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The greatest Chelsea XI of all time

A look at the legendary names that form the greatest Chelsea XI

Top 5 / Top 10 09 Nov 2017, 19:02 IST

Chelsea lifted the Premier League trophy last season
Chelsea lifted the Premier League trophy last season

A lion's share of Chelsea's unprecedented success in the last decade or so is down to Roman Abramovich. Ever since the Russian billionaire took over, Chelsea's influence in the Premier League football has seen a considerable rise.

When delving into history, hotshots like Manchester United and Arsenal might have a glittering past to brag about, but the Blues are in the process of writing their own. So much so that in the past three years, their exploits have seen the taunts like 'A club with no history' have died out.

A large number of players in their greatest XI are from the era since the 90s. Let's have a look at who among these make the greatest line up of the club.

Formation: 4-2-3-1


Petr Cech

Chelsea v Manchester United - FA Community Shield
Petr Cech is the greatest goalkeeper ever to play for the Blues

Who else other than Petr Cech? The shot-stopper has been one of the chief witnesses and contributors to Chelsea's growing legacy in the footballing world. In his eleven years between the goal posts at the Stamford Bridge, he produced quite a lot of stellar performances.

No other overseas player in Chelsea's history has a better appearance record than Petr Cech. He holds 494 appearances to his credit and stands sixth in the list of all-time appearances made for the club. He kept 228 clean sheets - enough to make him a legendary figure at the Bridge.

Although a clash with Stephen Hunt in 2006 against Reading might have ended his career, Cech never wavered when it came to brave goal-keeping. Playing with a headgear since that incident, the goal-keeper was a vital cog in Mourinho's defence that won them back to back titles.

Being the centrepiece of Chelsea's dream season of 2011-12, the shot-stopper denied Leo Messi a penalty that might have seen Barcelona make the Uefa Champions League finals.

Against Bayern Munich, he rose to the mantle again, denying Bayern three penalties (one in the stoppage time and two in the following shoot-out) as Chelsea clinched their first ever European title.

If there ever was a keeper who made it hard for Lionel Messi to score, it was this man. And though he might have joined Chelsea's direct rivals, that won't do much damage to his legacy in West London.

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