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The centre-back position is one that serves as the backbone of any football team, yet one which does not get the credit that it deserves. The following are arguably the best three Chelsea centre-backs since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.
Not many will argue against the fact that John Terry was one of the greatest English defenders of the modern generation. JT is truly a Blues legend and spent 19 years on the Blues first-team roster.
Terry helped the Blues to defy the odds to win five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, one Champions League and one Europa League. At the twilight of his career, Terry joined Aston Villa, where he is now assistant manager to Dean Smith. JT’s influence is such that those reading betting guides on how-to.bet know that although they lie 19th in the Premier League table, Villa still represent good value to avoid relegation this term.
These leadership qualities make Terry a shoo-in for a future Premier League manager, and in the eyes of the vast majority of Chelsea fans, Terry will always be “the captain, the leader and the legend”.
Having to succeed John Terry as captain of the Blues was never going to be an easy task, but Cahill did it well. Even though Terry was officially club captain during the 2016/17 season, Cahill was the captain for the majority of the campaign as JT was a bit-part player at that stage of his career. Cahill captained the club to the Premier League during that season and helped them to win the FA Cup the following season.
Cahill arrived at the Blues from Bolton Wanderers in 2012 and he helped the club to win two Premier League titles, two FA Cups, one League Cup, one Champions League as well as two Europa League titles. Terry left the Blues last summer and linked up with Crystal Palace after he fell down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge. Some will argue that his departure from the Bridge could have been better.
During his heyday, Carvalho was regarded as one of the best defenders in the world. Always reliable on the ball, he helped Chelsea to win three Premier League titles and two FA Cups before leaving the team to join Real Madrid in 2010.
The Portuguese had spells at Monaco and the Chinese Super League before calling time on his career in 2018, and he is now the assistant manager at Marseille.
The following players were signed by Chelsea and had been expected to hit the ground running. Unfortunately, all failed to contribute much at all to the club and did not even show glimpses of good form over a sustained period of time, unlike other signings considered flops on the whole, such as Fernando Torres.
Drinkwater is probably the worst Chelsea signing in the modern era. His career peaked during the 2015/16 season when he helped Leicester City to win the Premier League title. Drinkwater moved to the Blues during the summer of 2017 for a fee of £35 million. He was quickly deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge and has made just 12 Premier League appearances for the club, which he is unlikely to add to. Drinkwater had an unsuccessful spell with Burnley in an attempt to revitalize his career and is currently on the books of Aston Villa on loan. He has yet to sparkle for the Villans, who are considered a safe option for relegation for those creating football accumulators.
Marin caught the world’s attention during the 2010 World Cup as he delivered some promising displays for Germany in South Africa. Marin earned a move to Chelsea in 2012 from Werder Bremen and was dubbed as the next Arjen Robben. During his first season with the Blues, he made just six Premier League appearances for the club and it became evident that he was not a fit at Stamford Bridge. He then had four unsuccessful loans and his career never really took off. The 31-year-old is currently playing for Al Ahly in Saudi Arabia.
The DR Congo international joined Chelsea as a teenager in a controversial transfer from Lens in 2007. Kakuta was impressive for the Blues reserve team and the club’s former midfielder Michael Ballack heralded him as a future star. Kakuta never quite progressed and had six unsuccessful loan spells during his time with the Blues. He has turned out to be a journeyman footballer.
The last few weeks have been full of uncertainty, but one thing is for sure: football is not going to be the same again. Europe’s top five leagues are likely to be even more uneven playing fields than they are currently and the gap between the so-called “elite clubs” and those that are languishing in mid-table and in the lower half of the standings will only widen.
Olivier Giroud’s contract with Chelsea is due to expire at the end of the current season and the Frenchman is widely expected to leave the club. The 33-year-old has been restricted to a bit-part role this season and will want to play for a club which can offer him regular game time next season.
Former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has reflected on his exit from Stamford Bridge and admitted that he was at odds with some of the players from the club.
Surprising signings happen in the world of football. Odion Ighalo ended up joining Manchester United on loan during the January transfer window from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua which surprised many. Even though the Nigerian had decent success with Watford between 2014-2017, he was never really viewed as being a player who could play for an elite club.
The following are two players who joined Chelsea under surprising circumstances.
The Australian joined Chelsea during the summer of 2013 on a free transfer from Fulham when he was 40-years-old. Schwarzer at the time was past his peak. He had been one of the most respected keepers in the Premier League following lengthy spells with Middlesbrough and Fulham.
Schwarzer was brought to Stamford Bridge as cover for then Blues first-choice keeper Petr Cech. He played four times in the league during that season as Chelsea won the Premier League title. He deputised for Cech during a Champions League game against Steaua Bucuresti in December 2013 and in the process became the oldest player to debut in the Champions League at 41-years and 65 days.
Schwarzer was released from the Blues at the end of that season. Surprisingly though, he did not retire. He joined Leicester City on a one season deal and whilst he did not make a single competitive appearance for the Foxes, they went on to win the Premier League during that season.
Olivier Giroud joined Chelsea in January 2018 from Arsenal. The Frenchman was past his peak at the time but it was a win-win situation for both clubs. Chelsea at the time were short of quality up front with Alvaro Morata struggling to find the back of the net.
