POST-SEASON BRIEFING 2013/14

May 24, 2014 Posted Under: News

Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton have their traditional final word, and numbers, on the season just completed…

Chelsea finished the 2013/14 season third in the top flight for the second season running and the seventh in our history, stretching back to the first occasion in 1919/20. It is the 15th time Chelsea have ended a campaign in the top three.

In this season’s Barclays Premier League, the Blues managed the third best home record, the fifth best away from home, the third highest goals total (71) and the fewest conceded (27). Our proud records of the most Premier League points (95 in 2004/05) and goals (103 in 2009/10) remain intact.

The leadership of the table changed 25 times over the course of the season, with Jose Mourinho’s side occupying top spot the second longest, 64 days, five more than Liverpool. Arsenal led for 128 days before slipping to fourth.

Despite accruing the fewest days at the summit, eventual champions Manchester City had games in hand for many weeks that, with a full points haul, would have placed them there.

The Blues stood alone in beating a top-four side home and away – a feat achieved twice, against Manchester City and Liverpool. In total we took 16 points from the top four – the next best in that endeavour were relegation-threatened Aston Villa.

Gary Cahill celebrates our win at Man City

The standout league performances came at the Etihad and Anfield, and in the historic 6-0 floor-wiping of the Gunners at the Bridge. City had a 100 per cent home record before the Blues’ 1-0 tactical masterclass there, emulated a few months later on a very confident Merseyside.

Chelsea did the Double over five other sides: Cardiff, Fulham, Hull, Southampton and Swansea. A further five sides took just a single point from our encounters: Man United, Norwich, and, of course, Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham.

The 3-1 victory over Manchester United was the 100th in the Premier League for Mourinho, making him just the fourth to achieve this at the same club. He has beaten every side he has faced in the top flight at least once and has notched more points against Liverpool – nine – than any other club.

The top two both netted over 30 goals more than Chelsea’s 71 (which was our goal difference in 2010) and it was in the tightest contests where the Blues needed to be more efficient in front of goal.

Until January, when Fernando Torres struck at Southampton, none of the centre-forwards was able to hit the target away from home; Demba Ba eventually weighed in twice, in April.

Adopting a deeper role in his 13th season at the Bridge, Frank Lampard, so often a game-changer, naturally slipped below double figures for the first time since 2002/03.

Lampard Chelsea

Defensively Mourinho’s men were truly exceptional, the best by a margin: the next tightest rearguard, Man City’s, conceded 10 more than the 27 of Cech, Terry and co.

No side preserved as many clean sheets or lost fewer league games than Chelsea. The six sides who beat the Blues were Everton, Newcastle, Stoke, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Sunderland. Every one of those narrow but damaging defeats came on a Saturday immediately before a midweek game in the Champions League.

The Blues were undefeated in all 12 Sunday matches this season, winning 11 of them and conceding just six goals. Our last four domestic defeats on a Sunday were against the Manchester clubs – three City, one United – most recently April 2013.

Nonetheless Europe again produced some of the season’s most memorable moments. The thrilling 2-0 comeback from a 1-3 first-leg deficit against PSG amid a deafening atmosphere at the Bridge was the highlight, but the emotional return of Munich 2012 hero Didier Drogba to his spiritual home, as a Galatasaray player, ran that a close second.

‘I was proud, so proud,’ the Ivorian commented afterwards. ‘I spent eight years of my life there – and they have been the best of my football career. Chelsea is my club, it’s my team. It was great to see the fans again. They’re still here [in my heart].’

Less welcome was Eden Hazard’s status as the most fouled player in European football last season. He was abused 34 times, nine of those misdemeanours coming against our semi-final vanquishers, Atletico Madrid.

Hazard Chelsea

Chelsea’s lonely persistence in reaching the latter stages in Europe has not, as is often suggested, been solely responsible for England retaining four Champions League places – that threat has been some way off. However we have almost single-handedly kept our national association above that of Germany in UEFA rankings.

When the next draw is made Chelsea will be seeded fourth, a slip of one place compared to last year as a result of Real Madrid’s success. Others English sides are losing more ground.

Arsenal dropped out of the first eight and only qualify for top seeding in 2014/15 because of sixth-ranked Manchester United’s failure to qualify for Europe. Man City (22nd in UEFA rankings) and Liverpool (32nd) could well land themselves tough groups from which to emerge.

