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2013–14 Chelsea F.C. season

Chelsea
2013–14 season
Chairman Bruce Buck
Owner Roman Abramovich
Manager José Mourinho
Stadium Stamford Bridge
Premier League 3rd
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Fifth round
UEFA Champions League Semi-finals
UEFA Super Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League:
Eden Hazard (14)
All:
Eden Hazard (17)
Highest home attendance 41,623 vs West Bromwich Albion (9 November, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 38,059 vs Basel (18 September, UEFA Champions League)

The 2013–14 season was Chelsea Football Club's 100th competitive season, 24th consecutive season in the top flight of English football, 22nd consecutive season in the Premier League, and 108th year in existence as a football club. Chelsea participated in the UEFA Champions League this season, qualified directly for the group stage by virtue of finishing third in the 2012–13 Premier League, and reached the Semi-finals stage, being knocked out by Atletico Madrid. Chelsea came third in the Premier League for a second successive season, thus again qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage. Chelsea ended their 2013–14 campaign without a trophy, a first since the 2010–11 season. Their league performance however, 82 points, was the best one since the 2009–10 season.

Month by month review

June

Jose Mourinho returned as Chelsea's manager in June 2013.

On 3 June, Chelsea announced that former manager José Mourinho had been appointed as the new manager for the 2013–14 season. He signed a four-year contract with the Blues, up to the end of the 2016–17 season. He was re-united with former squad members John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, John Obi Mikel, Petr Čech, Henrique Hilário and Michael Essien whom he brought back from his loan spell at Real Madrid. Mourinho also brought three coaching staff members with him to Stamford Bridge in Rui Faria, Silvino Louro—both of whom had worked at Chelsea under Mourinho's previous tenure—and José Morais. Mourinho was officially announced to the media on 10 June and took charge of the team on 1 July for the pre-season.[1] One of Mourinho's first games was against Barcelona rival Pep Guardiola as he managed 2012–13 UEFA Champions League winners Bayern Munich in the 2013 UEFA Super Cup at the Eden Arena in Prague.[2] In Mourinho's first official interview back, he referred to himself as "The Happy One" in regards to his appointment as the new Chelsea manager, having called himself "The Special One" during his first tenure.[3]

On 13 June, Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen reached an agreement for the transfer of André Schürrle, subject to the completion of legal documentation and related matters, including personal terms and passing a medical.

Following the release of the 2013–14 Premier League fixtures, Mourinho's first match in charge since his return was at home against Hull City. Chelsea then faced a trip to Old Trafford for David Moyes' first home game as Manchester United manager. The Blues will finish their campaign away to Cardiff City. During his first spell in charge at Chelsea, Mourinho was unbeaten in 60 league home games.[4][5]

On 21 June, the club announced a contract extension with Adidas that will see them supply the club kits until 2023.[6][7] This deal means that Chelsea, along with Arsenal, hold the record for the biggest shirt deal in the history of the Barclays Premier League, valued at £300 million.

Chelsea completed the signing of André Schürrle for a fee of around £18.75 million. Schürrle became Mourinho's first signing since returning to the club, signing a five-year deal. He is the first player to wear the number 14 shirt since Claudio Pizarro in 2007–08.[8][9]

Blackburn[11] and Brentford, respectively. Whislt Thibaut Courtois will remain on loan at Atlético Madrid for at least another season.[12]

A number of players were released by the club; Yossi Benayoun, Florent Malouda, who joined Trabzonspor in Turkey, Ross Turnbull, who signed for Doncaster Rovers, and several youth prospects that failed to live up to expectation. Paulo Ferreira retired from football after several years at the club and Jeffrey Bruma was sold to PSV Eindhoven for £2.5 million.

July

Chelsea signed midfielder Marco van Ginkel from Dutch club Vitesse for an undisclosed fee, but a reported £8 million deal. The 20-year-old signed on a five-year deal and was Chelsea's second signing of the summer. Van Ginkel won the 2012 Dutch Football Talent of the Year.[13][14]

Chelsea also announced the signing of former Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, on a free transfer. After having two bids rejected for Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy, Mourinho decided to sign Mark Schwarzer as back up for Petr Čech.[15][16] Oriol Romeu left Chelsea to go on loan at Valencia for the entirety of the season, while West Bromwich Albion youngster Isaiah Brown was signed for around a quarter of a million pounds. Mourinho won his first game back as Chelsea boss after overseeing a 1–0 friendly victory over the Singha All-Stars on 17 July in Chelsea's first leg of their Asian tour in Bangkok. A few days later, on 21 July, Chelsea won the second leg of their Asian tour with a 4–1 victory over a Malaysian XI in Shah Alam. On 23 July, Chelsea announced the signing of Cristián Cuevas from Chilean club O'Higgins.[17]

Chelsea rounded off their Asian tour with an 8-1 demolition of the BNI Indonesia All-Stars in Jakarta on 25 July.

A number of young players were sent on loan to gain first-team experience; Zulte-Waregem in Belgium renewed for the season.

August

On 1 August, Chelsea announced that senior reserve goalkeeper Henrique Hilário had signed a new one-year deal after his contract had expired in June.[18] Another youngster was signed, teenage Croatian striker Stipe Perica. Eighteen-year-old defender Nathan Aké signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea, he made six appearances for the Blues last season.

Chelsea recorded a comfortable 2–0 victory over Internazionale in Round 1 of prestige exhibition tournament the International Champions Cup on 1 August in Indianapolis, Indiana. Chelsea registered another win in their Round 2 fixture three days later on 4 August, once again a comfortable 2–0 victory, this time over Internazionale's cross-town rivals Milan in New York City. On 7 August, Chelsea lost their perfect pre-season record after they were defeated in the International Champions Cup final by Real Madrid in Miami, losing 3–1.[19] Chelsea won their final game of pre-season in a 2–1 victory over Roma in Washington, D.C., on 10 August. This marked the end of a largely successful pre-season for Chelsea, registering wins over Italian top flight opposition in Inter, Milan and Roma, whilst comfortably defeating three Asian sides.