Giroud was struggling to earn first-team minutes for the Gunners and needed to play as much as possible in order to win selection to the French team for the 2018 World Cup. In the end, the striker was included in the Les Bleus World Cup squad and he helped them to become World Champions in Russia.
Chelsea’s right-backs have perhaps received less credit than they’ve deserved throughout the century so far. The following are arguably the club’s three greatest right-backs since the Stamford Bridge revolution of 2003 when Roman Abramovich bought the club and transformed it into one of the best in England.
One man whose position is potentially under-threat at Stamford Bridge is Chelsea first-choice goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Former Chelsea skipper John Terry has revealed that he actually desired to be left out of the Chelsea squad during his last season at the club in order to try and ensure that Nathan Ake received first-team opportunities.
Chelsea were linked with the signature of Lewis Dunk during the summer transfer window, according to a report published by The Sun. Due to their transfer ban last summer, the Blues were never expected to challenge for major trophies this season. Instead, this campaign was all about rebuilding the club and allowing the younger players from the squad to gain more experience.
The rumour mill has been linking Kepa Arrizabalaga with a move away from Chelsea for some time now; reports that have intensified further after the Spaniard was once again dropped to the bench in favour of 38-year-old Willy Caballero ahead of the Blues’ Premier League fixture with Man United.
Chelsea are interested in signing West Ham defender Issa Diop, according to reports. The Blues remain in the hunt for a top four finish this season but will need to make reinforcements at the end of the season if they want to challenge for major silverware in the future. Frank Lampard is working with a talented young side at the moment but he will need to make reinforcements to the squad if he wants to transform it into one of the best in the league and in Europe.
Diop has been one of the Hammers best players for a while
The 23-year-old Diop joined the Hammers from Toulouse during the summer of 2018 and has been one of the club’s best players ever since. The club last struggled last season under the guidance of Manuel Pellegrini but the 23-year-old was one of its most consistent performers. One could even argue that he is too good to be playing for the East Londoners who are very inconsistent.
With a big physique, one of Diop’s strengths is that he is often able to out-muscle opposition attackers. He has good tackling and interception skills and could add good depth to Chelsea’s defensive options, which include Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma. Tomori and Zouma started the season as Chelsea’s first choice defensive partnership. Christensen is linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge whilst Rudiger has spent a large portion of the season out injured.
Whilst Tomori is developing into a fine talent, he is still inexperienced and Zouma tends to blow hot and cold in terms of his performances. Adding Diop to the Chelsea roster would be a smart move by Lampard and the player may even be available for a bargain fee next summer if West Ham do end up getting relegated.
Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain believes that his spell with Chelsea was not that bad. The Argentine joined the Blues in January 2019 on a short-term loan deal. He arrived at a time during which the Blues were struggling to get goals up front. Alvaro Morata had been struggling for form whilst Olivier Giroud was always relied upon as a back-up option and never really viewed as someone to lead the line for the club on a regular basis.
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has hinted that his breakthrough at the club has been years in the making. The youngster has been ever-present for the Blues this season and has managed to establish himself as a first-team regular for the West Londoners.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes that his side can take plenty of positives from their 2-1 defeat against Manchester City on Saturday. The result meant that the Blues recent good run of form came to an end. They can however still hold their heads eye as they were largely competitive against the reigning Champions of England. The game also proved that they are pretty much capable of being competitive against any top side in the World. Prior to this season, many expected the West Londoners to struggle for a top four finish, let alone be competitive against the best sides.
Former Chelsea and England attacker Shaun Wright-Phillips believes that the Blues are good enough to win the Champions League this season.
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has admitted that players from the England squad are bound to have arguments and disputes with each other. This comes after Joe Gomez and Raheem Sterling were involved in a training bust-up last week which nearly resulted in the duo coming to blows.
Danny Drinkwater could potentially be sent back to Chelsea from Burnley during the January transfer window, according to a report which was published by The Sun. The 29-year-old’s career has undergone a downward spiral since his arrival at Stamford Bridge back in 2017 from Leicester City.
Former Chelsea ace Eden Hazard has revealed that he would love to play under current Blues manager Frank Lampard.
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has revealed that he is keen to learn from Tottenham Hotspur and England star Harry Kane. Abraham and Kane were selected as teammates for England’s most recent squad. Both players went on to find the back of the net during their country’s 7-0 mauling of Montenegro last Thursday. Kane netted a hattrick while Abraham managed to bag his first national team goal during the 84th minute.
Let’s face it, most people thought that Frank Lampard would not succeed as manager of Chelsea when he was appointed to lead the club last summer. Those who doubted the club legend were justified in doing so. He, after all, had to navigate the club through a very difficult period amidst the two window transfer ban and inability to bring in a direct replacement for Eden Hazard, who almost single-handedly guided the club to a top four finish last season.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has admitted that he is unsure about whether his club will make any changes to their squad during the January transfer window.
Chelsea are reportedly lining up moves for two strikers during the January transfer window, according to a report which was published by The Sun. As things stand, the Blues will not be allowed to make any signings during the January transfer window in lieu of their two-window transfer ban. They do however plan to appeal the ban and could be set to make signings if they do so to bolster their squad ahead of the second half of the season.