A quick post before Tony’s match review, which will be published shortly.
The first 11.
11 – Trophies
Since Roman Abramovich acquired Chelsea FC in 2003 the club has won 11 trophies:
Europa League 2012/13, Champions League 2011/12, FA Cup 2011/12, FA Cup 2009/10, Premier League 2009/10, FA Cup 2008/09, FA Cup 2006/07, League Cup 2006/07, Premier League 2005/06, League Cup 2005/06, Premier League 2004/05 (it’s actually 13 trophies if you count the two Community Shields in 2004/05 and 2008/09, but who’s counting. Oh).
10 – Years of Roman Abramovich
And never a dull moment. Thank you, Roman.
9 – Managers
In those 10 years Roman and his retinue have hired and (mostly) fired nine managers:
Claudio Ranieri, 2000/04; Jose Mourinho, 2004/07; Avram Grant, 2007/08; Luiz Felipe Scolari, 2008/09; Guus Hiddink, 2009; Carlo Ancelotti, 2009/11; Andre Villas-Boas, 2011/12; Roberto Di Matteo, 2012; Rafael Benitez, 2012/13.
2013? Jose? Please let it be Jose. Please. The Special One Part Two.
8 – Frank Lampard
Super Frank. Arguably Chelsea’s greatest ever player. Broke Bobby Tambling’s long-standing goal scoring record (202) against Aston Villa last weekend. Frank has now scored 203 goals in 607 appearances since signing for £11m from West Ham in 2001. In the Abramovich era Frank has reached double figures every season, scoring between 13 and 27 goals, all from midfield. What a player. And it looks like he’s going to sign a new one-year contract and score even more. A legend.
7 – Nascimento Ramires
Let’s be honest, Ramires had a stinker against Benfica. Frankly, he was awful. Fouls, offsides, wayward passes, everything he did was rubbish. But he never stopped running, he never gave up, and in the end he won the all-important corner in injury time from which Branislav Ivanovic scored a magnificent winner. Ramires gets a lot of stick, particularly on Twitter, and I’m not sure why. Last night he was asked to play out wide, and we all know he’s not a winger. But he always gives everything for the cause, in fact sometimes he gives a bit too much, but that’s what makes him the player he is. Deserves more respect.
6 – Goals in six Europa League games
Just when you think Fernando Torres is a spent force and the biggest waste of money since the last biggest waste of money signed by Chelsea he goes and scores yet another crucial and, let’s face it, brilliant goal. At times against Benfica he looked like the Torres of old, the Torres of Liverpool. Six goals in six Europa League games and a 20 plus goal season. Pretty good and a good omen.
5 – Pints
I drank five pints of beer during the game. Not too much. Just the right amount to write this rubbish. (Sorry, I couldn’t think of another “5”. Quick, think of one while I prepare Tony’s Europa League final review.)
4 – World Cup, European Championship, Champions League, Europa League
Fernando Torres is the first player to hold all four at the same time. Where did it all go wrong, Nando?
And, Chelsea are the fourth club after Bayern Munich, Juventus and Ajax to win all three major European trophies.
3 – European trophies
Chelsea have now won all three major European trophies, the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1971 (versus Real Madrid) and 1998 (versus Stuttgart), the Champions League, aka the European Cup in 2012 (versus Bayern Munich) and the Europa League, aka the UEFA Cup in 2013 (versus Benfica).
2 – European trophies in two seasons
Chelsea have won the two current major European trophies, the Champions League and the Europa League, in two consecutive seasons. With two different managers – Robbie and Rafa.
1 – Champions League and Europa League holders
Chelsea are the first team in history to hold both the Champions League and the Europa League titles at the same time.
A bit of fun.
Keep the Blue Flag Flying High!