Yet again, more youngsters were sent on loan and in keeping with Chelsea's special relationship with Vitesse, newly-signed Chilean youngster Cristián Cuevas and Lucas Piazon were sent on loan to the Dutch side[20] whilst Jhon Pirez will spend another season out on loan at third division Spanish outfit Leganés. Promising young full-back Wallace was sent on loan to Internazionale and newly-signed striker Stipe Perica joined NAC Breda.

On 18 August, Mourinho won his "second" first competitive game in charge of Chelsea with a 2–0 victory over Hull City. Despite Frank Lampard's early penalty miss, Oscar gave Chelsea the lead, poking the ball under the onrushing Allan McGregor after a sumptuous passing move. A superb 35-yard free kick from Lampard sealed the win before the half-hour. The victory meant that Mourinho's Chelsea were unbeaten at Stamford Bridge in 61 league games.[21] Chelsea continued their strong home form under Mourinho with a narrow 2–1 win over Aston Villa on 21 August. An own goal by Antonio Luna opened the scoring after Brad Guzan's save from an Eden Hazard shot rebounded off of him and into the net. Villa later equalised through a quickfire shot from Christian Benteke inside Petr Čech's near post, but after 73 minutes, Branislav Ivanović connected with Lampard's free kick to head home the winner.[22] On 28 August, it was confirmed that Chelsea had signed Willian for £30 million from Anzhi Makhachkala. Tt was reported that Roman Abramovich used his Russian connections and called the Anzhi owner to convince him to join even though he had already completed a medical for Tottenham Hotspur.

In their final game before their UEFA Super Cup clash with Bayern Munich, Chelsea were held by Manchester United to a dour 0–0 draw at Old Trafford on 26 August. Just before Chelsea were drawn in the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League group stage, they announced the signing of Samuel Eto'o from Anzhi Makhachkala in a deal believed to be around £2 million.[23][24] Chelsea were drawn in Group E alongside Schalke 04, Basel and Steaua București. Last season, Chelsea defeated Steaua and Basel on their way to the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League title.

On 30 August Chelsea were beaten in the UEFA Super Cup by Bayern Munich on penalties at the Eden Arena in Prague. The match was a tense encounter largely dominated by Bayern, but Chelsea were dangerous on the break, opening the scoring through a fantastic strike from Fernando Torres, who was set up by André Schürrle, who had received the ball from Eden Hazard following a mazy run. Bayern equalised through a sweetly-struck shot by Franck Ribéry inside Petr Čech's near post. With five minutes left, Ramires was sent off for a second bookable offence leaving Chelsea to face extra-time with ten men.[25] Early in the first half of extra-time, Hazard put Chelsea ahead after beating two Bayern defenders and wrong-footing Manuel Neuer. Chelsea managed to hold on until the final five seconds after spending much of extra-time camped in their own 18-yard box, but Javi Martínez broke their hearts putting the ball past Čech after a deflection carried it into his path. During the penalty shoot-out, all the players on both sides scored their penalties up until Chelsea's final penalty taker, Romelu Lukaku, hit a tame penalty that was saved by Neuer, thus sealing the win for Bayern.[26]

Position at the end of August
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
2 Chelsea 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage

September

Chelsea announced the signing of Porto winger Christian Atsu for a reported £3.5 million. The 21-year-old was sent to Chelsea's partner club Vitesse, who have been sent many young Chelsea players for development in recent years, on a season-long loan.[27][28] On the final day of the transfer window, Victor Moses and Romelu Lukaku joined Merseyside clubs Liverpool and Everton, respectively, on season-long loans whilst Ulises Dávila was sent to Córdoba in Spain. Later in the month, young English players Nathaniel Chalobah and Josh McEachran were sent on loan to Nottingham Forest and Watford, respectively, until the turn of the year.[29][30]

On 14 September, Mourinho suffered the first defeat of his "second coming" as Chelsea were defeated 1–0 by Everton through a Steven Naismith header in first-half stoppage time after an impressive defensive display by the Merseyside club at Goodison Park. Four days later, Chelsea suffered a shock defeat by Basel in their opening group game in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea opened the scoring just before the interval through a tidy finish by Oscar from eight yards out, though two quickfire goals for Basel in the last 15 minutes from Mohamed Salah and Marco Streller condemned Chelsea to their first-ever loss in an opening group game of the Champions League.[31]

Chelsea won their following fixture in the Premier League on 21 September after a four-game winless streak and two game losing streak in all competitions against Fulham. The two-nil victory was secured by two close-range finishes by Oscar and John Obi Mikel respectively, the latter being a staggering surprise, as Mikel had not scored for Chelsea since 2007 and became the source of many jokes between Chelsea fans.

After two well-worked goals from Fernando Torres and Ramires, Chelsea comfortably defeated Swindon Town in their League Cup third round tie on 24 September[32] to set up a trip to the Emirates to face local rivals Arsenal.[33] Four days later, Chelsea faced another local rival in Tottenham Hotspur. The game ended all square with Tottenham going in front through a Gylfi Sigurðsson goal in the 19th minute, and the Chelsea equaliser coming from a Juan Mata set piece which that headed in by Chelsea captain John Terry in the 65th minute. A controversial moment in this game involving Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Torres resulted in the latter being sent off for a second bookable offence for a perceived elbow into Vertonghen's face, replays suggest there was little, if any contact.

