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Chelsea: All-time best XI

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Chelsea have been blessed with many talented footballers over the decades.

This is my best-ever, most spectacular, all-blue starting line-up.

Formation : 4-1-2-1-2

Goalkeeper : Petr Cech

Cech is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the last 10 years.

His imposing physique, his fast reflexes and ability to command his area, have made him the most successful keeper in the Blues' history.

He has made 428 appearances with the club since 2004.

Right-back: Ron Harris

The London-born defender was known for his wince-inducing tackles and his uncompromising attitude.

"Chopper" has the record of 795 appearances with Chelsea, an amount that hardly will ever be passed. He played successfully for both as a central-defender and a right-back throughout his career.

Centre-back: John Terry

A captain and talisman, John Terry has been a rock-like presence in the Stamford Bridge for well over a decade, having made 578 appearances.

He may lack of agility, but he's making up for, with his leadership and reading of the game. Terry has won three Premier League titles and the 2011 Champion's League, making him the most honoured captain in the club's history.

Centre-back: Marcel Desailly

Desailly provided a formidable strong game for the Blues for about six years. Known as "The Rock", he is best remembered for his driving forward from the deep and his commanding presence in the defensive line.

He celebrated an FA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup of 1998 during his spell at the Stamford Bridge.

Left-back: Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole is one of the best wing-backs of his generation.

A reliable defender and an attacking contributor, he has played 316 games for Chelsea - and has won one Premier League title, one Champions League title and a Europa League title.

Defensive-midfielder: Claude Makelele

Makelele had the talent of breaking up attacks in front of the defence with the sort of effortlessness, that made people think he wasn't really doing much of anything.

He was a leading presence in Chelsea's midfield for five years, having made 217 appearances for the London side.

Central-midfielder: Dennis Wise

A aggressive and highly-competitive player and character, for whom Sir Alex Ferguson once said: "[he is] able to start a fight in an empty room".

Dennis Wise was Chelsea's captain for many years and is one of the most beloved figures in the club's history.

Central-midfielder: Frank Lampard

Lampard is the all-time top scorer of Chelsea with 204 goals, even though he plays as a box-to-box midfielder.

An absolutely iconic figure of a player for the London side - who with his phenomenal ability to read and control any game he plays in and his all-encompassing range of passing and shooting, has wore the Blues' shirt 612 times and is regarded as one of the best midfielders of the past 20 years at least. 

Attacking-midfielder: Gianfranco Zola

Zola was armed with supreme intelligence, technique, free-kick specialism, dribbling skills, and was an unholy terror to the opposition.

He played 312 times in the blue shirt of the London team, in which he celebrated two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup Winner's Cup of 1998. He is considered to be one of the club's most talented players ever.

Centre-forward: Peter Osgood

Nicknamed “The King of Stamford Bridge” by the hordes of Chelsea fans who idolised him, Peter Osgood was the star player of the Blues side of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

He scored 105 goals in 289 appearances during his huge spell at the Stamford Bridge, next to where he is the only player in their history to have a statue erected at the ground.

Centre-forward: Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba was the Blues’ go-to man for every big occasion, as he holds the incredible goalscoring record in major finals, finding the net in four FA Cup Finals, three League Cup finals and, of course, the 2012 Champions League Final, where he gave Chelsea their first and only Champions League.

The Ivorian will certainly be remembered as a legend in the Stamford Bridge.


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