As a result of their absence from Europe in 2014/15, United’s club coefficient will drop considerably next year, when their 2009/10 tally of 28.5856 points also drops out of the equation. They could well find themselves out of the top seedings.

On the subject of looking forward, the top flight has lost one west London rival, Fulham, but may possibly gain another, Queen’s Park Rangers, this weekend.

We had lost only once to our SW6 neighbours in the Premier League era, so in pragmatic terms they will be missed almost as much as Cardiff City, against whom we have a 100 per cent record (two wins in two games). Norwich were slightly chirpier, the Canaries winning four of our 14 encounters since 1992/93.

Newly promoted champions Leicester have suffered nine defeats, managed four draws and won three times against Chelsea. Burnley’s record against the Blues is identical to that of Cardiff.

In statistical terms (as well as local rivalry) the Stamford Bridge faithful should be hoping for a Derby play-off win: the Rams have come away pointless from 10 of our 14 Premier League meetings, twice as many times as the Rs have from 12.

It would also enhance our title chances to see off the likes of Stoke and Sunderland, both of whose winning goals were scored by Liverpool loanees: Oussama Assaidi and former Chelsea pro Fabio Borini. From his temporary base at Everton, on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku scored five of his goals against our title rivals, including a brace in the Toffees’ 3-3 draw with Liverpool.

Fellow centre-forward Patrick Bamford, 20, turbocharged Derby County’s promotion campaign after his loan in late January while Thorgan Hazard, Eden’s younger brother, won Belgium’s equivalent of the Football Writers’ and PFA Player of the Year awards during his spell at Zulte Waregem.

Chelsea’s Academy production line continues to excel. Chelsea’s Under-18s edged two pulsating games against Fulham 7-6 on aggregate to lift the FA Youth Cup for the third time in five years. That is one-club domination not seen since the Busby Babes won the first five Youth Cups in the mid-1950s, and permits hopes of a ‘golden generation.’

Not to be outdone, the Under-21s were undisputed champions at their level after topping the league then beating the Manchester clubs City and United on their respective home patch in the play-off semi-final and final.

Youngsters Isak Ssewankambo, Ola Aina, Andreas Christensen, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kasey Palmer, Charly Musonda and Charlie Colkett were involved in both denouements.

Jose Mourinho handed first team debuts to three Academy graduates in 2014/15: Tomas Kalas (pictured below), John Swift (connected with the club from the age of 14) and the club’s Young Player of the Year, Lewis Baker, a Blue from the age of nine. That is the most blooded since 2010/11, when Jacob Mellis, Josh McEachran and Ryan Bertrand featured.

Kalas Chelsea

THE SUMMARY OF THE SEASON

Barclays Premier League – third (qualified for the Champions League group stage).

UEFA Champions League – semi-finalists.

FA Cup – fifth round.

Capital One Cup – quarter-finalists.

UEFA Super Cup – runners-up.

Barclays Under-21 Premier League – champions.

FA Youth Cup – winners.

UEFA Youth League – quarter-finalists.


Milestones of the season

Chelsea’s 25th consecutive season in the top flight, equalling the club record set between 1930 and 1962.

600th appearance – John Terry.
Now the fourth highest all-time for Chelsea.

450 games as captain – John Terry.

400th Premier League appearances – John Terry.

300th Premier League appearances – Petr Cech.

300 Chelsea appearances – John Mikel Obi.
Only the fourth overseas player to reach that milestone.

220 Chelsea clean sheets – Petr Cech.
A new club record, beating Peter Bonetti’s 208.

Cech and Terry

100 Chelsea appearances – Oscar, Eden Hazard, Gary Cahill.

100 career Champions League appearances – Petr Cech, Frank Lampard.

100 European appearances for Chelsea – Petr Cech.

100 career international caps – Frank Lampard.

100 international caps as a Chelsea player – Frank Lampard
The only player in our history to do so.

Frank Lampard has now made 50 appearances as substitute.

50 Champions League appearances for John Mikel Obi.

Our all-time record win against Arsenal: 6-0.

Oscar Chelsea

We also equalled our biggest ever home victory over Tottenham – 4-0.

Mark Schwarzer became our oldest debutant when he played against Swindon – 40 years 354 days – and the oldest player in the Champions League knockout stage.

Jose Mourinho’s 150th win in his two spells at Stamford Bridge came in his 225th match.

Mourinho’s 100th Premier League win came in his 142nd game – the quickest in the history of the competition. He is also the fastest to reach 100 wins in Chelsea history.