Position at the end of September
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
5 Chelsea 6 3 2 1 7 3 +4 11 2014–15 UEFA Europa League Play-off round

October

On 1 October, Chelsea convincingly defeated Steaua București in Romania 0–4 in their second Champions League group game. The rout was started with a tap-in from Ramires, followed by a saved Samuel Eto'o shot rebounding off a defender's shin for a second. In the second half, Ramires completed a brace with a strong shot into the near post after impressive wing-play by André Schürrle and Frank Lampard finished Steaua off with a trade-mark goal, a low shot from 18 yards skimming in off the base of the far post. Chelsea won their third game in a row by defeating Norwich City 1–3 at Carrow Road on 6 October. Chelsea went ahead in the fourth minute through an 18-yard strike from Oscar, though they were pulled back in the 68th minute by an Anthony Pilkington header before Eden Hazard scored the winner from a quick counter-attack, the win was sealed with a spectacular finish from Willian, scoring his first for Chelsea.

Chelsea continued their fine form, beating Cardiff City 4–1 on 19 October, their third consecutive win in all competitions. Cardiff opened the scoring through Jordon Mutch, capitalising on a David Luiz mistake, however Chelsea dominated the game from there on in, with two goals from Eden Hazard and high quality finishes from Samuel Eto'o and Oscar completing the rout. This victory preserved Chelsea's perfect home league record. Three days later, Chelsea earned three valuable points after defeating Schalke 04 3–0 in their third Champions League group game, with Fernando Torres scoring a brace and Eden Hazard scoring late on through an impressive solo effort.

On 27 October Chelsea faced Manchester City, an important game for both sides looking to continue strong league forms. The match was a tense encounter in which Fernando Torres played superbly, netting a late winner following a defensive mix-up after setting up André Schürrle for Chelsea's first. Manchester City equalised through Sergio Agüero early in the second half, however they could not hold on for a point.

A Chelsea containing ten changes defeated Arsenal in the Fourth Round of the League Cup, with a goal in each half from Spaniards César Azpilicueta and Juan Mata.[34] The following day, the Blues were drawn to face either Southampton or Sunderland away in the next round.

Chelsea completed the signing of promising 18-year-old midfielder Bertrand Traoré on a four-and-a-half-year contract. He had previously played for the Blues on the pre-season tour of Asia and scored against the Malaysia Xi and the Indonesia All Stars.[35]

Position at the end of October
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
2 Chelsea 9 6 2 1 16 6 +10 20 2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage

November

An underwhelming Chelsea display ended in defeat by Newcastle United on 2 November, with goals from Yoan Gouffran and Loïc Rémy. In a post-match interview, Mourinho expressed his bewilderment at the result: "I am angry, because I don't understand why after a fantastic run of matches, we lose this game"(BBC MOTD). Chelsea continued their strong Champions League form by defeating Schalke 04 3–0 at Stamford Bridge on 6 November in their fourth group game with a brace from Samuel Eto'o and an acrobatic volley from Demba Ba, thus making it three consecutive wins without conceding a goal.

Three days later, Chelsea drew 2–2 with West Bromwich Albion at home, a last minute Eden Hazard penalty saving the point. On the 23 November, Chelsea returned to winning ways following the international break with a 0–3 win against West Ham United at Upton Park. A brace from Frank Lampard either side of a fine finish from Oscar sealed the win for the Blues and moved them up above Southampton to third.[36] Chelsea again displayed inconsistent form, however, later losing 1–0 to Basel on 26 November without registering a shot on target.

Position at the end of November
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
3 Chelsea 12 7 3 2 21 10 +11 24 2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage

December

Chelsea started December with a home win against Southampton, continuing their strong home form in the league. The Saints took a shock early lead, Jay Rodriguez finding the back of the net with only 13 seconds on the clock. The Blues came back to win through second half goals from John Terry, Gary Cahill and a late goal from substitute Demba Ba.[37] Chelsea's next match saw them defeat a spirited Sunderland side 3–4 in a thrilling, topsy-turvy encounter at the Stadium of Light; yet again the Blues went behind but were able to fight back to get the win following a mercurial display by Eden Hazard, who scored a brace.[38] After three wins on the trot, Chelsea went to the Britannia Stadium looking to close the gap on leaders Arsenal to one point. Having gone 0–1 up through a solo effort from André Schürrle, things seemed to be going well, but Stoke capitalised on a defensive error to go into the break tied at 1–1. A Stephen Ireland goal put the hosts ahead, but not for long as Schürrle scored his third of the season and second of the match, again from outside the area. A draw was looking likely until Oussama Assaidi gave Stoke the full three points with a curling strike from 20 yards out to send Mourinho's men away empty-handed.[39]

Chelsea finished in first place in their Champions League group after beating Steaua București at Stamford Bridge through a solitary Demba Ba goal.[40] They were then subsequently drawn to play Galatasaray in the first knockout round,[41] meaning former legendary forward Didier Drogba will play Chelsea for the first time since leaving the club after the 2012 Champions League Final.[42] Chelsea edged passed Crystal Palace 2–1 following a sublime Ramires strike,[43] to move two points behind Arsenal after they lost 6–3 to Manchester City.[43]

Chelsea travelled to the Stadium of Light for the second time in a month to face Sunderland in the quarter-final of the League Cup. Despite leading for most of the second half through a scrambled Frank Lampard finish (this goal was the first incident to require the use of hawk-eye technology in League Cup history) and barely being troubled by their opponents' attack, a late equaliser from former Chelsea man Fabio Borini pushed the game into extra time, where a 118th-minute winner from Ki Sung-yueng saw Chelsea dumped out of the Capital One Cup.[44] On 23 December, Chelsea faced a tough trip to Arsenal yet they came through it unscathed, drawing 0–0,[45] keeping their first clean sheet since the 3–0 victory over West Ham.[36] On Boxing Day, an Eden Hazard goal granted Mourinho's team a 1–0 win over Swansea City.[46] Chelsea's final game of 2013 ended in a superb victory over Liverpool. Despite going behind after three minutes, goals from Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto'o moved the Blues four points ahead of Liverpool and two points behind leaders Arsenal.[47]

Position at the end of December
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
3 Chelsea 19 12 4 3 35 19 +16 40 2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage

January

Chelsea kicked off 2014 with an impressively comfortable 0–3 away victory against this season's surprise package Southampton. Southampton kept Chelsea at bay until midway through the second half, when Mourinho made a double substitution, taking André Schürrle and Juan Mata off for Willian and Oscar, the latter of whose deflected cross was tapped by Fernando Torres in the 60th minute, and later scored himself in the 82nd minute following a good strike by Willian.

