Chelsea's team of the decade according to statistics

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Chelsea have enjoyed arguably their best decade in history.

The Blues have won 10 trophies in the 2010s, including three Premier League titles.

They were also able to win the Champions League for the first time in their history as they dramatically overcame Bayern Munich in 2012.

So, as the decade comes to a close, who has excelled the most in a Chelsea shirt in the past 10 years?

WhoScored.com have crunched the numbers and calculated their best XI of the decade.

And there's a few big surprises...

*Only stats from Premier League and European games have been included. Players who played less than 70 games for Chelsea this decade have been excluded.

GK: Petr Cech (206 appearances) - 6.91

Cech makes the side ahead of both Thibaut Courtois and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Czech goalkeeper averaged a clean sheet every two matches and conceded 0.89 goals-per-game this decade.

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RB: Branislav Ivanovic (281 appearances) - 7.15

Ivanovic has gone down as one of the best attacking right-backs in Premier League history.

The Serbian defender scored 26 times this decade and was a rock at the back during his stint.

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CB: David Luiz (189 appearances) - 7.11

Luiz was and still is a rash defender but he was statistically better than Gary Cahill this decade.

The Brazilian defender helped Chelsea to the Champions League in 2012 and played a huge role as the club won the Premier League in 2017.

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CB: John Terry (242 appearances) - 7.03

Surprisingly, despite his advancing years, Terry was rated lower than Luiz this decade.

The Englishman captained Chelsea to much success until his departure in 2017.

Terry was incredible defence but also had a knack for scoring: he notched 26 times in the Champions League and Premier League this decade.

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LB: Marcos Alonso (113 appearances) - 7.21

Alonso has only been at the club since 2016, but he's made his mark in his three-year stint.

The Spaniard made the left wing-back role his own during Chelsea's Premier League triumph in the 2016/17 season.

Known for his threat from set-pieces, Alonso has recorded 28 goal contributions in 113 appearances.

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RM: Florent Malouda (102 appearances) - 7.30

Perhaps surprisingly, Malouda has been statistically Chelsea's second best player in the past 10 years.

The Frenchman scored 25 goals and registered 16 assists for the Blues this decade before leaving the club in 2013.

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CM: Frank Lampard (158 appearances) - 7.27

Lampard just had to make the side.

The best goalscoring midfielder in the Premier League era notched 62 goals and recorded 24 assists this decade.

He left in 2014 as arguably the greatest player in Chelsea's history.

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CM: Nemanja Matic (135 appearances) - 7.27

Matic actually had the same rating as Lampard this decade.

The Serbian midfielder became one of the best defensive midfielders in the world at Stamford Bridge.

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LM: Eden Hazard (283 appearances) - 7.64 rating

Hazard was easily Chelsea's best player this decade.

Signed from Lille in 2012, Hazard recorded 93 goals and 62 assists in the Premier League and Champions League for Chelsea this decade.

Despite leaving for Real Madrid in the summer, Hazard will always remain well thought of by Chelsea supporters.

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ST: Didier Drogba (124 appearances) - 7.21 rating

Drogba played his best football for Chelsea in the noughties but he still contributed heavily for Chelsea this decade.

He was influential as Chelsea won the Premier League in 2010 and then cemented himself as a Chelsea legend with his performance in the 2012 Champions League final.

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ST: Diego Costa (104 appearances) - 7.28 rating

Just imagine Drogba and Costa partnering each other with both of them in their prime. They would be unstoppable.

The Spaniard played three seasons for Chelsea and scored 54 times in 104 European and Premier League appearances.

Premier League defenders would have been happy to see the back of him when he left in 2017.

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Notable omissions:

N'Golo Kante - 7.13

Kante has arguably been the best defensive midfielder in the world for the past three seasons, but he misses out on a place in the team to Matic.

Juan Mata - 7.21

Mata won Chelsea's player of the season two years running before being sold by Jose Mourinho.

Ashley Cole - 6.99 

Cole was a sublime left-back but can't compete with the statistics compiled by Alonso.

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What a team. The fact that players like Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kante and Cole don't make the side just goes to show how good Chelsea have been this decade.

With Lampard at the helm and a multitude of talented youngsters at the club, Chelsea will be hoping for even more success in the next 10 years.

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