Pld W %W
1 David Calderhead 966 385 39.8
2 Dave Sexton 371 164 44.2
3 Jose Mourinho 242 159 65.7
4 Ted Drake 426 156 36.6
5 Tommy Docherty 303 142 46.8
6 Claudio Ranieri 199 107 53.7

Jose also managed his 200th Blues game in all competitions.

The manager’s 50th Premier League home win came against Cardiff in his 64th game.

Mourinho’s record-breaking 77-match unbeaten home Premier League record ended against Sunderland.

Petr Cech has now made Chelsea’s sixth highest number of appearances.

Frank Lampard also became our second all-time highest FA Cup appearance-maker.

Lampard has made the second highest number of career Premier League appearances behind recently-retired Ryan Giggs.

Chelsea managed five successive away clean sheets – equalling our second best all-time club record.

We beat Everton for the 66th time, more than any other club.

Frank Lampard’s 250th club career goal came against Stoke (h). (Chelsea 211, West Ham 38, Swansea 1.)

Samuel Eto’o’s 300th club career goal was in the Tottenham home game. (Leganes 4, Real Mallorca 68, Barcelona 130, Inter Milan 53, Anzhi Makhachkala 36, Chelsea 8.)

Eto'o scores against Spurs

The 400th win in the Roman Abramovich era (641 games) was achieved against Galatasaray (h).

Our 100th European away game was away v Schalke, and 100th at home was home v Galatasaray.

Performance of the Week Awards (League Managers’ Association): Man City (a), Arsenal (h), Liverpool (a).

Best defence in the Premier League: conceding 27 goals (10 fewer than champions Man City) with 18 clean sheets.

We scored 100 goals scored in all competitions for the 14th time in our history.

Frank Lampard made a Premier League record 18th appearance in an opening-day fixture.

 

Pts
1 Real Madrid 159.485
2 Barcelona 157.485
3 Bayern Munich 154.328
4 Chelsea 140.949
5 Benfica 129.459
6 Man United 128.949
7 Atletico Madrid 119.485
8 Valencia 115.485
9 Arsenal 112.949
10 Porto 105.426
11 AC Milan 98.387
12 Lyon 97.300
13 Inter 95.387
14 Schalke 95.328
15 Borussia Dortmund 82.328
16 Juventus 80.387
17 Paris St-Germain 80.300
18 Shakhtar Donetsk 78.193
19 Tottenham 75.949
20 Basel 75.645
22 Man City 72.949
32 Liverpool 58.949

 

Pld W D L F A Pts
1 Chelsea 12 8 3 1 22 5 27
2 Man City 12 8 1 3 36 16 25
3 Liverpool 12 7 1 4 30 14 22
4 Everton 12 4 3 5 14 16 15
5 Arsenal 12 3 4 5 10 23 13
6 Tottenham 12 2 3 7 7 30 9
7 Man Utd 12 1 3 8 6 21 6

* Points won from games between the teams in the current top seven

Chelsea FC awards

Player of the Year – Eden Hazard.

Players’ Player of the Year – Cesar Azpilicueta.

Young Player of the Year – Lewis Baker.

Goal of the Season – Lewis Baker for Under-21s away to Arsenal.

Special Recognition Award – Paulo Ferreira.

Season statistics summary (all competitions)
Played 57, won 35, drawn 10, lost 12, goals 100, goals against 43, clean sheets 29, failed to score 11.

Total appearances for club(s) and country (first team squad) as at 21 May
Ivanovic 57, Hazard 55, Cahill 54, Oscar 54, Ramires 53, Cech 52, Schurrle 50, Willian 49, Matic 48, Terry 47, Lampard 46, Salah 46, Azpilicueta 45, Eto’o 45, Luiz 41, Mikel 41, Torres 41, Ba 30, Cole 30, Schwarzer 13, Kalas 12, Van Ginkel 11.

Appearances this season including subs (of total 57)
Ivanovic 50, Hazard 49, Cahill 47, Oscar 47, Terry 47, Cech 46, Ramires 46, Azpilicueta 44, Schurrle 43, Willian 42, Torres 41, Lampard 40, Mikel 36, Eto’o 35, Luiz 34, Ba 29, Cole 26, Matic 19, Mata 17, Schwarzer 12, Salah 11, De Bruyne 9, Essien 9, Kalas 4, Van Ginkel 4, Bertrand 3, Lukaku 3, Ake 1, Baker 1, Swift 1.

