Ab, Nischal and Ameya give us their best XIs of the Premier League era featuring some fan favourites and some lesser talked about names…

Ab – @Ampaduology

Having been a Chelsea fan born in the turn of the millennia, I could only choose an all time XI under the Roman Abramovich’s era. So here’s it is.

(4-3-3)
Petr Cech
Branislav Ivanovic
John Terry
Ricardo Carvalho
Ashley Cole
Michael Ballack
Michael Essien
Frank Lampard
Arjen Robben
Didier Drogba
Eden Hazard

Michael Essien

He is someone who was one of my hero’s growing up. The guy was a demon in the base of our midfield, he was our heir to Makelele, someone difficult to live up to but boy did he take it on, he was a bisen in our midfield, stopping many attacks with his immense strength, pace and aerial ability. No one could get the better of him, and the best part? He had a rocket of a left foot, his weaker side. Everyone who is a Chelsea fan can tell you all about the goal against Barcelona.

Frank Lampard

Simply because he’s Chelsea’s all time record goal scorer and he’s a midfielder. Need I say more? And of course he won it all, and captained the team in the Champions league final, which we won.

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Nischal – @NischalCFC

(4-4-2)
Petr Cech
Branislav Ivanovic
Marcel Desailly
John Terry
Ashley Cole
Juan Mata
Ramires
Frank Lampard
Eden Hazard
Didier Drogba
Gianfranco Zola

Ramires

Choosing Lampard’s midfield partner is a tough choice, and it’s Ramires who makes it. His strength and dominance on the pitch was unrivalled, often dancing through defences and scoring some wonderful goals. An excellent player under-appreciated by Chelsea fans, underrated by football fans.

Juan Mata

One of my favourite Chelsea players of all time, Mata only needed three years at the Bridge to enter folklore. In his prime he was a beautiful footballer who epitomised the Spanish golden age, with intricate passing and wonderful flair. His finishing was top class and he brought a breath of fresh, fantastic and fabulous style to London, leaving prematurely after a memorable career in SW6

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Ameya – @LampardsLegacy

(4-2-3-1)
Petr Cech
Branislav Ivanovic
John Terry
Ricardo Carvalho
Ashley Cole
Michael Essien
Ramires
Gianfranco Zola
Frank Lampard
Eden Hazard
Didier Drogba

Notable mentions : Azpilicueta, Desailly, Cahill, Makelele, Kante, Mikel, Hasselbaink.

Branislav Ivanovic

This Serbian monster of a fullback is easily forgotten due to his sharp decline in the 2015-16 season. But, prior to that, he was easily one of the best right backs in the league, and dare I say even one of the best in the world. He had to wait eight long months to make his Chelsea debut, but he didn’t give up and worked hard, and eventually was announced in the PFA team of the season in 2009-10. He was a “modern fullback”, even before such a term was coined. His pace, agility, crossing and even finishing was world class. Apart from this, he also possessed strength and was a threat from set pieces owing to his heading ability. He was even deployed as a centre back at times. One can hardly forget his stoppage time header against Benfica to hand us the Europa League in 2013, or his perfect finish in extra time against Napoli to complete our comeback and advance on our quest to conquer Europe. During his time at Stamford Bridge, he won the UCL, the Europa League, the League Cup, the FA Cup x3, and the Premier League three times. In my eyes, he is the best right back to have played for Chelsea in the Premier League era.

Ramires

Whenever someone asks about our best midfielders in the Premier League era, this name often escapes our mind. It will be pretty interesting to note that Ramires actually has more appearances for Chelsea than Claude Makelele and is just a few shy of Michael Essien. He has always been one of the underrated players at the club, but ever so reliable when on the field, to do the “dirty work”. The Brazilian would also be involved in goals more often than not. If he’s not picking the ball out of the net after an absolute belter, he’s picking out a pin point long ball to convert defence into an attack.
His Chelsea legacy will be defined by that audacious chip over Victor Valdes against Barcelona in the semi finals in 2012, and one that will be cherished forever as it was against all the odds. Apart from the aforementioned UCL, he has also won the Europa League, FA Cup, League Cup as well as the Premier League with Chelsea. For me, he is one of the most underrated players to have ever played for the Blues, and deserves more recognition. 

Credit: AFP

What’s your best XI? Tell us in the comments or in the replies in the tweet…

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