Top 5 Best Chelsea Moments from the 2013/14 Season
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
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.
4. The Blues Ruin the Reds' Party
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.
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
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
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
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.