Unbeknownst to all this would be Juan Mata's final Chelsea appearance, reacting angrily to his substitution in the 53rd minute following a mostly poor season, spending most of it on the bench. Over the course of two-and-a-half seasons, Mata made 135 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 33 goals and winning both the Champions League and the Europa League alongside the FA Cup following a highly successful spell at the club, winning the Chelsea the Player of the Year award in two consecutive seasons.

Chelsea began their 2014 FA Cup campaign with a comfortable 2–0 win against second tier side Derby County, managed by former England coach Steve McClaren. Victory came courtesy of a rare John Obi Mikel goal, scoring his second of the season despite not having scored since 2007 before his goal against Fulham in October, followed by an Oscar goal 20 minutes from time that sealed the win. On 11 January, Chelsea won their fourth consecutive league game at the KC Stadium with a 0–2 win over Hull City, with goals from Hazard and Torres.

Chelsea made it five league wins on the trot with an impressive 3–1 home win against Manchester United on January 19, with a Samuel Eto'o hat-trick making the difference. Chelsea progressed to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup with a 1–0 victory over Stoke City, the winner being a superb Oscar free-kick in the first half. Chelsea, however, failed to complete a perfect January as they drew 0–0 to relegation candidates West Ham. Chelsea had 39 shots throughout the game yet failed to score, the first time since the 2003–04 Premier League season that this has happened.[48]

On the final day of the January Transfer Window, Chelsea signed French youngster Kurt Zouma for a reported £12 million from Saint-Étienne. The defender was imminently loaned back to Saint-Étienne for the remainder of the season.[49]

Position at the end of January
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
3 Chelsea 23 15 5 3 43 20 +23 50 2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage

February

Chelsea became the first premier league team to defeat Manchester City and the first team to stop them scoring at the Etihad Stadium all season as a Branislav Ivanović scored after 32 minutes.[50] City had scored 42 goals in 11 games and had not fail to score at home since Birmingham City held them to a 0–0 draw in November 2010.[51] Etihad Stadium While becoming the first team to do the double over City since Everton in the 2010–11 season. The win moved Chelsea level on points with City, yet behind on goal difference, +41 to Chelsea's +24.

On 8 February, Chelsea defeated Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge, 3–0. Eden Hazard scored his first hat-trick for Chelsea, which also saw them go to the top of the table.[52] Chelsea's good February form stuttered as they slipped up to a draw away to West Bromwich Albion[53] and being knocked out of the 2013–14 FA Cup to Manchester City.[54]

Chelsea, however, ended February on a high, as a last minute Frank Lampard free-kick against Everton, 1–0, kept Chelsea top of the table.[55] Additionally, Chelsea finished February in good form as they grabbed a 1–1 draw at 2013 Turkish Champions Galatasaray. Fernando Torres gave Chelsea a vital away goal, before a Aurélien Chedjou goal pulled the Turkish club back into it.[56]

Position at the end of February
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Chelsea 27 18 6 3 49 21 +28 60 2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage

March

Chelsea started March by defeating West London rivals Fulham with 1–3 away at Craven Cottage. In the match, André Schürrle grabbed a second-half hat-trick to move Chelsea four points ahead of both second-placed Liverpool and third-placed Arsenal.[57]

One week later, Chelsea again triumphed in a London derby, defeating Tottenham Hotspur 4–0 home. First, Samuel Eto'o capitalised on a mistake from Jan Vertonghen before Younès Kaboul fouled the Cameroonian and was subsequently sent off, conceding a penalty that Eden Hazard converted. Spurs played the last 30 minutes with ten men, and in the last five minutes, Demba Ba scored twice to triple his goal tally for the season. The win moved Chelsea seven points ahead of second place with the other teams behind having played fewer games.[58]

Chelsea's 14 Premier League unbeaten run came to an end at Aston Villa in controversial fashion. Willian was sent off after two debatable yellow cards, before Fabian Delph scored a superb winner for the Villains. Ramires, however, was sent off for a poor foul on Karim El Ahmadi and Mourinho was subsequently sent to the stands for protesting the red card. Despite the loss, Chelsea still remained four points ahead of nearest rivals Liverpool in the standings.[59]

Three days later, Chelsea became the first English team to progress in the Round of 16 in the Champions League by defeating Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge. An early goal from Samuel Eto'o and a goal two minutes before half time from Gary Cahill sent the Blues to the next round.[60]

Chelsea finished March in disappointment, as they succumbed to defeat at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace, 1–0. John Terry scored an unfortunate own goal after 52 minutes as Chelsea lost top spot for the first time since the beginning of February.[61]

Position at the end of March
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
2 Chelsea 32 21 6 5 62 24 +38 69 2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage

April

Chelsea began April in poor fashion, as they lost 3–1 to Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes leaving their 2013–14 Champions League hopes in the balance. Ezequiel Lavezzi gave PSG the lead after three minutes before Eden Hazard equalised from the penalty spot. However, an own goal from David Luiz and a last minute goal from Javier Pastore will require of Chelsea to score a minimum of two goals at Stamford Bridge in the home leg.[62]

