The official Chelsea website takes a look back at the 2013/14 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.
We start with August, and a very special manager’s first game back in charge of the Blues…
Jose Mourinho returned to the home dugout at Stamford Bridge for the first time since September 2007 in our opening day 2-0 win over Hull. The manager’s return was met with a thunderous roar from the crowd as he emerged from the tunnel to greet the excited home support.
There was celebration on the pitch, too. Oscar gave us an early lead before Frank Lampard thumped in an unstoppable 30-yard free-kick that dipped and swerved past Allan McGregor, the Hull keeper. We had begun the season with a win.
At half-time during our second game of the season – against Aston Villa three days later – newly-crowned world champion boxer Darren Barker paraded his IBF Middleweight title around the Stamford Bridge turf. The long-term Chelsea supporter had defeated Daniel Geale in Atlantis City the previous weekend.
With a tight game locked at 1-1, Branislav Ivanovic rose highest in a crowd to power a header into the bottom corner and send us top of the league, albeit having played a game more than most.
Our first away game of the season took us to Old Trafford, where both defences were on top. Here, John Terry rises above Wayne Rooney in a game of few chances. It finished goalless.
Our Europa League triumph in May had earned us a second consecutive crack at the UEFA Super Cup. Under the watchful eye of Jose Mourinho, the players stretch the day before the game, played against Bayern Munich in Prague.
The repeat of the 2012 Champions League final began brilliantly for the Blues. A flowing counter-attack finished off by Fernando Torres gave us an early lead, before Frank Ribery levelled for the European champions. Extra-time followed when the teams shared another goal apiece, so just like in Munich 15 months before, the trophy would be decided by a penalty shoot-out.
Petr Cech and Manuel Neuer chat before the spot-kicks are taken. In the end only Romelu Lukaku’s penalty was not scored meaning it was Bayern that lifted the trophy.