Top 5 Best Chelsea Moments from the 2013/14 Season

Rachel Bascom@@Rachel_BascomContributor IIIMay 12, 2014

Top 5 Best Chelsea Moments from the 2013/14 Season

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    Chelsea's 2013/14 season has finally come to a close, and it finished with very little fanfare—a 2-1 win against Cardiff rounding off a season that has been somewhat of a mixed bag.

    Had you told Chelsea fans after last season that they would finish third in the Premier League table and reach the semifinals of the Champions League, with almost the same personnel as last year, it is probably an outcome that most would grudgingly take.

    Having watched the season play out, however, there is a feeling that something much bigger just slipped out of their grasp. The title race was close until the bitter end, and the Champions League trophy was only two wins away.

    Nevertheless, there were many reasons to cheer at Stamford Bridge this year. Instead of dwelling on the disappointments, let's focus on some of the highlights.

    Here are the best five moments from Chelsea's 2013/14 campaign. 

5. Jose Mourinho Returns to Stamford Bridge

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    It was the moment for which all Chelsea fans have been praying since Jose Mourinho left Stamford Bridge.

    On the first matchday of the Premier League season, The Special One was welcomed back to the club with open arms and a deafening roar.

    "It's my dugout, my stadium, my people," he stated before the match, via BBC, and he showed it with a 2-0 victory over Hull on the day. 

4. The Blues Ruin the Reds' Party

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    Had Chelsea not been all but out of the title race at this point, this victory would have mattered much more.

    As it stands, it will still be a memory that Chelsea fans will savour.

    All it took was a slip from Steven Gerrard—and a goal by Demba Ba—and Liverpool's hopes of a Premier League title were dashed in an instant.

    This 2-0 victory was important in keeping Chelsea's slim title hopes alive, but it also took them to an almost perfect record against top-four opposition, and established the club as a continuing threat for next year.

    The added bonus for Chelsea fans was the opportunity this gave them to spoil the party for Liverpool, who were then in first place—a club that has become one of their fiercest rivals in recent years. 

3. Victory at the Etihad

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    This year's title race was one of the most closely fought in recent history.

    Back at the beginning of February, it seemed as though anyone could walk away with it by the time May arrived.

    However, the favourites were probably Manchester City, who had yet to lose at home in the Premier League at that point.

    That all changed once Chelsea arrived at the Etihad Stadium on the third day of the month.

    Branislav Ivanovic scored a brilliant goal, and Chelsea went home winners, ending Man City's 11-match home winning streak and drawing level on points.

    As with the last moment, had Man City not still won the league, this might have been higher on the list. As it is, it was still a defining moment in Chelsea's season, and set the bar for an exciting new era with Jose Mourinho. 

2. Demba Ba Downs PSG

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    After a disappointing night in Paris, Chelsea left themselves with a mountain to climb in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain.

    Needing two goals without reply, it was looking grim at 1-0 late in the second half.

    However, with just three minutes of regular time remaining, forgotten striker Demba Ba managed to get a toe to the ball in the box to tip it around the PSG 'keeper and score the goal that would put Chelsea through to their seventh Champions League semi-final. 

1. Arsenal Get a Thrashing

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    Not long after defeating fellow London rivals Tottenham by four goals, Chelsea faced Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in March.

    The Premier League title race was still wide open, and though Arsenal were on a downward spiral, this match was still seen as a huge fixture for both teams.

    That made it all the sweeter when Chelsea stormed to a humiliating 6-0 victory that cemented their title hopes and effectively ended Arsenal's.

    Other results on this list have been slightly devalued as a result of this season's final standings, but this one stands alone as a memorable win, regardless of how the season turned out.

    Chelsea fans are unlikely to forget this match any time soon, and they will be keen not to let Arsenal forget it either.