POST-SEASON BRIEFING 2010/11

Nine months of Chelsea action are summed up by club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton in their comprehensive review of the campaign recently completed…


Season 2010/11 was as disappointing as the previous Double-winning campaign was exhilarating.

There were no trophies won and the Blues registered statistically the worst set of results since the pre-Abramovich era.

Of course, all is relative. Carlo Ancelotti still managed to steer his squad to a second-place finish - for only the fourth time in our club's top-flight history - and our goals-for tally was bettered only three times in the previous 12 seasons.

Along with Manchester City we conceded the fewest goals over the campaign - 33 - and were the best in the league at holding on to a lead when we scored first.

Chelsea attempted more shots than anyone else - 563 - with chief marksman Didier Drogba managing 109 despite the debilitations of malaria.

Chelsea v West Ham

The Ivorian's combined total of goals and assists - 27 - was originally the league's best. However, one strike (versus Blackpool) was taken away from him by the Dubious Goals Panel. Florent Malouda was the Blues' next best with a combined total of 18.

Frank Lampard became the first bought Chelsea player to make 500 appearances for the club. John Terry joined him in the elite 500+ club alongside fellow homegrowns Ron Harris, Peter Bonetti and John Hollins.

Chelsea were awarded the second most penalties - eight - in the league. Manchester City were handed nine. Carlo Ancelotti was the only Barclays Manager of the Month award recipient not to drop points in his next match in charge.

We also topped the Premier League's Fair Play table and are currently rated third in Uefa's team rankings having qualified for a ninth consecutive Champions League campaign.

Never the less, our points and games lost totals were the worst since the watershed 2002/03 season.


The Unofficial 'Arsène Wenger League' Top 5
This time two seasons ago Arsène Wenger proposed a change in the Premier League. He suggested that a team should be awarded three points for a win but an additional point for every goal in the margin of victory.

His idea was supposed to encourage teams to keep going for goals when they were ahead, providing greater entertainment. As the table below shows, however, the proposal would make virtually no difference to the final table, except that his side would have finished just seven points behind Chelsea, and in third place. Still no trophy though.

Adjusted pts Premier League pts
1. Man Utd 116 (80)
2. Chelsea 94 (71)
3. Arsenal 87 (68)
4. Man City 84 (71)
5. Spurs 62 (62)



POST SEASON BRIEFING - 2010/11 STATISTICAL SUMMARY
Season summary (all competitions)
Played 53, won 28, drawn 11, lost 14, goals 99, goals against 49, clean sheets 20, failed to score 12.


Campaign achievements
Barclays Premier League - runners-up
Champions League - quarter-finals
FA Cup - fourth round
Carling Cup - third round
Barclays Premier Reserve League - national champions
FA Youth Cup - semi-finals


Days since
Chelsea won a trophy: 388
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,208
Liverpool won a trophy: 1,851


Milestones of season 2010/11
Equal best defence in the Barclays Premier League

Dropped only six points from winning positions this season - the best in the Premier League.

Did not lose a league game this season when opening the scoring (won 16 and drawn three).

Lost nine Premier League games which is the most since we lost the same number in 2002/03 when we finished fourth. We failed to score in seven of those nine matches.

Equalled our biggest away win in the top flight at Wigan - 6-0 (equal with Barnsley in August 1997).

Wigan v Chelsea

First occasion we have ever scored six in two successive league games: West Bromwich Albion at home and Wigan away.

Didier Drogba became the third player in Premier League history to score hat-tricks in successive matches (Wigan home 9 May 2010 and West Brom home 14 August 2010). He follows in the footsteps of Ian Wright and Les Ferdinand, who both achieved the feat in the 1990s.

West Ham's Scott Parker (11/9) ended Chelsea's run of 35 unanswered league goals, nine more than any other side in top-flight history (since 1888).

150 Champions League goals (the 150th was scored by John Terry v Marseille at home).

Our youngest player in the Champions League - Josh McEachran 17 years, 198 days v MŠK Žilina (away) 15 September 2010.

Chelsea v Zilina


Record top-flight successive home league clean sheets reached versus Fulham - 9 (previous best 7 in 2004/05).

Equalled all-time record successive home league clean sheets v Fulham - 9 (previous best 9 in 1926/27 (7) + 1927/28 (2)).

50th Champions League win v Spartak Moscow (a) (in our 98th match).

