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.
The second month of the season included a couple of defeats but, much more memorably, a unexpected goalscorer…
Samuel Eto’o made his bow for the Blues in the first game of September, but in a frustrating afternoon on Merseyside we lost 1-0 to Everton, spurning a number of chances along the way.
Our first Champions League football for nine months began well when Oscar drove us in front at home to Basel, but two second half goals, including one from future Blue Mohamed Salah, stunned the Bridge. It finished 2-1 to the Swiss side.
Before our home game with Fulham there was an opportunity for John Terry and Frank Lampard to catch up with former teammates Damien Duff, Scott Parker and Steve Sidwell. It looks like Duff has cracked a funny joke here!
After two consecutive defeats we returned to winning ways against the struggling Cottagers. Oscar gave us a second-half lead before the extraordinary happened – John Mikel Obi scored. His technique to volley home from a corner was excellent, with the crowd and the players reacting with equal jubilation at the Nigerian’s first ever league goal.
Our Capital One Cup campaign began before the month was out. A first trip to Swindon since their Premier League days resulted in a second straight 2-0 victory. Here, Fernando Torres is pictured giving us the lead from close range.
The travelling Blues watch on in the game’s dying moments. The final scoreline was comfortable but the evening was marred by a serious injury to Marco van Ginkel. Happily, the young midfielder was able to feature for our Under-21 side before the season was up, also making the first team bench.
At White Hart Lane, Jose Mourinho and his former assistant Andre Villas-Boas watch on from the dugouts as opposition managers.
We trailed to a first-half Gylfi Sigurdsson strike but an improved performance after the break was capped by a trademark John Terry header. A late red card for Fernando Torres didn’t alter the result, so a wonderfully contested London derby ended with the spoils shared.