The official Chelsea website takes a look back at the 2012/13 season through images taken over the course of the campaign, capturing the action as it unfolded, including goals scored, team celebrations, supporters’ reactions and behind-the-scenes shots.
It was a season which saw the Blues play an astonishing 69 matches, and with no shortage of moments to reflect on, we begin today with August…
Fernando Torres scored our opening goal of the season, pouncing on a loose ball to give us the lead against Manchester City in the FA Community Shield at Villa Park. Unfortunately, however, City fought back and raced into a 3-1 lead before Ryan Bertrand scored a late consolation.
The Blues opened the league season in confident fashion, winning 2-0 at the DW Stadium against Wigan Athletic. Eden Hazard starred on his debut for the club, laying on the opening goal for Branislav Ivanovic before winning a penalty moments later which was duly converted by Frank Lampard.
A young Chelsea mascot shakes hands with the Reading players ahead of our first home game of the season. His meeting above with Pavel Pogrebnyak saw one of the smallest people inside the stadium come face-to-face with arguably the biggest.
Having taken an early lead in the game, Reading hit back and went 2-1 in front. Goals from Gary Cahill and Fernando Torres, though, put us back in control, before Branislav Ivanovic secured the points right at the death with a simple tap-in following a quick break.
Ahead of our home game against Newcastle United, new signings Victor Moses and Cesar Azpilicueta were introduced to the Stamford Bridge crowd for the first time, with both players going on to have productive debut seasons at the club.
A wonderful team performance saw the Blues run out comfortable 2-0 winners against Alan Pardew’s side, although it could have been more. Fernando Torres broke the deadlock midway through the first half with a stunning strike, and Eden Hazard doubled our lead with his first goal for the club from the spot.
Cobham played host to our first Community Day of the season at the end of August, where a group of young, terminally and seriously ill Chelsea fans came down to the training ground to meet the players. Arranged through various charities, the group of nine and their carers were able to watch the first team in training before coming face-to-face with their heroes.
Having won the Champions League the previous season, we had a chance to claim the UEFA Super Cup when we faced Atletico Madrid in Monaco. Sadly, it was a night to forget as we were beaten 4-1, with Radamel Falcao scoring a hat-trick for the Spanish side.