Carlo Ancelotti's 50th Chelsea win in his 71st match in charge. Second quickest in Chelsea history behind Jose Mourinho (67 games).

First time in 165 games to lose back-to-back league games (Sunderland home and Birmingham away).

Gaël Kakuta (v Aston Villa a) and Josh McEachran (v Newcastle h) were the only players to start a Premier League game who were not full internationals.

Came top of the Premier League Fair Play Table.The points total in the table is determined by a team's ability to avoid red and yellow cards plus in each game, a score is given for positive play, behaviour towards the opposing side and the match officials, and the behaviour of the club's staff at the game.

100 Chelsea appearances: Branislav Ivanovic

200 Chelsea appearances: Ashley Cole, Michael Essien, Paulo Ferreira, Salomon Kalou, John Mikel Obi

300 Chelsea appearances: Petr Cech, Didier Drogba

500 Chelsea appearances: Frank Lampard, John Terry

Lampard Terry


50 Chelsea goals:Nicolas Anelka, Salomon Kalou

350 Chelsea games as captain: John Terry

150 Chelsea clean sheets: Petr Cech

100th game in the Champions League v MŠK Žilina (h)

Didier Drogba's club record 14 goals as a substitute -beating 12 by Tore Andre Flo. Salomon Kalou has 13.

Salomon Kalou set a new club record 97 substitute appearances for the Blues beating the 93 previously set by Joe Cole.

Carlo Ancelotti's 100th game in charge v Man Utd (CL h).

Petr Cech's 313th appearance v Everton (PL away), becoming our highest overseas appearance maker beating the previous record set by Gianfranco Zola.

Petr Cech and Ashley Cole were the first players to start every League game since Frank Lampard achieved it in 2003/04 and 2004/05.

Three Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month awards: Carlo Ancelotti.

One Barclays Premier League Player of the Month award: David Luiz.

Highest average Premier League attendance at Stamford Bridge for four years - 41,435.

Academy products' first-team debuts: Ryan Bertrand, Josh McEachran, Jacob Mellis.


Chelsea awards
Player of the Year: Petr Cech
Players' Player of the Year: Ashley Cole
Young Player of the Year: Josh McEachran
Goal of the Season: Ramires against Man City (h)
Special Recognition award: Ron Harris

Rammy



Big Four mini league

P W D L F A Pts
Liverpool  3 2 1 10 6 11
Man Utd  3 3 9 9
Arsenal 6 2 2 2 6 8
Chelsea 6 2   0 4 6 9 6


Premier London League
P W D L F A Pts
Chelsea  8 5 2 1 13 6 17
Arsenal 8 4 2 2 16 12 14
Tottenham  3 3 2 11 10 12
West Ham 8 2 2 4 12 8
Fulham 0 3   5 6 12 3


Uefa Team Rankings 2011
1 Man Utd 151.157
2 Barcelona 141.465
3 Chelsea 129.157
4 Bayern Munich 118.887
5 Liverpool 115.157
6 Arsenal 108.157
7 Real Madrid 103.465
8 Porto 100.319
9 Internazionale 100.110
10 AC Milan 94.110


All-time Premier League top ten
Seasons Points
1 Man Utd 19 1574
2 Arsenal 19 1379
3 Chelsea 19 1338
4 Liverpool 19 1282
5 Aston Villa 19 1051
6 Tottenham 19 1017
7 Everton 19 978
8 Newcastle 17 952
9 Blackburn 17 939
10 West Ham 16 764


'Big 4' Premier League record since 2003
Chelsea Man Utd Arsenal Liverpool
Pts (Pos) Pts (Pos) Pts (Pos) Pts (Pos)
2003/04 79 (2nd) 75 (3rd) 90 (1st) 60 (4th)
2004/05 95 (1st) 77 (3rd) 83 (2nd) 58 (5th)
2005/06 91 (1st)  83 (2nd) 67 (4th) 82 (3rd)
2006/07 83 (2nd) 89 (1st) 68 (4th) 68 (3rd)
2007/08 85 (2nd) 87 (1st) 83 (3rd) 76 (4th)
2008/09 83 (3rd) 90 (1st) 72 (4th) 86 (2nd)
2009/10 86 (1st)  85 (2nd) 75 (3rd) 63 (7th)
2010/11 71 (2nd) 80 (1st) 68 (3rd) 58 (6th)


Appearances this season 53
Cech 50, A Cole 48, Ivanovic 46+2, Terry 46, Malouda 43+7, Essien 41+3, Anelka 38+8, Drogba 37+9, Mikel 35+2, Ramires 33+8, Lampard 31+1, Kalou 22+20, Ferreira 19+10, Bosingwa 19+7, Alex 16+4, Zhirkov 13+9, Torres 11+7, D Luiz 11+1, Sturridge 4+17, McEachran 4+13, Kakuta 4+8, Benayoun 3+7, Bruma 3+4, Van Aanholt 3+3, Turnbull 2, Hilário 1, Bertrand 0+1, Mellis 0+1.

