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In the quarter-finals, a 4–2 home win over German champions Bayern Munich and a 3–2 loss in Germany were enough to ensure passage through to the semi-finals, where they faced Liverpool. In 1915, under the shadow of the First World War, Chelsea reached their first FA Cup final, the so-called "Khaki" cup final, owing to the large number of uniformed soldiers in attendance. On 21 February 2012, Napoli beat Chelsea 3–1 in the first leg of their round of 16 tie.[88]. Lampard has been Chelsea’s manager for … In the same season, he led Chelsea to their second Full Members Cup success, with a 1–0 win over Middlesbrough in the final at Wembley. The club continued to be one of the country's best-supported teams. [94] In 2013, the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) ranked Chelsea the number one team in the world, replacing Barcelona at the top of the world rankings. [116], Off the pitch, on 29 November 2016, Chelsea became implicated in the UK football sexual abuse scandal after announcing it was investigating allegations of historical sexual abuse in the 1970s, including a secret payment to a former player who had accused the club's ex-chief scout Eddie Heath of child sexual abuse. A minute later he surprised me by slapping me on the shoulder and saying, "You took that bite damned well, most men would have kicked up hell about it. Indeed, they were drawn to face Swedish champions Djurgårdens IF in the first round. The title was eventually secured with a 3–0 win over United at Stamford Bridge. The Charity Shield was added in August with a 2–0 win against Manchester United, to make Vialli Chelsea's then most successful manager. For a general overview of the club, see Chelsea F.C. On 20 September 2007, Mourinho left Chelsea by "mutual consent"[63] following an indifferent start to the season and after several months of well-documented friction between Mourinho and Abramovich. They were also knocked out of both the other cups in the quarter-finals. [23] Chelsea did play an unofficial UK championship friendly against Scottish champions Aberdeen, which Aberdeen won. Go to the chemists and get that bite seen to and meet me here at nine tomorrow morning and we'll get busy".[1]. [50] He also launched the "Save the Bridge" campaign, with the aim of raising £15 million to acquire the freehold from Marler. Avram Grant (September 2007 – May 2008). In the Champions League, Chelsea coasted through the group stages, qualifying for the knockout phase with two games to spare, and were drawn against Barcelona, one of the strongest sides in Europe. [127] In August 2019, Chelsea's board apologised "unreservedly" for allowing Heath, a "prolific and manipulative sexual abuser", to operate "unchallenged". But Osgood broke his leg in a League Cup tie and the side's momentum was disrupted. It included goalkeeper Charlie 'Chic' Thomson, amateur players Derek Saunders and Jim Lewis, central midfielder Johnny "Jock" McNichol, wingers Eric "Rabbit" Parsons and Frank Blunstone, defender Peter Sillett and future England manager Ron Greenwood in central defence, as well old club stalwarts, right back Ken Armstrong, left-back Stan Willemse and veteran defender John Harris. in June 2003 for £60 million. The song "Blue is the Colour" was released in 1972 with members of the squad singing, and it reached number five in the UK Singles Chart. The silver lining in the season was the FA Cup win in which a solitary goal from Eden Hazard sealed the Blues' victory over Manchester United at Wembley. On 29 November 2011, Chelsea were knocked out of the League Cup at the quarter-final stage by Liverpool, who won 2–0 at Stamford Bridge. Webb was replaced by 35-year-old former England midfielder Glenn Hoddle, who had just won promotion to the Premiership as player-manager of Swindon Town. They were also on course to reach their third League Cup final, drawing relegation candidates Sunderland in the semi-finals. Equally Lampard deserves credit for shepherding his side to the top four while a transfer ban limited his ability to imprint on his squad. A year later, Chelsea Football & Athletic Company, heavily in debt and unable to pay its players, was acquired from the Mears family interests by businessman and one-time chairman of Oldham Athletic, Ken Bates, for the sum of £1, though for reasons which remain disputed, he did not buy SB Properties, the company which now owned the Stamford Bridge freehold. In Ranieri's place, Abramovich recruited José Mourinho (who had lifted two Portuguese league titles, a Portuguese Cup, a Champions League title and a UEFA Cup with Porto) as the club's new manager. This was followed by an elimination from the FA Cup on 12 March after a 2–0 loss to Everton. After a falling out with Birrell, Lawton was sold to Notts County for £20,000; his replacement was Roy Bentley, signed from Newcastle United for £11,500 in 1948. [38] During a match against Charlton Athletic at The Valley in 1977, Chelsea fans lit fires on the terraces. On telling the owner "Your damned dog has bitten me, look!" It was Chelsea's first appearance in the final since 1915 and their first ever appearance in the final at Wembley. Chelsea did not concede 15 goals because they were defensive but because they had the best midfielders in the world in Claude Makelele, Lampard and eventually Essien shielding the