Appearances this season (of total 57)
Ivanovic 50, Cahill 46+1, Cech 46, Terry 45+2, Hazard 43+6, Ramires 41+5, Azpilicueta 40+4, Oscar 36+11, Willian 33+9, Lampard 32+8, Luiz 29+5, Eto’o 26+9, Cole 24+2, Schurrle 23+20, Torres 23+18, Mikel 19+17, Matic 17+2, Mata 14+3, Schwarzer 11+1, Ba 6+23, Salah 6+5, De Bruyne 5+4, Essien 5+4, Bertrand 3, Kalas 2+2, Van Ginkel 2+2, Lukaku 0+3, Ake 0+1, Baker 0+1, Swift 0+1.

Goals – 100 (16 scorers)
Hazard 17 (5 pens), Eto’o 12, Oscar 11, Torres 11, Schurrle 9, Ba 8, Lampard 8 (1 pen), Ramires 4, Willian 4, Ivanovic 3, own goals 3, Cahill 2, Mikel 2, Salah 2, Terry 2, Azpilicueta 1, Mata 1.
Our record number of scorers in a season is 19 on four occasions.

Assists – 96 (18)
Hazard 13, Oscar 10, Willian 9, Lampard 8, Schurrle 7, Eto’o 6, Ramires 6, Torres 6, Azpilicueta 5, Mata 5, Matic 4, Terry 4, Ba 3, Ivanovic 3, Cahill 2, De Bruyne 2, Luiz 2, Salah 1.
Assists are judged not for the last touch but by the subjective view of the statistican for a crucial part played in the goal.


Aids
– 61 (17)
Oscar 8, Hazard 7, Eto’o 6, Azpilicueta 5, Ramires 5, Willian 5, Luiz 4, Torres 4, Cole 3, Ivanovic 3, Lampard 3, Cahill 2, Terry 2, Lukaku 1, Matic 1, Mikel 1, Schurrle 1.
Aids are for important but not crucial parts played in the goal.


Minutes on pitch
(of total 5,537)
Ivanovic 4,763, Cahill 4,504, Cech 4,369, Terry 4,355, Hazard 4,177, Ramires 3,994, Azpilicueta 3,826, Oscar 3,269, Willian 3,182, Lampard 3,019, Luiz 2,860, Torres 2,398, Cole 2,353, Eto’o 2,280, Schurrle 2,209, Mikel 2,063, Matic 1,661, Mata 1,173, Schwarzer 1,168, Ba 1,028, Salah 588, Essien 473, De Bruyne 454, Bertrand 256, Kalas 198, Van Ginkel 104, Lukaku 74, Ake 14, Baker 6, Swift 5.


Substitutions
– 169
Oscar 26/36, Eto’o 20/26, Schurrle 19/23, Willian 16/33, Hazard 15/43, Torres 13/23, Mata 11/14, Lampard 10/32, Mikel 5/19, Ramires 5/41, De Bruyne 4/5, Ba 4/6, Salah 4/6, Cole 3/24, Azpilicueta 3/40, Van Ginkel 2/2, Essien 2/5, Luiz 2/29, Bertrand 1/3, Matic 1/17, Terry 1/45, Cech 1/46, Ivanovic 1/50, Kalas 0/2, Schwarzer 0/11, Cahill 0/46.
On one occasion Ramires came on as a substitute and was replaced.


Unused substitutes
– 230
Schwarzer 44, Cole 20, Mata 14, Kalas 13, Mikel 12, Essien 11, Ba 10, Azpilicueta 9, Cahill 9, Lampard 9, Luiz 8, De Bruyne 7, Eto’o 7, Schurrle 7, Hilario 6, Willian 6, Torres 5, Oscar 4, Salah 4, Terry 4, Van Ginkel 4, Ake 3, Blackman 3, Cech 3, Baker 2, Bertrand 2, Hazard 1, Ivanovic 1, Lukaku 1, Ramires 1.


League appearances
(of total 38)
Ivanovic 36, Cech 34, Terry 34, Hazard 32+3, Cahill 29+1, Ramires 29+1, Azpilicueta 26+3, Oscar 24+9, Lampard 20+6, Willian 18+7, Torres 16+12, Eto’o 16+5, Schurrle 15+15, D Luiz 15+4, Cole 15+2, Matic 15+2, Mikel 11+13, Mata 11+2, Salah 6+4, Ba 5+14, Schwarzer 4, Essien 2+3, De Bruyne 2+1, Kalas 2, Bertrand 1, Lukaku 0+2, Van Ginkel 0+2, Ake 0+1, Swift 0+1.