Chelsea moved back to the top of the table as they defeated Stoke City at Stamford Bridge. Goals from new signing Mohamed Salah, Frank Lampard and Willian gave the Blues all three points. Lampard's goal was his 250th of his career, having scored 210 for Chelsea, 39 for West Ham and one for Swansea City.[63]

The second leg of the Champions League quarter-final ended in dramatic fashion, as a last minute goal from Demba Ba sent Chelsea through to the semi-finals at the expense of PSG. Eden Hazard limped off early and was replaced by André Schürrle, who subsequently scored from a long throw-in after 32 minutes before Demba Ba's late goal secured Mourinho's unbeaten record in the Champions League quarter-final stage.[64]

Ba scored his second goal in two games as Chelsea edged past ten-men Swansea 0–1 at the Liberty Stadium.[65]

Mourinho's superb unbeaten home record fell apart on 19 April as Sunderland defeated the Blues 1–2. Despite Samuel Eto'o's early goal, goals from Connor Wickham and a penalty from Fabio Borini left Chelsea five points behind league leaders Liverpool.[66]

Despite a successful 0–0 draw at the Vicente Calderón to Atlético Madrid, major injuries to goalkeeper Petr Čech and captain John Terry meant that Chelsea would finish the season without their captain and second vice-captain.[67]

Ramires was given a four-match suspension for violent conduct during the Sunderland defeat and will subsequently miss the remainder of the season, as well as the first game of the 2014–15 Premier League season.[68]

Chelsea edged closer to Liverpool at the top of the table by defeating them 0–2 at Anfield. Demba Ba capitalised on a Steven Gerrard error to give the Blues the lead in first-half stoppage time before Fernando Torres broke away and set up Willian to send Chelsea two points behind Liverpool.[69]

The Blues crashed out of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League in the second leg of the Semi-Finals to Atlético, 1–3. Fernando Torres gave Chelsea the lead before goals from Adrián, Diego Costa and Arda Turan gave Mourinho a sixth defeat in eight Champions League semi-final appearances.[70]

Position at the end of April
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
2 Chelsea 36 24 6 6 69 26 +43 78 2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage

May

Chelsea all but lost the 2013–14 Premier League title after drawing 0–0 to Norwich City in their second-last game of the season, and their final league season game at home.[71]

Despite a disappointing campaign for the first team, the Chelsea Youth team won the 2013–14 FA Youth Cup. A late Dominic Solanke brace helped the young Blues come from 3–2 down to defeat Fulham 7–6 on aggregate and secure their third title in five years.[72]

Despite a trophyless season Chelsea defeated already relegated Cardiff City 1–2 at the Cardiff City Stadium, goals from André Schürrle and Fernando Torres helped the Blues come from behind to secure a third-place league finish.[73]

Captain John Terry signed a new one-year with Chelsea, securing his services until the end of the 2014–15 Premier League season.[74]

World Cup News

Chelsea left back Ashley Cole retired from international football as he was subsequently left out of the England squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He been capped 107 times for the Three Lions and has represented his nation at three World Cups.[75] Frank Lampard and Gary Cahill, however, were both selected by Roy Hodgson for the England squad.[76]

While Willian were selected for the Brazilian final 23 [79] and midfielder André Schürrle was also selected for Germany.[80]

Chelsea were the most-represented club at the World Cup, providing 18 players, two more than Bayern Munich and Manchester United.[81]

Position at the end of May
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
3 Chelsea 38 25 7 6 71 27 +44 82 2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage

Club

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Manager José Mourinho
Assistant Manager Steve Holland
Silvino Louro
Rui Faria
José Morais
Technical Director Michael Emenalo
Goalkeeper Coach Christophe Lollichon
First Team Fitness Coach Chris Jones
Senior Opposition Scout Mick McGiven
Medical Director Paco Biosca
First Team Doctor Eva Carneiro
Under 21 Team Manager Dermot Drummy
Youth Team Manager Adi Viveash
Academy Manager Neil Bath
Match Analyst James Melbourne

Source: Chelsea F.C.

Other information

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Eugene Tenenbaum


Kit

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Kit information

Adidas have supplied another set of kits for Chelsea in the 2013-14 season.

  • Home: The home kit ditches the gold applications used last season and returns to the traditional blue and white colour scheme. The shirt features a V-neck and subtle pinstripes on the body. The shorts are blue as usual, but the socks bear a large blue band, breaking the tradition of pure white socks that Chelsea wore over the years.
  • Away: For the second season running, Chelsea's away kits were white. The kit was vastly different from the last season though, as it featured a blue and red line on the chest and a navy crew neck. The shirt was combined with white shorts and blue socks.
  • Third: The third kit was an all-black affair with white piping. The black third kit was a relatively sombre kit compared to some of the black away kits the club worn over the years, which featured some sort of graphics on the body.
  • Keeper: The first-choice goalkeeper kit was launched for the 2013-14 season and was mainly yellow with black sleeves, combined with yellow shorts and socks. The dark green outfit and the white/maroon outfit (from 2012 and 2011, respectively) were retained as alternatives.

