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With the football season coming to an end, begins to look back at how the big European giants fared over the last 12 months. We start with Chelsea..

By Shikharr Chandra

This Season's Stats
                  Premier League: 3rd
Champions League: Group Stages (eliminated)
Europa League: Winner
FA Cup: Semi Finals (eliminated)
Club World Cup: Runners-up
Capital One Cup: Semi Finals (eliminated)
UEFA Super Cup: Runners-up
Games: 69
Won: 37
Lost: 16
Drawn: 14
Win %: 53.62%
GF: 145
GA:  81
GF ratio: 2.11
GA ratio: 1.20

Premier League

After a disappointing end to last season that saw the Blues miss out on Champions League places, this season was certainly an improvement as the Pensioners finished as the third best side in the league. Chelsea's Premier League campaign began on a high, but a controversial defeat to Manchester United at home saw the start of the downfall for the Blues. Di Matteo was soon sacked after a string of disappointing results in the league and Europe and was soon replaced by former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez.

It was a not an easy start for the Spaniard because of the pressure from the Stamford Bridge faithful who expressed their anger over his appointment on a regular basis, but overall Benitez did a fairly decent job as he guided the club to Champions League football next season. The highlight of Rafa's Premier League campaign was the win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.


FA Cup
Chelsea entered this season's FA Cup as the defending champions and looked on course to repeat last  feat until they were knocked out by Manchester City in the semifinals. The Blues started off their campaign with a comfortable 5-1 win over the Saints but were held back by League One side Brentford in the fourth round who took the champions to a replay but were then beaten comfortably thanks to an outstanding display by Juan Mata.  

Chelsea continued their FA Cup campaign with a routine 2-0 win over championship side Middlesbrough and somehow managed to take their quarterfinal tie against Manchester United to a replay after an outstanding second half display that saw them overcome a 2-0 deficit. An out of the world Demba Ba goal at Stamford Bridge was enough to send the Blues to the Semi Finals at the expense of Manchester United. Chelsea's Wembley fairytale came to an end as the Citizens recorded a hard fought win in the semi finals over Benitez's side to eliminate them from this season's tournament.

Capital One Cup
Over the years the Capital One Cup has been taken lightly by many of the big teams who have preferred to give their youngsters a run in, but that was certainly not the case with Chelsea this year. The Blues kicked off their cup run with a 6-0 win over Wolves at Stamford Bridge which was followed by a hard-fought 5-4 win over Manchester United just days after the two sides had met in the controversial league fixture.

Chelsea continued to march on after a 5-1 win over rivals Leeds United but their cup run came to an end against eventual champions Swansea City. A mistake by Branislav Ivanovic saw the Blues lose 2-0 at home in the first leg and a controversial 0-0 draw at the Liberty Stadium that saw Eden Hazard sent off for an alleged violent attack on a Swansea ball boy in the second leg resulting in the Pensioners going out on a 2-0 aggregate scoreline.

Champions League
It was without a doubt Chelsea's worst run in the Champions League since Roman Abramovich took over the club. The Pensioners entered this season's competition as the defending champions but were handed a relatively trickier group with the likes of Juventus and Shakhtar Donetsk. The Blues kicked off their campaign with a 2-2 draw over the Italian champions Juventus at home, a game Chelsea were leading 2-0. The Blues finally recorded their first win of the tournament with a comfortable 4-0 thrashing of lowly FC Nordsjaelland but were then outplayed by Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk at Ukraine.

The Blues got their revenge over the Ukrainians thanks to a late Victor Moses goal, but a defeat against Juventus meant qualification to the knockout rounds was out of their hands. Chelsea did what was in their hands by thrashing Nordsjaelland 6-1, but a Juventus win in Ukraine meant the Blues were knocked out of the competition on head to head record.

Europa League
One trophy Chelsea would have hardly thought about playing let alone winning was the one they ended up with. After a poor Champions League campaign, Chelsea saw themselves drop into the Europa League. Often using it as a platform to keep the players fresh by rotating them on a regular basis, Chelsea overcame the likes of Steaua Bucharest, FC Basel, Rubin Kazan and Sparta Prague before setting up a date at Amsterdam against Benfica.

After a disappointing first half display the Blues opened the scoring through Fernando Torres but penalty midway through the second half by Oscar Cardozo meant the game could be heading to extra time until a late Ivanovic header sealed the title for the Blues. The Europa League win meant Chelsea became the first team to win the Champions League and Europa League back to back and the fourth club to win both the European trophies.

Club World Cup
Chelsea's trip to Japan ended in bitter disappointment after they suffered an unlikely defeat against Brazilian side Corinthians. Chelsea opened their campaign with a comfortable 3-1 win over CONCACAF Champions Monterrey but the defeat in the final meant that Chelsea had to settle for second best.

Super Cup
Arguably Chelsea's most embarrassing game this season was their 4-1 defeat to Europa League Champions Atletico Madrid. The Blues were single handedly demolished by striker Radamel Falcao who scored a hat-trick as the Spanish side dominated the European Champions from the word go.

Community Shield
Roberto Di Matteo's first game as permanent Chelsea manager ended in bitter disappointment as his side ended up on the losing side of a 3-2 scoreline. Much was made of Chelsea's new signing Eden Hazard towards the build up of this game, but their lack of quality in the center of the midfield was exploited by the Citizens.

Top 3 Players
With 20 goals and 28 assists in all competitions, Juan Mata was without doubt Chelsea's player of the season. The young Belgian was quick to settle in at his new club and with consistent displays throughout the campaign, Hazard was arguably one of the signings of the season Without doubt one of the most improved players this season, he settled into his new midfield role with ease and was instrumental in the club's Europa League success.

Top 5 performances
Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa

Chelsea 2-1 Benfica

Tottenham 2-4 Chelsea

Manchester United 0-1 Chelsea

Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea

Key Stats

  • Frank Lampard has become the club's top scorer with 203 goals in 403 appearances for Chelsea.
  • Chelsea are one of five clubs to have won both the Champions League and Europa League. They join Juventus, Ajax, Porto and Bayern Munich who have achieved this unique feat.
  • Chelsea had the second best attack in the league with an average of 1.97 goals per game.
  • The Blues have won 63% of all their home games this season in the Premier League.

Fan View
Avish Kumar:

"Chelsea's league season was pretty much like it is has been over the past few years, starting with a bang, falling asleep during the winter and then finishing with a bang again. Although the false high early on had some dreaming of the title, most fans would have taken a 3rd place finish when it started.

"The change of manager to the Interim One from RDM didn't help the team in terms of both, technicality as well as backing from fans.
The biggest let down of the season however was the UCL group stage exit."


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