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Chelsea’s Winning DNA

Picture Credit - @Miz9Rahman Often labelled as a club with ‘no history’ by rivals fans,  The Blues trophy cabinet of 25 would argue otherwis...

Picture Credit - @Miz9Rahman

Often labelled as a club with ‘no history’ by rivals fans,  The Blues trophy cabinet of 25 would argue otherwise.  After a first league title in 1955 and a heroic FA cup victory vs Leeds in 1970, in the late ’90s, Chelsea’s serial winning mentality began to come to fruition.

In the mid to late ’90s, Chelsea was beginning to attract greats of the game to grace the Stamford Bridge turf including Italian magician Gianfranco Zola, two-time European cup winner Ruud Gullit and also World Cup Winners: Marcel Desailly and Didier Deschamps. A real classy and experienced side was beginning to form, and the trophies were set to rein in. 

In 1998, under the guidance of player-coach Gianluca Vialla, Chelsea claimed the League Cup and UEFA Cup Winners Cup, to round off a hugely memorable season, whilst also finishing fourth in the league. 

Chelsea’s momentum grew as they claimed the UEFA Super Cup later that year after beating Spanish giants Real Madrid in a 1-0 victory. A strong core in the side saw the Blues rise to success. The ‘rock’ Desailly and cultured centre-back Frank Lebouef formed a formidable centre-back pairing, ahead of them the midfield maestros Gus Poyet and Roberto Di Matteo, and deploying the front line, the Norwegian Tore Andre Flo accompanied by the magician Zola. 

In the year 2000, Vialli’s tenure came to an end shortly after claiming Chelsea’s third FA cup in a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa. For most of the squad, this was set to be their last trophy recognition in the Blue shirt of Chelsea. However, in 2003, whole new dawn was set to rise at the Bridge.

In 2003, Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich, purchased Chelsea FC, replacing Ken Bates as chairman. From the get-go, Abramovich pumped money into the club, hoping his fortunes would be rewarded with a team that would dominate England and even Europe for years to come. Managers and players have come and gone, as Abramovich has constantly sought to find a sublime combination of managers and players. 

Since his takeover, many opposing fans and pundits have heavily criticized the Russian’s methods, however, the success obtained from his clinical yet ruthless approach is unparalleled in any Premier League side. In a 17 year spell as chairman, Abramovich has seen The Blues claim 17 trophies, including five Premier League titles and the ultimate prize: The Champions League.  

Players such as Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, John Terry, Petr Cech, and Ashley Cole were a mainstay in the Blues lineup for many years, winning everything possible in their time at the club. Players coming through the youth ranks or joining from other clubs had huge personalities and role models to look up to in the Chelsea side and could see what was required to reap the reward of success. 

Success was set in stone at Chelsea, and the winning mentality instilled into the club by Abramovich and manager Jose Mourinho still prospers to this day.

Continued Success?

At this present moment, under the managerial guidance of Frank Lampard, a number of Chelsea’s young talent understand what is required to replicate the kind of success that is expected as a Chelsea FC player. Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Tammy Abraham, and Reece James have all flourished in the academy for years and have grown up winning trophy after trophy, much like the senior team. From a young age, these young stars have inherited the Chelsea DNA; that winning mentality that sets them apart from others. 

Accompanied by serial winner Lampard as the boss, Chelsea’s youthful side could have a brilliant future ahead of them, potentially collecting many trophies along the way.  As the Lampard revolution continues to grow, the manager will be hoping his inexperienced squad can continue to push on to great things.

Written by - Harry Williams
Twitter - @haz_williams00
Picture Credit - @Miz9Rahman 

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