Chelsea's 10 Best Goals of the 2013/14 Premier League Season

Garry Hayes@@garryhayesFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2014

Chelsea's 10 Best Goals of the 2013/14 Premier League Season

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    For all the criticism of Chelsea as an attacking force this season, Jose Mourinho's Blues still hit 71 goals in the Premier League, the third highest return of any team in English football's top-flight behind Manchester City and Liverpool.

    Eden Hazard led the way with his 14 goals, while Samuel Eto'o wasn't too far behind with nine.

    Of those 71 goals, though, which was the best?

    Academy graduate Lewis Baker was awarded with the Chelsea Goal of the Season at this week's Player of the Year awards for his wonder goal against Arsenal in an Under-21s game (view it on YouTube).

    As that goal doesn't qualify, we've taken it upon ourselves to rank Chelsea's top 10 goals in the 2013/14 Premier League season. Enjoy.

10. Samuel Eto'o vs. Arsenal

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    Chelsea thumped Arsenal 6-0 at Stamford Bridge in March, with Samuel Eto'o taking just five minutes to get the Blues up and running with this well-taken effort.

    Olivier Giroud had come close for the Gunners just seconds earlier and after Petr Cech made an excellent save, Chelsea hit Arsenal on the counter.

    Andre Schurrle drove at the defence before Eto'o used all his guile to peel off his marker and make room wide right. Upon receiving the ball from his teammate, the Cameroon striker cut inside to bend the ball into the far corner, leaving Wojciech Szczesny with no chance.

    It was a fitting goal to get the Blues on their way to an excellent win.

9. Oscar vs. West Ham United

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    West Ham United may have frustrated Chelsea when they recorded a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in January but a couple of months earlier the Blues had comfortably dismantled them 3-0 in the league.

    That evening at Upton Park, Oscar was in fine form and proved a real menace to the Hammers.

    He had already won the penalty that Frank Lampard calmly dispatched to open the scoring, but Oscar wasn't content—he wanted to get in on the act.

    And he did, in classy fashion.

    Linking up well with Eden Hazard on 34 minutes, Oscar's one-two with the Belgian found him in plenty of space outside the box where he unleashed a perfectly struck shot low to the goalkeeper's right.

    It was a well-taken goal, but the build-up was just as impressive.

8. Eden Hazard vs. Sunderland

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    Like West Ham United before them, Sunderland are another of the Premier League's strugglers to have frustrated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this term.

    Yet, just like the Hammers, when the Blues faced Gus Poyet's men on their own patch, it proved a different story.

    At the Stadium of Light in early December, Eden Hazard put in one of his finest performances in a Chelsea shirt to help his team record a 4-3 victory.

    The Belgian was unstoppable, scoring twice and also assisting Frank Lampard.

    Of his two goals, Hazard's first was remarkable, cutting in from the wing to smash his effort across Vito Mannone and into the far corner.

    He was off balance and leaning back at the time, yet Hazard still managed to control the strike to score what was a fabulous effort.

7. Branislav Ivanovic vs. Manchester City

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    Not one team had taken points from Manchester City at home in the Premier League this season when Chelsea traveled to the Etihad Stadium in February.

    Thanks to Branislav Ivanovic, that soon changed.

    The Blues put in a remarkable performance against City, one defined by tactical discipline and skill.

    Jose Mourinho was lauded for his tactics on the night, but the real hero was Ivanovic, whose reactive effort flew past Joe Hart just before the interval to give Chelsea a 1-0 lead.

    It's how the game remained, too, to give Chelsea a major boost in the title race.

6. Willian vs. Stoke City

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    Leading 2-0 with just 18 minutes remaining, Chelsea were cruising their way to three points against Stoke City in early April.

    That fact shouldn't take away from how special Willian's goal was that afternoon, putting Chelsea 3-0 ahead.

    After a slow start to his Chelsea career, the Brazilian has become a key member of Jose Mourinho's team and this goal showed it.

    Receiving the ball on the edge the box, all it took was a quick change of pace, switching possession to his right foot before whipping it around the goalkeeper.

    Asmir Begovic dived to save it, but it was merely for show as he stood little chance.

5. Eden Hazard vs. Newcastle United

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    Jack Wilshere's memorable goal for Arsenal against Norwich City this season has been rightly lauded by many, with the Englishman completing a fine team move.

    Eden Hazard's second against Newcastle United in February may not have been as fancy, but it remains as impressive.

    The Belgian scored a hat-trick that day, with this strike sandwiched between his magnificent opener and a penalty.

    Driving at the Newcastle defence, he made this look easy, playing a simple one-two with Samuel Eto'o before being put through on goal, catching Tim Krul off guard with a first-time shot.

    It was exactly what we've come to expect from Chelsea's Belgian wizard.


4. Andre Schurrle vs. Stoke City

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    Andre Schurrle scored eight goals in his debut Premier League campaign and this effort against Stoke City in December was the pick of the bunch.

    To some onlookers, it appears Schurrle did nothing more than smash a hopeful effort on goal. It was much more than that.

    Juan Mata's in-swinging free-kick was only half cleared by the Stoke defence, finding Schurrle on the edge of the area.

    Most players would snap at the ball in the situation Schurrle found himself in, with the majority firing high and wide of the goal. Not Chelsea's German.

    There was plenty of power in his shot, but he equally caressed the ball, placing it exactly where he wanted to give the goalkeeper little chance of keeping it out.

    It was a sublime finish.

3. Eden Hazard vs. Liverpool

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    Samuel Eto'o may have scored the winner against Liverpool when the teams met at Stamford Bridge this season, but come the final whistle, it was Eden Hazard's equalizer that every fan was talking about.

    Chelsea's usual suspects in midfield—Willian, Oscar and Hazard—had all linked up well in attack, putting Oscar free to run at the Liverpool defence.

    He soon found himself in a cul-de-sac, though, and when he attempted to release Eto'o out wide, his pass was blocked.

    The chance wasn't over, however, with Mamadou Sakho's block ricocheting into Hazard's path. With one look at goal, he curled a splendid shot beyond Simon Mignolet to put Chelsea level at 1-1.

2. Eden Hazard vs. Newcastle United

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    Build-up, teamwork and execution—this goal had it all to open the scoring against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge in February.

    Eden Hazard was in one of those moods against Alan Pardew's side and they were powerless to stop him.

    It took 27 minutes for Hazard to score the first of his hat-trick and it was the best of the lot.

    Dropping into the hole, he received the ball midway inside the Newcastle half. Spotting Branislav Ivanovic on the right, he released the Serbian, continuing his run unmarked.

    When Ivanovic found him just inside the box, free of a marker, the game was up for Newcastle and Hazard twisted his body to fire home a spectacular goal.

1. Willian vs. Norwich City

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    Back in October, Chelsea fans were still trying to figure out whether Willian was worth the £30 million their club had paid for him in the summer.

    The Brazilian's performances had been far from what we would witness in the latter stages of the campaign, but this goal gave us all an insight to his talents.

    Just 60 seconds earlier, Eden Hazard had put Chelsea 2-1 up with five minutes of the game remaining and Willian made sure of the result with a stunning curler that gave John Ruddy no chance in goal.

    Ramires had been tackled on the edge of the box, unintentionally giving Willian a moment of space and that was all he needed, hitting his shot first time across the goalkeeper and into the top far corner.

    It was his first Chelsea goal and what a way to get it.