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Ranking Chelsea's 5 best left-footed players in Premier League history

Manchester United v Chelsea - FA Community Shield
Manchester United v Chelsea - FA Community Shield
Sayan Chatterjee

Since its inception, Premier League clubs have boasted some of the world's best footballers and Chelsea are no exception. Chelsea rose to prominence after Roman Abramovich took charge of the club in 2003.

The Premier League's glamor has also increased since its inception in 1992. The increased competitiveness has made the league more exciting due to the unpredictable nature of the English top flight.

For this reason, Premier League clubs have managed to attract some great footballers. With their financial might, the Blues have attracted a plethora of big players too and many greats have worn the famous blue kit at Stamford Bridge.

While left-footed players are lesser in number, they carry a certain amount of uncanny attractiveness in their game. Some of the greatest footballers in the Premier League, like Robin Van Persie, Ryan Giggs, David Silva and Gareth Bale, are left-footed.

Chelsea also had the fortune to witness some of the great left-footed footballers feature for their club. On that note, let us take a look at

Chelsea's 5 best left-footed players in Premier League history


#5 Petr Cech

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League 2
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League 2

One of the greatest goalkeepers in Premier League history, Petr Cech is a Chelsea legend for his exploits between the sticks. Cech was extremely consistent and played a pivotal role in Chelsea's rise to Premier League superpower in 2000s.

The 2007/08 UEFA awards:⠀⠀■ Chelsea's Petr Čech: Best goalkeeper⠀■ Chelsea's John Terry: Best defender⠀■ Chelsea's Frank Lampard: Best midfielder⠀■ Man Utd's Cristiano Ronaldo: Best forward⠀⠀Total Premier League dominance. https://t.co/ZKXxbqZOTr

To Cech's advantage, he had an unbreakable defense in front of him. But the goalkeeper was in a league of his own, proving himself to be one of the most reliable players ever. Cech's record haul of 202 Premier League clean sheets is a testament to his caliber and consistency.

At Chelsea, Cech would go on to win four Golden Glove awards and help the Blues win the Premier League four times with his performances.

#4 Nemanja Matic

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - Capital One Cup Final
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - Capital One Cup Final

Nemanja Matic's first stint at Chelsea was a short one but the left-footed defensive midfielder made it tick in his second spell with the Blues. With a powerful left-foot, Matic became one of the decisive players for Chelsea, helping them win the league in 2015 and 2017.

Serving from defensive midfield, Matic would act as the perfect destroyer who knew how to stop opponent's offensive approach. The Serbian midfielder would often become the only link between Chelsea's defense and midfield with his tactical intelligence.

Matic not only used his left-foot to destroy attacks but also to score screamers which are still fresh in the memory of fans. The Serbian had scored seven goals and assisted 19 during his tenure at Stamford Bridge.

#3 Arjen Robben

FA Cup Quarter Final: Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur
FA Cup Quarter Final: Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur

Arjen Robben cutting inside from the left flank and scoring a goal with his brilliant left-foot is a familiar sight for many in world football. But the Dutch winger's contributions to Chelsea in his early years often got ignored.

Despite his short tenure with the Premier League giants, he helped Chelsea win two Premier League titles which marked the beginning of a better era for the club.

One of the best wingers of our generation, Robben spent three seasons at Stamford bridge and racked up 19 goals and 22 assists. Due to his majestic left-foot, fans and critics alike were enchanted with Robben.

Although his tenure was short and riddled with injuries, the winger delivered some powerful performances. Due to his explosive nature on the flanks, he remains one of the best wingers to have worn the Blue jersey.

#2 Juan Mata

FC Shakhtar Donetsk v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League
FC Shakhtar Donetsk v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League

Juan Mata was simply one of the best Spanish players to have played for Chelsea. During his brief period with the Blues, Mata wreaked havoc with his creativity from wide areas.

CHELSEA REWIND: On this day in 2012 Chelsea won 4-2 at Tottenham with Juan Mata scoring two. What a season he had! 👏2012/13🦁 65 appearances⚽️ 19 goals🎯 35 assists🥇 Chelsea POTY🏆 Europa League Great player! 🙌 https://t.co/MwyTMbJV0p

Mata possessed superior vision and was extremely skillful, which helped him create a lot of chances for his teammates. The left-footed wizard would often launch attacks of his own and play out venomous through balls to break defensive barriers.

Mata bagged 32 goals and 58 assists for Chelsea and remains one of the highest scoring Spanish players in Premier League history. For his exploits, Mata was awarded the 'Player of the Year' award twice during his tenure at Stamford Bridge.

#1 Ashley Cole

Chelsea v Juventus FC - UEFA Champions League
Chelsea v Juventus FC - UEFA Champions League

One of the best left-backs in the Premier League era, Ashley Cole has forever etched his name in the history books. He was already a two-time Premier League winner at Arsenal before joining arch-rivals Chelsea.

Let’s not forget Ashley Cole is an English former footballer who became one of the best left-backs in the world, most notably for Premier League clubs Chelsea, Arsenal and England. Winning trophy after trophy @TheRealAC3 is a winner.#BlackHistoryMonth #Flowers 👊🏽 https://t.co/d9yFbf53YJ

It goes without saying that Cole was defensively rock solid. The left-back's defensive prowess remains a dream for many young footballers across the globe. Yet making challenges with his left-foot was not his only forte.

Cole was offensively superb, often helping his team out to create chances on the overlaps. He was a serious threat to be reckoned with when making forward runs, which helped him rack up seven goals and 38 assists for the Blues.

Cole enjoyed a trophy-laden career with the Blues, winning four FA Cups, a Premier League and a Champions League, among other notable accolades.

Edited by Aditya Singh

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