First team squad

Updated on 23 March 2014.
Squad No. Name Nationality Position(s) Since Date of Birth (Age) Signed from Games Played Goals Scored
Goalkeepers
1 Petr Čech GK 2004 (1982-05-20) 20 May 1982 Rennes 470 0
23 Mark Schwarzer GK 2013 (1972-10-06) 6 October 1972 Fulham 6 0
40 Henrique Hilário GK 2006 (1975-10-21) 21 October 1975 Nacional 39 0
46 Jamal Blackman GK 2006 (1993-10-27) 27 October 1993 Chelsea Academy 0 0
Defenders
2 Branislav Ivanović RB / CB 2008 (1984-02-22) 22 February 1984 Lokomotiv Moscow 257 25
3 Ashley Cole LB 2006 (1980-12-20) 20 December 1980 Arsenal 332 7
4 David Luiz CB / DM 2011 (1987-04-22) 22 April 1987 Benfica 136 12
24 Gary Cahill CB 2012 (1985-12-19) 19 December 1985 Bolton Wanderers 101 11
26 John Terry (C) CB 1998 (1980-12-07) 7 December 1980 Chelsea Academy 609 58
27 Nathan Aké CB / DM 2012 (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 Chelsea Academy 6 0
28 César Azpilicueta RB / LB 2012 (1989-08-28) 28 August 1989 Marseille 79 1
33 Tomáš Kalas CB / RB 2010 (1993-05-15) 15 May 1993 Sigma Olomouc 2 0
Midfielders
7 Ramires CM / RM 2010 (1987-03-24) 24 March 1987 Benfica 179 26
8 Frank Lampard (VC) CM / DM 2001 (1978-06-20) 20 June 1978 West Ham United 639 208
11 Oscar AM / LW / RW 2012 (1991-09-09) 9 September 1991 Internacional 100 23
12 John Obi Mikel DM / CM 2006 (1987-04-22) 22 April 1987 Lyn 303 4
14 André Schürrle RW / LW 2013 (1990-11-06) 6 November 1990 Bayer Leverkusen 30 7
15 Mohamed Salah RW / LW 2014 (1992-06-15) 15 June 1992 Basel 4 1
16 Marco van Ginkel CM / AM 2013 (1992-12-01) 1 December 1992 Vitesse 4 0
17 Eden Hazard AM / LW / RW 2012 (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 Lille 101 28
21 Nemanja Matić DM 2014 (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 Benfica 13 0
22 Willian AM / LW / RW 2013 (1988-08-09) 9 August 1988 Anzhi Makhachkala 30 2
Strikers
9 Fernando Torres ST 2011 (1984-03-20) 20 March 1984 Liverpool 160 44
19 Demba Ba ST 2013 (1985-05-25) 25 May 1985 Newcastle United 41 9
29 Samuel Eto'o ST 2013 (1981-03-10) 10 March 1981 Anzhi Makhachkala 30 11

Source: Chelsea FC website

Premier League squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Petr Čech
2 DF Branislav Ivanović
3 DF Ashley ColeHG1
4 DF David Luiz
7 MF Ramires
8 MF Frank LampardHG1
9 FW Fernando Torres
11 MF Oscar
12 MF John Obi Mikel
14 MF André Schürrle
15 MF Mohamed Salah U21
16 MF Marco van Ginkel U21
17 MF Eden Hazard
No. Position Player
19 FW Demba Ba
21 MF Nemanja Matić
22 MF Willian
23 GK Mark Schwarzer
24 DF Gary Cahill HG1
26 DF John Terry HG2 (Captain)
27 DF Nathan AkéU21
28 DF César Azpilicueta
29 FW Samuel Eto'o
33 DF Tomáš KalasU21
40 GK Henrique Hilário
46 GK Jamal BlackmanU21
  • HG1 = Association-trained player
  • HG2 = Club-trained player
  • U21 = Under 21 Player

Source: 2013–14 Premier League Squad

UEFA Champions League squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Petr Čech
2 DF Branislav Ivanović
3 DF Ashley Cole HG1
4 DF David Luiz
7 MF Ramires
8 MF Frank Lampard HG1 (Vice-Captain)
9 FW Fernando Torres
11 MF Oscar
12 MF John Obi Mikel
14 MF André Schürrle
16 MF Marco van Ginkel
17 MF Eden Hazard
No. Position Player
19 FW Demba Ba
22 MF Willian
23 GK Mark Schwarzer
24 DF Gary Cahill HG1
26 DF John Terry HG2 (Captain)
28 DF César Azpilicueta
29 FW Samuel Eto'o
33 DF Tomáš Kalas
40 GK Henrique Hilario
46 GK Jamal Blackman B
48 GK Mitchell Beeney B
  • B = List B Player
  • HG1 = Association-trained player
  • HG2 = Club-trained player

Source: 2013–14 UEFA Champions League squad

Transfers and loans

In

Summer

No. Pos Player Transferred From Fee Date Source
14 MF André Schürrle Bayer Leverkusen £18.7 million 1 July 2013 [8][9]
MF Josimar Quintero Barcelona Undisclosed 1 July 2013 [83]
16 MF Marco van Ginkel Vitesse £8 million 5 July 2013 [13][14]
FW Isaiah Brown West Bromwich Albion Tribunal 8 July 2013 [84]
23 GK Mark Schwarzer Fulham Free transfer 9 July 2013 [15][16]
DF Cristián Cuevas O'Higgins £1.7 million 23 July 2013 [17][85]
FW Stipe Perica Zadar Undisclosed 1 August 2013 [86]
22 MF Willian Anzhi Makhachkala £30 million 28 August 2013 [87][88]
29 FW Samuel Eto'o Anzhi Makhachkala £2 million 29 August 2013 [23][24]
MF Christian Atsu Porto £3.5 million 1 September 2013 [27][28]

Winter

No. Pos Player Transferred From Fee Date Source
MF Bertrand Traoré Jeunes Espoirs Undisclosed 1 January 2014 [89]
21 MF Nemanja Matić Benfica £21 million 15 January 2014 [90]
15 MF Mohamed Salah Basel £11 million 26 January 2014 [91]
DF Kurt Zouma Saint-Étienne £12.5 million 31 January 2014 [92]
MF Mario Pašalić Hajduk Split Undisclosed 31 January 2014 [93]