best back four in the world with Petr Cech as an outstanding last line of defense. Antonio Conte (July 2016 – July 2018, won 2017 Premier League and 2018 FA Cup). They won their second Cup Winners' Cup title with a 1–0 victory against VfB Stuttgart at the Råsunda Stadium in Stockholm; Zola, a second-half substitute, scored the winning goal just 17 seconds after coming on. [12] 55,000 attended the first-ever London derby in the top division, against Woolwich Arsenal, a record for a First Division match. [78] The club were subsequently cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and the transfer ban was lifted. Nevertheless, Ranieri was given a hero's send-off in his final match in charge. Maurizio Sarri (July 2018 – June 2019, won 2019 Europa League). Third place in the league was nevertheless high enough for a first-ever appearance in the Champions League. Although the ban on English clubs in European football was lifted that year, Chelsea missed out on a UEFA Cup place because the only English place in the competition that year went to league runners-up Aston Villa. Tom Gott | Jan 25, 2021. Philadelphia Soccer History; US Soccer History. Money was spent, but some feel it was too often spent on inappropriate players, especially forwards, while the defence remained neglected. Campbell was promoted to general manager at the end of the season; he was succeeded as team manager by first team coach Ian Porterfield. They would end the season 14 behind with the manager struggling to connect with players who were once his great rivals. [81], Chelsea began the 2010–11 season with a loss to Manchester United in the Community Shield. The latter was the first of many prolific strikers/forwards to play for Chelsea; he scored five goals on his debut and 27 in the promotion season en route to becoming the first player to score 100 goals for the club. Jose Mourinho, part two (June 2013 – December 2015, won 2015 League Cup and Premier League). The team were beaten by title rivals Manchester United in March and lost 2–0 in their FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool, despite going into the latter match as favourites. As a result, expectations of Chelsea in the 2002–03 season were more limited. One point from the remaining fixtures, however, denied them the title and they finished sixth again. The spirit of the side began to disintegrate after Hollins and his assistant Ernie Walley fell out with several key players, notably Speedie and Spackman, who were subsequently sold. A year later, Chelsea seemed destined for relegation: with four games remaining, they were six points behind, at the bottom of the table, and without a win in fourteen matches. [111], Sarri subsequently departed ahead of the 2019 season to take charge of Juventus. Chelsea drew 1–1 away to Liverpool and played out a 1–1 home draw against Leicester City, with Claudio Ranieri, former Chelsea boss, being received a guard of honour. [72] However, despite a bright start which saw Chelsea top the Premier League table early in the season, Scolari was sacked on 9 February 2009 due to "results and performances of the team... deteriorating at a key time in the season", and with the club lying fourth in the Premier League. David Bulstrode, chairman of Marler, proposed a merger between Fulham and Queens Park Rangers, with Chelsea then relocating to Rangers' Loftus Road stadium. They won the League Cup by beating Arsenal 2–1 in the last ever English cup final at the Millennium Stadium, and beat United 1–0 in the first FA Cup final at the new Wembley Stadium; Chelsea were also the last team to win it at the old Wembley. Winning their first nine games, the side emphatically set the pace in the Premier League – including a 4–1 win over Liverpool at Anfield – and at one stage were 18 points ahead of nearest rivals Manchester United. Here we rank them in the hope of offering some lessons for Tuchel if he wants to see out his 18 month contract and perhaps earn another. As the spirit of the team declined, so too did results. During the World War One Chelsea club lost many star players.[17]. The first was a dramatic 4–3 win at Molineux – a game in which Chelsea were trailing 2–3 going into stoppage time – and a 1–0 win at Stamford Bridge in April, secured with a Sillett penalty awarded after Wolves captain Billy Wright had punched a goal-bound shot over the bar.[22]. In 1939, with the club having come no closer to on-field success, Knighton stepped down. 2. Roberto Di Matteo (March 2012 – November 2012, won 2012 Champions League). Gullit was suddenly sacked in February 1998, ostensibly after a contract dispute,[57] with the team second in the Premiership, and in the semi-finals of two cup competitions. In the summer of 1995, Chelsea recruited two world-famous players, Dutch legend Ruud Gullit, on a free transfer from Sampdoria, and Manchester United striker Mark Hughes (£1.5 million), both of whom would play a significant role in the club's future success. On 4 March, following a 1–0 defeat against West Brom, André Villas-Boas was sacked as Chelsea manager after nine months in charge; his win percentage was under 50%, which was unprecedented for Abramovich-era Chelsea managers. [56] Hollins was sacked in March the following season with the side again in relegation trouble. Chelsea thus returned to the First Division with a new, youthful team which included the