Chelsea FC: Ranking the Blues Most Important Players

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Chelsea FC: Ranking the Blues Most Important Players
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Instead of words like “Champions League,” “Radamel Falcao” and “first place,” Chelsea fans will need to get comfortable using words like “Europa League,” “Demba Ba” and “third or fourth place” over the next five months.

But it’s not the end of the world Blue bloods.

A little over halfway through the English Premier League season, and almost a week into the new calendar year, the Blues have shown both flashes of brilliance and some real pause for concern in their play in the league, as well as throughout the various tournaments.

Here are my top 17 Chelsea players—one more than former manager Roberto Di Matteo’s now famous jersey number and in reverse order for your mouse-clicking pleasure—in terms of their importance to the club now and moving forward into the immediate future.

This is not a ranking of the players’ performances on the pitch or of their statistical success, although those factors were taken into consideration in my final ranking.

(No celery stalks were harmed in the creation of this slideshow.)

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