Out

Summer

No. Pos Player Transferred To Fee Date Source
72 MF Samuel Bangura Marlow Released 30 June 2013 [94]
FW Walter Figueira Platanias Released 30 June 2013
MF Tom Howard Merstham Released 30 June 2013 [94]
DF Nortei Nortey Maidenhead United Released 30 June 2013 [94]
MF Ismail Seremba Akron Zips Released 30 June 2013 [94]
19 DF Paulo Ferreira Retired Released 30 June 2013 [95]
MF Amin Affane Energie Cottbus Free transfer 1 July 2013 [96]
57 DF Archange Nkumu Concord Rangers Free transfer 1 July 2013 [97][98]
15 MF Florent Malouda Trabzonspor Free transfer 1 July 2013 [99][100]
22 GK Ross Turnbull Doncaster Rovers Free transfer 1 July 2013 [101][102]
30 MF Yossi Benayoun Queens Park Rangers Free transfer 1 July 2013 [103][104]
49 DF Aziz Deen-Conteh Ergotelis Free transfer 1 July 2013 [97][105]
43 DF Jeffrey Bruma PSV Eindhoven £2.5 million 13 July 2013 [106][107]
MF Jesse Starkey Brighton and Hove Albion Undisclosed 29 August 2013 [108]
GK Ben Killip Norwich City Free transfer 18 November 2013 [109]

Winter

No. Pos Player Transferred To Fee Date Source
15 MF Kevin De Bruyne Wolfsburg £16.5 million 18 January 2014 [110][111]
52 GK Sam Walker Colchester United Undisclosed 20 January 2014 [112][113]
10 MF Juan Mata Manchester United £37.1 million 25 January 2014 [114]
5 MF Michael Essien Milan Free transfer 27 January 2014 [115]
DF Jonathan Muleba Bournemouth Undisclosed 30 January 2014 [116]
48 MF Lamisha Musonda KV Mechelen Free transfer 30 January 2014 [117]

Loan out

Summer

Squad # Position Player Loaned To Start End Source
GK Thibaut Courtois Atlético Madrid 22 June 2013 30 June 2014 [118]
54 DF Todd Kane Blackburn Rovers 25 June 2013 30 June 2014 [11]
MF Marko Marin Sevilla 28 June 2013 30 June 2014 [10]
56 MF George Saville Brentford 28 June 2013 30 June 2014 [12]
36 FW Patrick Bamford Milton Keynes Dons 28 June 2013 5 January 2014 [119]
GK Matej Delac Vojvodina 8 July 2013 30 June 2014 [120]
6 MF Oriol Romeu Valencia 12 July 2013 30 June 2014 [121]
64 FW Milan Lalkovič Walsall 16 July 2013 30 June 2014 [122]
38 DF Patrick van Aanholt Vitesse 24 July 2013 30 June 2014 [123]
MF Thorgan Hazard Zulte Waregem 24 July 2013 30 June 2014 [123]
DF Cristián Cuevas Vitesse 7 August 2013 30 June 2014 [20]
FW Jhon Pírez Leganés 9 August 2013 30 June 2014 [124]
30 MF Lucas Piazón Vitesse 9 August 2013 30 June 2014 [125]
32 DF Wallace Inter Milan 13 August 2013 30 June 2014 [126]
FW Stipe Perica NAC Breda 19 August 2013 30 June 2014 [127]
MF Christian Atsu Vitesse 1 September 2013 30 June 2014 [28]
13 MF Victor Moses Liverpool 2 September 2013 30 June 2014 [128]
MF Ulises Dávila Córdoba 2 September 2013 30 June 2014 [129]
18 FW Romelu Lukaku Everton 2 September 2013 30 June 2014 [30]
45 MF Nathaniel Chalobah Nottingham Forest 19 September 2013 15 January 2014 [130]

Winter

Squad # Position Player Loaned To Start End Source
37 MF Bertrand Traoré Vitesse 2 January 2014 30 June 2014 [131]
36 FW Patrick Bamford Derby County 5 January 2014 30 June 2014 [119]
59 DF Kenneth Omeruo Middlesbrough 6 January 2014 30 June 2014 [132]
45 MF Nathaniel Chalobah Middlesbrough 16 January 2014 30 June 2014
34 DF Ryan Bertrand Aston Villa 17 January 2014 30 June 2014 [133]
20 MF Josh McEachran Wigan Athletic 23 January 2014 30 June 2014 [134]
GK Matej Delac Sarajevo 29 January 2014 30 June 2014 [135]
47 MF Billy Clifford Royal Antwerp 30 January 2014 30 June 2014 [136]
DF Kurt Zouma Saint-Étienne 31 January 2014 30 June 2014 [92]
31 FW Gaël Kakuta Lazio 31 January 2014 30 June 2014 [137]

Overall transfer activity

Pre-season

Friendlies

International Champions Cup

Competitions

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UEFA Super Cup

Premier League

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1  (C) 38 27 5 6 102 37 +65 86 2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage
2 Liverpool 38 26 6 6 101 50 +51 84
3 Chelsea 38 25 7 6 71 27 +44 82
4 Arsenal 38 24 7 7 68 41 +27 79 2014–15 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5 Everton 38 21 9 8 61 39 +22 72 2014–15 UEFA Europa League group stage 1

Source: Barclays Premier League Official League Table
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Since the winners of 2013–14 FA Cup and 2013–14 Football League Cup (Arsenal and Manchester City) qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League, the 5th and 6th placed teams qualified for the group stage and the play-off round of 2014–15 UEFA Europa League.

