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 reach an eventful and fruitful last month of the season…
David Luiz is buried under a pile of bodies after scoring another magnificent goal in our 3-1 Europa League semi-final second leg win over Basel, the result securing a place in the final against Benfica in Amsterdam.
Juan Mata wheels away in delight after scoring the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win at Manchester United, putting us in a strong position in the race to finish in the top four.
Our annual Asian Star competition took place at Cobham over the May Bank Holiday weekend, with over 400 youngsters taking part.
Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas greets John Terry ahead of our London derby against Tottenham Hotspur. The Blues led twice on the night but were pegged back on both occasions, the game ending 2-2.
Ramires celebrates putting us 2-1 ahead against Spurs shortly before the break. Oscar’s opener had earlier been cancelled out by Emmanuel Adebayor, while Gylfi Sigurdsson stole a point for the visitors late on.
Having drawn level with Bobby Tambling in the club’s all-time scoring charts moments earlier, Frank Lampard made history by surpassing Tambling’s record in the away game at Aston Villa. To cap a memorable day all round, his brace helped secure a pivotal 2-1 win after we had fallen behind early on. The three points all but ensured a place in next season’s Champions League competition.
Lampard celebrates breaking the record in front of the travelling Chelsea faithful at the final whistle.
With the Europa League final delicately poised at 1-1 and on the verge of extra-time, Branislav Ivanovic popped up at the death to win us the trophy, meeting Juan Mata’s corner and sending a looping header into the far corner.
Ivanovic, who missed the Champions League final through suspension a year earlier, naturally couldn’t contain his delight after scoring.
Victory in our final game, against Everton, would guarantee finishing third. Fernando Torres popped up with the winner late on after Juan Mata’s early opener had been cancelled out.
As the players completed their traditional end-of-season lap of appreciation, the microphone was handed to long-serving Paulo Ferreira, who addressed the crowd as his Chelsea career came to an end.