Cech - Chelsea


Goals
99
Anelka 16 (2 pens), Malouda 14, Drogba 13 (3 pens), Kalou 13, Lampard 13 (4 pens), Ivanovic 6, Essien 4, Sturridge 4, Terry 4, Alex 2, D Luiz 2, Ramires 2, Benayoun 1, Torres 1, Van Aanholt 1, Zhirkov 1, own goals 2 (Evatt, Blackpool, Edwards, Ipswich).

Assists 124
Assists are judged not for the last touch but by the subjective view of the statistician for a crucial part played in the goal.
Drogba 26, Anelka 15, Malouda 11, Essien 10, Kalou 9, Lampard 8, Ivanovic 7, A Cole 6, Terry 6, Mikel 4, Ferreira 3, Torres 3, Zhirkov 3, Benayoun 2, Kakuta 2, Ramires 2, Alex 1, Bertrand 1, Bosingwa 1, D Luiz 1, McEachran 1, Sturridge 1, Van Aanholt 1.

Minutes on pitch 5,074
Cech 4,693, A Cole 4,544, Terry 4,423, Ivanovic 4,344, Essien 3,886, Malouda 3,863, Drogba 3,683, Anelka 3,464, Ramires 3,126, Lampard 2,931, Mikel 2,862, Kalou 2,316, Bosingwa 1,868, Ferreira 1,798, Alex 1,586, Zhirkov 1,275, Torres 1,078, D Luiz 1,017, Sturridge 639, McEachran 591, Benayoun 393, Kakuta 392, Bruma 369, Van Aanholt 288, Turnbull 191, Hilário 94, Bertrand 38, Mellis 1.

Players substituted 152
Malouda 19, Mikel 18, Anelka 16, Kalou 14, Ramires 12, Bosingwa 9, Drogba 8, Ferreira 7, Zhirkov 7, Essien 6, Torres 6, Ivanovic 4, Kakuta 4, Lampard 4, Alex 3, A Cole 3, Terry 3, Benayoun 2, D Luiz 2, McEachran 2, Sturridge 2, Van Aanholt 1.

Unused substitutes 219
Turnbull 47, Ferreira 23, McEachran 20, Bruma 18, Van Aanholt 15, Kakuta 13, Zhirkov 12, Mikel 9, Sala 8, Benayoun 7, Kalou 6, Hilário 5, Sturridge 5, Anelka 4, Mellis 4, Bertrand 3, B Clifford 3, Borini 2, Bosingwa 2, Essien 2, Ivanovic 2, D Luiz 2, Alex 1, Cech 1, Chalobah 1, Drogba 1, Malouda 1, Ramires 1, Terry 1.

League appearances 38
Cech 38, A Cole 38, Malouda 33+5, Terry 33, Ivanovic 32+2, Essien 32+1, Drogba 30+6, Mikel 28, Anelka 27+5, Lampard 23+1, Ramires 22+7, Kalou 16+15, Bosingwa 13+7, Ferreira 12+9, Alex 12+3, D Luiz 11+1, Torres 8+6, Zhirkov 6+6, McEachran 1+8, Benayoun 1+6, Kakuta 1+4, Bruma 1+1, Sturridge 0+13, Bertrand 0+1.

League goals 69
Malouda 13, Drogba 11 (2 pens), Kalou 10, Lampard 10 (4 pens), Anelka 6, Ivanovic 4, Essien 3, Terry 3, Alex 2, D Luiz 2, Ramires 2, Benayoun 1, Torres 1, own goal 1 (Evatt, Blackpool).

