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An All-Time Chelsea Best XI
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OK, we know that's the flag, but who's in the team?

It’s a question that has been posed in many a pub along the Fulham Road: Who would you pick for Chelsea’s Greatest XI?

Now, finally, we have the answer. Or, rather, we have an answer—from me. Yes, this is my best-ever, most sensational, absolutely fantastic, all-time totally-blue football team.

Perhaps I should explain at this point that I have been watching Chelsea for a long time, having attended my first game at the Bridge with my father way back in 1971 (a 4-1 thrashing of West Brom, since you ask). So, I like to think I know my David Lee from my David Luiz, my Micky Hazard from my Eden Hazard and my Peter Nicholas from my Nicolas Anelka.

In case you’re wondering, I’ve only considered players for my Greatest XI from among those I’ve seen in action over the last 40 years. However, I have found space on my substitutes’ bench for one player from a slightly earlier era. You might well be able to guess who that is.

But which 11 players make my starting lineup? Let the slideshow reveal all...  

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