(C)=Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 25 7 6 71 27 +44 82 15 3 1 43 11 +32 10 4 5 28 16 +12

Last updated: 11 May 2014.
Source: Competitive matches

Results by matchday

Matchday 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground H H A A H A A H H A H A H A A H A H H A A H H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A
Result W W D L W D W W W L D W W W L W D W W W W W D W W D W W W L W L W W L W D W
Position 3 1 1 6 1 3 3 2 2 2 4 3 2 2 3 2 4 3 3 3 1 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3

Last updated: 11 May 2014.
Source: Statto.com
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D=Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches

FA Cup

League Cup

UEFA Champions League

Group stage

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Chelsea 6 4 0 2 12 3 +9 12
Schalke 04 6 3 1 2 6 6 0 10
Basel 6 2 2 2 5 6 −1 8
Steaua București 6 0 3 3 2 10 −8 3

Knockout phase

Round of 16
Quarter-finals
Semi-finals

Statistics

Appearances

Last updated on 11 May. The list is sorted by shirt number when total appearances are equal.
Rnk Pos No. Player Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League Super Cup Total
1 DF 2 Ivanović 36 2 0 11 1 50
2 MF 17 Hazard 35 3 1 9 1 49
3 MF 11 Oscar 33 3 0 10 1 47
DF 26 Terry 34 0 1 11 1 47
5 GK 1 Čech 34 1 0 10 1 46
MF 7 Ramires 30 3 2 10 1 46
DF 24 Cahill 29 3 3 10 1 46
8 DF 28 Azpilicueta 29 2 3 10 0 44
9 MF 14 Schürrle 30 1 1 10 1 43
10 MF 22 Willian 25 3 3 11 0 42
11 FW 9 Torres 28 2 1 9 1 41
12 MF 8 Lampard 26 1 1 11 1 40
13 MF 12 Mikel 24 2 2 7 1 36
14 FW 29 Eto'o 21 3 2 9 0 35
15 DF 4 David Luiz 19 3 3 8 1 34
16 MF 19 Ba 19 1 3 6 0 29
17 DF 3 Cole 17 2 1 5 1 26
18 MF 21 Matić 17 2 0 0 0 19
19 MF 10 Mata 13 0 2 2 0 17
20 GK 23 Schwarzer 4 2 3 3 0 12
21 MF 15 Salah 10 1 0 0 0 11
22 MF 5 Essien 5 1 3 0 0 9
MF De Bruyne 3 0 3 3 0 9
24 MF 16 Van Ginkel 2 0 1 1 0 4
DF 33 Kalas 2 0 1 1 0 4
26 FW 18 Lukaku 2 0 0 0 1 3
DF 34 Bertrand 1 0 2 0 0 3
28 DF 27 Aké 1 0 0 0 0 1
MF 47 Baker 0 1 0 0 0 1
MF 49 Swift 1 0 0 0 0 1

Goalscorers

This includes all competitive matches. The list is sorted by shirt number when total goals are equal.

Last updated on 11 May
Rank Pos. No. Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League UEFA Super Cup Total
1 MF 17 Hazard 14 0 0 2 1 17
2 FW 29 Eto'o 9 0 0 3 0 12
3 FW 9 Torres 5 0 1 4 1 11
MF 11 Oscar 8 2 0 1 0 11
5 MF 14 Schürrle 8 0 0 1 0 9
6 MF 8 Lampard 6 0 1 1 0 8
FW 19 Ba 5 0 0 3 0 8
8 MF 7 Ramires 1 0 1 2 0 4
MF 22 Willian 4 0 0 0 0 4
10 DF 2 Ivanović 3 0 0 0 0 3
Own Goals 2 0 0 1 0 3
12 MF 12 Mikel 1 1 0 0 0 2
MF 15 Salah 2 0 0 0 0 2
DF 24 Cahill 1 0 0 1 0 2
DF 26 Terry 2 0 0 0 0 2
16 MF 10 Mata 0 0 1 0 0 1
DF 28 Azpilicueta 0 0 1 0 0 1
TOTALS 71 3 5 19 2 100

Clean sheets

Last updated on 11 May 2013
Rnk Pos No. Player Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League Super Cup Total
1 GK 1 Čech 16 0 0 5 0 21
2 GK 23 Schwarzer 2 2 2 2 0 8
TOTALS 18 2 2 7 0 29

Summary

Games played 57 (38 Premier League, 3 FA Cup, 3 League Cup, 12 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup)
Games won 35 (25 Premier League, 2 FA Cup, 2 League Cup, 6 UEFA Champions League)
Games drawn 10 (7 Premier League, 2 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup)
Games lost 12 (6 Premier League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup, 4 UEFA Champions League)
Goals scored 100 (71 Premier League, 3 FA Cup, 5 League Cup, 19 UEFA Champions League, 2 UEFA Super Cup)
Goals conceded 43 (27 Premier League, 2 FA Cup, 2 League Cup, 10 UEFA Champions League, 2 UEFA Super Cup)
Goal difference +57 (+44 Premier League, +1 FA Cup, +3 League Cup, +9 UEFA Champions League, 0 UEFA Super Cup)
Clean sheets 29 (18 Premier League, 2 FA Cup, 2 League Cup, 7 UEFA Champions League)
Most appearances 50 B. Ivanović
Top scorer 17 E. Hazard
Points Overall: 35/57 (61.4%)

Awards

Player

No. Player Award Month Source
1 Petr Čech Czech Footballer of the Year February 2014 [140]
PFA Team of the Year April 2014 [141]
24 Gary Cahill [141]
17 Eden Hazard [141]
PFA Young Player of the Year [141]
14 André Schürrle German Football Ambassador May 2014 [142]
1 Petr Čech Premier League Golden Glove May 2014
47 Lewis Baker Chelsea 2013-14 Goal of the Season May 2014 [143][144]
Chelsea 2013-14 Young Player of the Year May 2014 [145]
28 César Azpilicueta Chelsea Player's Player Award May 2014 [145]
17 Eden Hazard Chelsea Player of the Year Award May 2014 [145]

Team

LMA Performance of the Week
Against Result Date Source
Manchester City 0 - 1 3 February 2014 [50][146]
Arsenal 6 - 0 22 March 2014 [146][147]
Liverpool 0 - 2 27 April 2014 [69][148]

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