League goals – 71
Hazard 14 (4 pens), Eto’o 9, Oscar 8, Schurrle 8, Lampard 6 (1 pen), Ba 5, Torres 5, Willian 4, Ivanovic 3, Salah 2, Terry 2, own goals 2, Cahill 1, Mikel 1, Ramires 1

UEFA Super Cup appearances (of total 1)
Cahill 1, Cech 1, Cole 1, Hazard 1, Ivanovic 1, Lampard 1, D Luiz 1, Oscar 1, Ramires 1, Schurrle 1, Torres 1, Lukaku 0+1, Mikel 0+1, Terry 0+1.

UEFA Super Cup goals – 2
Hazard 1, Torres 1.

UEFA Champions League appearances (of total 12)
Ivanovic 11, Terry 11, Willian 10+1, Cahill 10, Cech 10, Azpilicueta 9+1, Lampard 9+2, Oscar 9+1, Ramires 9+1, Hazard 8+1, D Luiz 7+1, Schurrle 5+5, Eto’o 5+4, Torres 5+4, Cole 5, Mikel 4+3, Schwarzer 2+1, Ba 1+5, Mata 1+1, Van Ginkel 1, De Bruyne 0+3, Kalas 0+1.

UEFA Champions League goals – 19
Torres 4, Ba 3, Eto’o 3, Hazard 2 (1 pen), Ramires 2, Cahill 1, Lampard 1, Oscar 1, Schurrle 1, own goal 1.

FA Cup appearances (of total 3)
Cahill 3, Eto’o 3, D Luiz 3, Hazard 2+1, Oscar 2+1, Ramires 2+1, Willian 2+1, Azpilicueta 2, Cole 2, Ivanovic 2, Matic 2, Mikel 2, Schwarzer 2, Cech 1, Essien 1, Lampard 1, Schurrle 1, Torres 0+2, Ba 0+1, Baker 0+1, Salah 0+1

FA Cup goals – 3
Oscar 2, Mikel 1.

Capital One Cup appearances (of total 3)
Azpilicueta 3, Cahill 3, De Bruyne 3, D Luiz 3, Schwarzer 3, Willian 3, Essien 2+1, Bertrand 2, Eto’o 2, Mata 2, Mikel 2, Cole 1, Lampard 1, Schurrle 1, Torres 1, Van Ginkel 1, Ba 0+3, Ramires 0+2, Hazard 0+1, Kalas 0+1, Terry 0+1

Capital One Cup goals – 5
Azpilicueta 1, Lampard 1, Mata 1, Ramires 1, Torres 1.

Hat-tricks – 3
Eto’o (Man Utd h), Hazard (Newcastle h), Schurrle (Fulham a).

Hazard


Penalties won
– 8
Eto’o 2, Oscar 2, Hazard 1 (handball), Ramires 1, Salah 1, Torres 1.

Penalties scored – 6
Hazard 5 (West Brom h, Newcastle h, Tottenham h, Arsenal h, PSG a), Lampard (West Ham a).

Penalties missed – 2
Lampard 2 (McGregor, Hull h, saved to his right; Begovic, Stoke h, saved to his right.)

Penalties conceded – 2
Azpilicueta 1, Eto’o 1.


Penalties faced
– 2
Schwarzer 2.


Penalties saved
– 0


Penalties missed target
– 0

Clean sheets – 29
Cech 22, Schwarzer 7+1.

Captain – 57
Terry 45, Lampard 6, Essien 3, Cech 2, Cole 1.

Woodwork – 33
Oscar 4, Schurrle 4, Ivanovic 3, Terry 3, Ba 2, Luiz 2, Ramires 2, Torres 2, Azpilicueta 1, Cahill 1, Eto’o 1, Hazard 1, Lampard 1, Mata 1, Matic 1, Oscar 1, Salah 1, Willian 1, Chambers (Southampton) against own post 1.
Most in one game Man City PL a – 3.

Opponents’ strikes on woodwork – 10
Adrian (Atletico Madrid h), Baines (Everton a), Delph (Aston Villa a), Inan (Galatasaray a), Jerome (Crystal Palace a), Jovetić (Man City FAC), Koke (Atletico Madrid h) Long (West Brom h), Paulinho (Tottenham a), Sakho (Liverpool h).

