In the summer of 2012, Chelsea Football Club were fresh off arguably their most successful season in club history, despite finishing sixth in the Barclays Premier League. "The Blues" were recently crowned Champions of Europe, beating German powerhouse Bayern Munich on their home field in the Champions League Final in dramatic fashion.
With Chelsea's success in Europe came expectations of a club turnover in the summer. Club owner Roman Abramovich was expected to overhaul the aging Chelsea lineup with newer, fresher and younger players.
After appointing fan favorite Roberto Di Matteo as the permanent manager, new signings such as Eden Hazard, Oscar and Cesar Azpilicueta came to West London to join Frank Lampard, David Luiz and Petr Cech to bring even more success to Stamford Bridge.
After a grueling season in which Chelsea played an unimaginable 69 games, Chelsea had a reasonably successful season with their new signings leading the way.
Despite Di Matteo being sacked in November, Chelsea managed to see off London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham to secure third place in the English Premier League, propelling themselves to a Champions League group-stage spot next season, as well as winning the Europa League in thrilling fashion over Benfica.
It was a long, grueling and emotional season. Read on to see what the five most important games of Chelsea's 2012-13 season were.