uncompromising Ron "Chopper" Harris (who would set a club record of 795 senior appearances), goalkeeper Peter Bonetti, prolific goalscoring winger Bobby Tambling (whose 202 goals remained a club record until 2013), midfielder John Hollins, full-back Ken Shellito, striker Barry Bridges, winger Bert Murray and captain and playmaker Terry Venables, all products of the youth system. The club had the highest average attendance in English football in 1907–08,[7] 1909–10,[8] 1911–12,[9] 1912–13[10] and 1913–14. The 1982–83 season proved to be the worst in Chelsea's history. The trio did not make 300 appearances between them and by 1936 all had left at a significant financial loss to the club. This week, he's looking at almost 20 years of Chelsea managers. The following season, Chelsea won the Premier League title for the first time since 2010 after topping the table from the very start of the season. [61] After receiving death threats from Chelsea fans, Frisk retired and Mourinho received a two-match touchline ban for bringing the game into disrepute. On this occasion the argument could be made that the short-term glory did not outweigh the long-term costs. Focusing solely on his one season with Abramovich over his shoulder, it is fair to say that Ranieri at least laid foundations from which Mourinho could build. In 1932, the team secured impressive wins over Liverpool and Sheffield Wednesday, and were drawn against Newcastle United in the semi-finals. [104] They also won their fifth League Cup, thanks to a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium. Had Hiddink got his hands on the Chelsea side earlier they might even have come closer to the league title as they dropped just five points between his temporary appointment and the end of the season. Gullit capped an impressive first season in management by leading Chelsea to their highest league placing since 1990 (sixth) and winning the FA Cup, ending the club's 26-year wait for a major trophy. In spite of their checkered fortunes, Chelsea became one of the best-supported teams in the country, with fans attracted by the team's reputation for playing entertaining attacking football and for signing star players, notably half-back Ben Warren and striker Bob Whittingham. Additionally, Chelsea made it to the final of the EFL Cup, being beaten by the eventual league winners Manchester City on penalties. The project coincided with a world economic crisis and was hit by delays, a builders' strike and shortages of materials, all of which sent the cost escalating out of control, to the extent that the club's debts stood at £4 million by 1977. Those spring months of 2009 were great fun for Chelsea, who romped their way to 16 wins and just one defeat in 22 games, picking up the FA Cup along the way. Club captain John Terry played every minute of all 38 games, equalling a record set by Gary Pallister. In the same season, the inaugural Full Members Cup was won with a 5–4 win over Manchester City at Wembley, thanks to a Speedie hat-trick and in spite of the opposition fighting back from 1–5 down. However, a dip in form around February meant that a title challenge was out of the question along with a defeat at home in the fifth round of the FA Cup to Manchester United. His name may be deeply unpopular around Stamford Bridge, synonymous with a brand of football loathed by Chelsea supporters, but it is hard to argue with his record. [49] Mears and Lord Chelsea subsequently sold their shares in SB Properties to property developers Marler Estates, giving Marler a 70% stake in the company. Every week James Benge ranks something, anything, in the Premier League, breaking down everything from the nerdiest tactics to the best kits, to the worst haircuts. What counts for more, the trophies or the "palpable discord" he left in his wake? Chelsea presented a plate with the club crest to Aberdeen as a reward. Goalkeeper Jim Molyneux's mistake allowed United to score before half-time, but the Blues held out until the final six minutes, when their opponents added two more to win 3–0. The directors had their own chauffeur to drive them around town. Trailing 2–1 during the second leg at the Camp Nou, the team were just seven minutes away from the semi-finals, but conceded a third and were eventually beaten 5–1 after extra time, losing 6–4 on aggregate. Chelsea won a pulsating return leg 4–2 at Stamford Bridge, with John Terry heading in a controversial winner to send them through. They topped the table after a win against Everton in November 2004 and never relinquished their lead, losing only one league game all season and winning a record 29, gaining a record 95 points in the process. Manager John Neal made a series of signings who were to be crucial in turning around the club's fortunes. However, the team's form began to slip with a disappointing 1–1 home draw against Stoke City, and a 2–2 home draw against West Ham, resulting in Chelsea slipping down to tenth. The club began with established players recruited from other teams; along with Foulke, Chelsea signed forwards Jimmy Windridge and Bob McRoberts from Small Heath, and Frank Pearson from Manchester City. Campbell guided a squad of mostly unremarkable players to a creditable fifth place in the final table. He might have had a point though. Frank Lampard (July 2019 – January 2021). 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