Own goals – 3
Luna (Aston Villa h), Georgievski (Steaua Bucharest a), Bardsley (Sunderland PL a).

Chelsea own goals – 3
Azpilicueta (Cardiff a), D Luiz (PSG a), Terry (Crystal Palace a).

Opponents’ red cards – 4
Chico (Swansea a, two yellow cards), Gibbs (Arsenal h, denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity. The FA later overturned due to mistaken identity for Oxlade-Chamberlain), Kaboul (Tottenham h, denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity), Vidic (Man Utd h, serious foul play).

Red cards – 4
Ramires 2 (Bayern Munich SC, 2 yellows, Aston Villa a, serious foul play), Torres 1 (Tottenham a, 2 yellows), Willian 1 (Aston Villa a, 2 yellows).

Abused – 128
Hazard 19, Ramires 13, Azpilicueta 9, Torres 9, Ivanovic 8, Willian 8, Oscar 6, Schurrle 5, Mata 4, Essien 3, Eto’o 3, Luiz 3, Cole 2, Mikel 2, Salah 2, Terry 2, Ba 1, Cahill 1, Lampard 1, Matic 1, other 26 (9 time-wasting, 8 dissent, 5 excessive celebration, 3 diving, 1 handball).
Incidents suffered leading to an opponent being booked or sent off.
Most in one game West Brom h 7. Fewest: Man Utd a, Everton a, Fulham h, Steaua Bucharest a, Arsenal LC a, West Ham a, Swansea h, Stoke h, Liverpool a 0.


Yellow cards
– 97
Ivanovic 12, Ramires 12, D Luiz 11, Lampard 7, Mikel 7, Cahill 5, Essien 5, Oscar 5, Willian 5, Matic 4, Terry 4, Torres 4, Cole 3, Azpilicueta 2, Hazard 2, Schurrle 2, Ba 1, Cech 1, De Bruyne 1, Eto’o 1, Lukaku 1, Salah 1, Van Ginkel 1.
Most in one game Bayern Munich Super Cup (including second yellow leading to red) 8. Fewest: Hull h, Fulham h, Schalke h, West Ham a, Stoke FAC h, Newcastle h, Arsenal h, Stoke h 0.

Domestic yellow cards – 66
Ramires 9, Ivanovic 8, Luiz 8, Essien 5, Lampard 4, Matic 4, Mikel 4, Oscar 4, Terry 3, Torres 3, Willian 3, Azpilicueta 2, Cahill 2, Hazard 2, Cole 1, De Bruyne 1, Eto’o 1, Salah 1, Schurrle 1.

Champions League yellow cards – 25
Ivanovic 3, Lampard 3, Mikel 3, Ramires 3, Cahill 2, Luiz 2, Willian 2, Ba 1, Cech 1, Cole 1, Oscar 1, Schurrle 1, Terry 1, Van Ginkel 1.

Super Cup yellow cards – 6
Cahill 1, Cole 1, Ivanovic 1, Luiz 1, Lukaku 1, Torres 1.

Games missed through suspension – 17
Ramires 9 (Basel h, Liverpool h&a, Arsenal h, Crystal Palace a, Stoke h, PSG h, Norwich h, Cardiff a), Ivanovic 2 (Sunderland LC a, Atlético Madrid a), Essien 1 (Arsenal a), Lampard 1 (Atlético Madrid h), Luiz 1 (Southampton a), Mikel 1 (Atlético Madrid h), Torres 1 (Norwich a), Willian 1 (Arsenal h).

Games missed through injury or illness – 136
Van Ginkel 41, D Luiz 12, Kalas 11, Bertrand 10, Cole 8, Eto’o 8, Torres 8, Cech 5, Hazard 5, Terry 5, Lampard 4, Oscar 4, Ivanovic 3, Mikel 3, De Bruyne 2, Willian 2, Ba 1, Blackman 1, Hilario 1, Schurrle 1, Schwarzer 1

Games missed through internationals – 1
Van Ginkel 1.

Games missed through ineligibility – 12
Matic 6, Salah 6 (both cup-tied in Champions League).

Penalty shoot-out scores – 4
Cole 1, Lampard 1, Luiz 1, Oscar 1.

Penalty shoot-out misses – 1
Lukaku 1.

Penalty shoot-out saves – 0

Penalty shoot-out concessions – 5
Cech 5.

