by a deadly finish.
Then there’s the small matter of this Demba Ba goal against Liverpool at the end of last term:
Chelsea have won Premier League and European honours, but will the fans experience a sweeter moment than watching Steven Gerrard eat his own words – and a mouthful of grass – as Liverpool’s title chances slipped out of their grasp?