The official Chelsea website is taking 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, today we focus on October…
Our first Champions League away game of the season saw us travel to Denmark to take on Nordsjaelland. In training the night before the game, John Terry swapped defensive duties for a stint in between the sticks, although just how much of a threat he was to Petr Cech is a subject for debate.
The game itself saw the Blues run out comfortable 4-0 winners in the end, although the home side had been impressive during the first half. Having taken the lead through Juan Mata, David Luiz doubled our advantage with a magnificent, dipping free-kick which clipped the post and flew into the back of the net.
The success of both the Olympics and Paralympics in London last summer was celebrated when Chelsea-supporting members of Team GB were presented to the crowd ahead of our home match against Norwich City. They were given a deserved, wonderful ovation by the Stamford Bridge faithful.
Here is a shot of Ashley Cole, Eden Hazard and Frank Lampard just before kick-off in a game we went on to win 4-1 having fallen behind early on to a Grant Holt goal. Both Hazard and Lampard were on the scoresheet.
Any Chelsea goal at White Hart Lane is well received, but Gary Cahill’s opener in our 4-2 victory against Tottenham Hotspur will live long in the memory. In a thrilling encounter, we came from 2-1 down to win 4-2, with Juan Mata netting a brace and Daniel Sturridge adding a fourth right at the death.
The Chelsea players defend a Tottenham free-kick as the home side look to threaten.
Two days after that memorable win in north London, we headed to Ukraine to take on Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. On a disappointing night, however, we were beaten 2-1 by the home side.
The first of five games over the course of the season against Manchester United ended with the Blues, who were reduced to nine men, losing 3-2. After going 2-0 down early in the game, we fought back through goals from Juan Mata and Ramires, but Javier Hernandez scored from close-range to win the game for the visitors.
Three days later Man United were the visitors to west London once more, this time in the Capital One Cup, and the Chelsea supporters watched on enthralled as the game swung back and forth, with the Blues eventually progressing courtesy of a 5-4 win after extra-time.