With the 2016/17 Premier League season just a few short days away, Chelsea’s pre-season preparations are almost complete, as they look to bounce back from a disappointing campaign last time out.
Despite cruising to the title in the 2014/15 season, the following year was characterised by the departure of the legendary Jose Mourinho, numerous player bust ups, and a disappointing 10th place finish in the Premier League.
However, fast forward a few months and Chelsea fans are back to being optimistic about the future. Antonio Conte has come in and looked impressive, whilst Chelsea’s new signings have immediately come in and made an impact.
In fact, there is an awful lot for Chelsea fans to be excited about for the coming season…and we’re about to make it even better.
And as if the excitement couldn’t increase further, we’ve teamed up with 7 Of The Best to bring you a footballing treat for the coming campaign. It’s free to play and the best team each week wins £1,500, as well as monthly prize of £4,000 for the best individual. Want to win bigger? Nab yourself a whopping £500k if you get all seven of your selections correct for seven consecutive weeks.
How do you play? All you need to do is pick seven teams each week, one being your banker, five being teams you expect to win and one you believe will draw.
To celebrate this fantastic competition, we thought we would take that magical number 7 and think of some of the best things that have happened in the Premier League over the last few years, and pick 7 of our favourites.
This week, it is time to look at 7 of THE BEST things to happen at Chelsea under Roman Abramovich…
The first Premier League trophy in Chelsea history, the first title win in over 50 years; very few Chelsea fans young and old will forget that day in 2005.
A Frank Lampard goal, of course, against Bolton wrapped the game up; and what followed were weeks of celebration at SW6.
Many fans, particularly the older generation, thought the day would never come – with the club looking set to enter administration just two years prior; but Roman Abramovich made all of their dreams come true.
They say things are always better the first time around – but that definitely wasn’t the case in 2006.
For many fans, the 2005 season was a one-off; nobody expected Chelsea to continue their upward’s trajectory so emphatically. And then 2006 happened.
Another unstoppable campaign spearheaded by Jose Mourinho and Roman Abramoivch saw The Blues win back-to-back Premier League titles, and look near unstoppable in the process.
It may not have carried the anticipation that came with the first title win; but it will be a year that Chelsea fans will never forget.
On Chelsea’s 100th anniversary year; the club finally reached the pinnacle of English football once again.
Whilst not on the level of a big trophy win or a big record; Eden Hazard’s signing brought a smile to the face of every single Chelsea fan.
Not only had the club captured one of the best talents in world football, but, perhaps more importantly to some; they had beaten out a number of their rivals to his signature.
Hazard opted to join the Blues ahead of teams including Arsenal and Manchester United; highlighting the club as the premium destination for world-class talent in England.
What happened next is history, with Hazard going on to a player of the year season in the 2015/16 campaign to play a huge part in Chelsea’s Premier League title win.
No Chelsea fan will forget the day that Frank Lampard broke Bobby Tambling’s Chelsea goalscoring record, scoring twice against Aston Villa to become the club’s highest ever goalscorer.
A record that will likely never be beaten in the modern game, Lampard’s record is a testament to the passion and dedication that he had for Chelsea Football Club during his time with the spell, and he will forever go down in history as one of the best to put on a blue shirt.
Many Blues fans were fearful that he might be forced to leave the club before completing the record, and football fans were unanimous in their delight for an English legend.
Though Chelsea’s stadium is yet to even begin completion, recent talk of the project bodes well for the future of the ground.
Chelsea fans were adamant on staying at Stamford Bridge, the home of the club since their founding in 1905; and the Chelsea brass agreed.
The fans were fearful that the club would move to a new ground with no atmosphere, a-la West Ham or Arsenal, but their success keeping the club at Stamford Bridge is considered a real victory for the Chelsea Supporters Trust.
Time will tell whether the ground works out as a positive move in the long run; but at this point in time, Roman Abramovich’s approach to stadium redevelopment must go down as one of his decisions in recent memory.
The run to the 2012 Champion’s League final was the stuff of legend.
Chelsea looked out of every game between the round of 16 and the final; only to heroically come back and turn the game around.
The second leg against Napoli, in which we trailed 3-1 from the first leg stands out in particular- with Roberto Di Matteo’s first European night in charge of The Blues still to this day one of the best footballing spectacles in recent memory
Chelsea may, one day, be able to celebrate winning the trophy again; but their run to the final that year will never be matched .
It had to be – the greatest night in the history of Chelsea Football Club.
Despite the club being the first in London to win a major European trophy, a lot was made of Chelsea’s spending without European success; and May 19th 2012 was the night that the boys in the blue proved the doubters wrong.
The night will never be rivalled; the trophy with the big ears remains the pinnacle of European football; and now it will be about attempting to relive that night in the years to come, as Chelsea begin their return to the top of the footballing ladder.