Opposition penalty shoot-out misses – 0

Golden Boot (total 267 goals)
Goals scored in first team, U21s, U19s and U18s competitive games.
Solanke 20, Baker 18, Hazard 17, Swift 15, Eto’o 12, Feruz 11, Kiwomya 11, Oscar 11, Torres 11, Brown 10, Gnahore 9, Palmer 9, Schurrle 9, Ba 8, Boga 8, Lampard 8, Colkett 7, C Musonda 6, Abraham 5, own goals 5, Ramires 4, Willian 4, Ake 3, Christensen 3, G Cole 3, Dabo 3, Houghton 3, Ivanovic 3, Kandi 3, McEachran 3, Brady 2, Cahill 2, Clarke-Salter 2, Mikel 2, Mitchell 2, Mukhtar Ali 2, Salah 2, Ssewankambo 2, Terry 2, Azpilicueta 1, Christie-Davies 1, J Dasilva 1, Davey 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Mata 1, Ugbo 1.

Loan players’ statistics (as at 22 May)
Apps Goals/Clean Sheets
Atsu (Vitesse Arnhem) 29+1 5
Bamford (MK Dons) 29+1 17
Bamford (Derby) 14+8 8
Bertrand (Aston Villa) 16 0
Chalobah (Nottm Forest) 7+5 2
Chalobah (Middlesbrough) 15+4 1
Clifford (Royal Antwerp) 1+3 0
Courtois (Atlético Madrid) 55 28 cs
Cuevas (Vitesse Arnhem) 0 0
Cuevas (FC Eindhoven) 14+1 1
Clifford (Yeovil) 1 0
Davila (Cordoba) 19+12 5
Delac (FK Vojvodina) 18 6 cs
Delac (FK Sarajevo) 7 4 cs
T Hazard (Zulte Waregem) 52+1 17 (6 pens)
Hutchinson (Vitesse Arnhem) 1+2 0
Hutchinson (Sheffield Wed) 8+2 1
Kakuta (Vitesse Arnhem) 2+12 3
Kakuta (Lazio) 0+2 0
Kane (Blackburn) 24+4 2
Lalkovic (Walsall) 24+7 6
Lukaku (Everton) 31+2 16
Marin (Sevilla) 14+16 2
McEachran (Watford) 6+2 0
McEachran (Wigan) 7+4 0
Moses (Liverpool) 9+13 2
Omeruo (Middlesbrough) 14 0
Pappoe (Colchester) 0+2 0
Perica (NAC Breda) 6+20 6
Piazon (Vitesse Arnhem) 26+5 11 (3 pens)
Pirez (Leganes) 4+13 1
Romeo (Valencia) 14+3 0
Saville (Brentford) 37+7 4
Traore (Vitesse Arnhem) 7+8 3
Van Aanholt (Vitesse Arnhem) 34 5
Walker (Colchester) 28 7 cs
Wallace (Inter) 1+3 0
Zouma (St Etienne) 7+5 0

Chelsea loan players’ appearances against Chelsea – 2
Courtois 2.

Chelsea loan players’ clean sheets against Chelsea – 1
Courtois 1.

Former players’ appearances against Chelsea
Borini 3, Alex 2, Drogba 2, Johnson 2, Parker 2, Sidwell 2, J Cole 1, Cork 1, Duff 1, Robben 1, C Cole 0+1, Na Bangna 0+1, Sturridge 0+1.

Former players’ goals against Chelsea
Borini 2 (1 pen).


Former players or managers in charge of opposition sides
Mark Hughes (Stoke) 3, Gustavo Poyet (Sunderland) 3, Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool) 2, Andre Villas-Boas (Tottenham) 1, Steve Clarke (West Brom) 1.

Total appearances including subs
Lampard 648, Terry 621, Cech 478, Cole 338, Mikel 313, Ivanovic 269, Ramires 196, Torres 172, Luiz 143, Cahill 111, E Hazard 111, Oscar 111, Azpilicueta 92, Bertrand 57, Ba 51, Moses 43, Schurrle 43, Willian 42, Hilario 39, Eto’o 35, Romeu 33, Matic 22, McEachran 22, Kakuta 16, Marin 16, Lukaku 15, Schwarzer 12, Salah 11, Van Aanholt 8, Ake 7, Hutchinson 6, Kalas 4, Van Ginkel 4, Piazon 3, Baker 1, Swift 1.

Total appearances
Terry 595+26, Lampard 593+55, Cech 477+1, A Cole 325+13, Ivanovic 253+16, Mikel 243+70, Ramires 172+24, D Luiz 131+12, Torres 117+55, Cahill 105+6, E Hazard 92+19, Azpilicueta 83+9, Oscar 79+32, Bertrand 42+15, Hilario 35+4, Willian 33+9, Moses 27+16, Eto’o 26+9, Romeu 24+9, Ba 23+28, Schurrle 23+20, Matic 17+5, Schwarzer 11+1, McEachran 7+15, Salah 6+5, Kakuta 5+11, Marin 5+11, Lukaku 4+11, Van Aanholt 3+5, Ake 3+4, Hutchinson 2+4, Kalas 2+2, Van Ginkel 2+2, Piazon 2+1, Baker 0+1, Swift 0+1.

Current top goalscorers
1. Lampard 211 (49 pens)
2. Terry 57
3. Torres 45 (1 pen)
4. E Hazard 30 (8 pens)
5. Ramires 27
6. Ivanovic 25
7. Oscar 23 (1 pen)
8. Ba 14
9. Eto’o 12, Luiz 12 (2 pens)
11. Cahill, Moses 10
13. Schurrle 9
14. Cole 7
15. Mikel 4, Willian 4
17. Bertrand 2, Salah 2
19. Azpilicueta 1, Marin 1, Romeu 1 (pen), Van Aanholt 1

The Pre-Match Briefing Special Mentions

Metaphor of the season: The ‘little horse who needs milk and needs to learn how to jump. Maybe next season we can race.’ – Stable management under returning manager José Mourinho.

Marking the occasion: Spoiling Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th game with a cheeky half-dozen past Szczesny. (Chelsea, of course, also spoiled his 500th match with a 1-0 win.)

For balance: ‘Can’t blame anybody but Szczesny could have done better in 2nd 4th 5th and 6th goals’ – Arsenal fan on Twitter.

Foursie: The spectacular new Matthew Harding End banners celebrating England’s only full set of UEFA trophies.

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Hipster: Bearded Ashley Cole’s Hoxton-style homage to Teddy Pendergrass.

Retirement plans: ‘Carragher, Liverpool. Thompson, Liverpool. Redknapp, Liverpool. Neville, Manchester United… We don’t have one. When I retire, 75 years old, I go as a pundit to defend Chelsea on television’ – José Mourinho on the TV analysis of Chelsea’s victory over Liverpool at the Bridge.

Take a bow, son: Lew Baker’s back-heeled goal of the season against Arsenal.

Little Things: ‘Bamford again!’ – the text from Jose Mourinho that One Direction’s Derby-supporting Niall Horan showed to on-loan Patrick Bamford.

Little big man: Young Chelsea fan Oran Tully meeting his hero John Terry in Sky Sports’ Christmas ‘My Special Day’ programme.

Meilleur ami: ‘Many people complain that it was too defensive, but being good defensively is an art – and it was a masterpiece.’ = Frank Leboeuf on Chelsea’s winning performance at Liverpool.

Creepiest ‘good luck’ message ever: PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic sneaking up behind Jose Mourinho after our 2-0 Champions League victory.

Manning up: Twenty-year-old Czech centre-back Tomas Kalas excelling in his first start for Chelsea at Liverpool.

Phantom of the Kopera: Liverpool parading ‘ghost goal’ man Luis Garcia during our incontestable 2-0 win at Anfield.

Chelsea fans’ chants: ‘Steven Gerrard – he’s done it again’ (after the Liverpool player’s mistake led to another crucial Chelsea goal at Anfield) and the Willian song, of course.

They paid his flight; but Willian, he saw the light: ‘The best thing to do is to do the medical in secret’ – Jose Mourinho advises Spurs how to avoid a repetition.

Gone but never forgotten: former striker Tony Hateley (1941-2014).

Saving Private Kieran: Oxlade-Chamberlain dives full length to palm away a shot going wide, but Gibbs takes the rap and is dismissed.

260: The number of games elapsed between John Mikel Obi’s second and third goals for Chelsea; another soon after meant he netted just one fewer than Steven Gerrard from open play this season.

3,534: Days Jose Mourinho’s proud home record at the Bridge lasted, starting 15 August 2004.

3,343: Days trophyless endured by Arsene Wenger and Arsenal.

Scoreline: Chelsea 10 North London 0.

Scorer: Demba Ba. PSG, Liverpool, and immortality in song.

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