European appearances 10
Ivanovic 10, Cech 9, Terry 8, Anelka 7+2, Malouda 7+2, Essien 7+1, Ramires 7+1, A Cole 7, Zhirkov 6+1, Drogba 5+2, Mikel 5+1, Ferreira 4+1, Alex 4, Bosingwa 4, Lampard 4, Kalou 3+3, Torres 3+1, McEachran 2+4, Kakuta 2+3, Sturridge 2+3, Van Aanholt 1+3, Bruma 1+1, Benayoun 1, Turnbull 1, Mellis 0+1.

European goals 17
Anelka 7 (1 pen), Drogba 2 (1 pen), Ivanovic 2, Sturridge 2, Essien 1, Malouda 1, Terry 1, Zhirkov 1.

Copenhagen v Chelsea


FA Cup appearances
3
Cech 3, Ivanovic 3, Lampard 3, Ramires 3, Terry 3, Anelka 2+1, Kalou 2+1, Bosingwa 2, A Cole 2, Drogba 2, Malouda 2, Essien 1+1, Mikel 1+1, Ferreira 1, McEachran 1, Sturridge 1, Van Aanholt 1, Bruma 0+1, Kakuta 0+1, Zhirkov 0+1.

FA Cup goals 9
Lampard 3, Kalou 2, Sturridge 2, Anelka 1, own goal 1 (Edwards, Ipswich).

Carling Cup appearances 1
Anelka 1, Benayoun 1, Bruma 1, Ferreira 1, Kakuta 1, Ramires 1, Sturridge 1, Terry 1, Turnbull 1, Van Aanholt 1, Zhirkov 1, Alex 0+1, Kalou 0+1, McEachran 0+1.

Carling Cup goals 3
Anelka 2 (1 pen), Van Aanholt 1.

Community Shield appearances 1
Anelka 1, A Cole 1, Essien 1, Ferreira 1, Hilário 1, Ivanovic 1, Kalou 1, Lampard 1, Malouda 1, Mikel 1, Terry 1, Benayoun 0+1, Bruma 0+1, Drogba 0+1, Sturridge 0+1, Zhirkov 0+1.

Community Shield goals 1
Kalou 1

Hat-tricks 1
Drogba 1 (WBA h)

Penalties won 11
Anelka 2, Malouda 2, Alex 1, A Cole 1, Drogba 1, Kalou 1, Ramires 1, Zhirkov 1, opponent hand ball 1.

Penalties scored 9
Lampard 4, Drogba 3, Anelka 2.

Penalties missed 2
Lampard 1 (saved by Sorensen), Drogba 1 (saved by Gomes)

Penalties conceded 3
D Luiz 2, Essien 1.

Penalty concessions 2
Cech 2

Penalties saved 1
Cech 1

Clean sheets 20
Cech 20

Captain 53
Terry 46, Drogba 6, Lampard 1.

Woodwork 33
Drogba (Birmingham a, MŠK Žilina h, Bolton h, Wolves a, Stoke a twice, Man Utd CL h, Tottenham h) 8, Anelka (Aston Villa a, Liverpool a, Blackburn h) 3, Ivanovic (Man City a, Aston Villa a, Sunderland a) 3, Terry (MŠK Žilina CL a, Everton PL h, Everton PL a) 3, Alex (Newcastle LC h, Marseille h) 2, Essien (Marseille h twice) 2, Kalou (Sunderland a, West Brom a) 2, Mikel (West Ham a, FC Copenhagen h) 2, Ramires (Blackburn h, Everton FAC a) 2, A Cole (Stoke h) 1, D Luiz (West Ham h) 1, Ferreira (Newcastle LC h) 1, Van Aanholt (MŠK Žilina h) 1, Zhirkov (Man Utd h) 1, opponent (Jagielka Everton FAC h) 1. Most in one game: Marseille h 3.

Opponents' strikes on woodwork 13
McCarthy (Wigan a), Whelan (Stoke h), Piquionne (West Ham a), Clark (Aston Villa a), Rodwell (Everton h), Valbuena (Marseille a), Hunt (Wolves a), Maxi Rodriquez (Liverpool h), Puncheon (Blackpool a), N'Doye (FC Copenhagen h), Wilson (Stoke a), Huth (Stoke a), Jagielka (Everton PL a).

Own goals 2
Edwards (Ipswich h), Evatt (Blackpool h).

Chelsea own goals 1
Bosingwa (Wolves a)

Opponents sent off 2
Vidic (Man Utd h), Coleman (Everton a)

Sent off 2
Essien 1 (Fulham h, straight red), Ramires 1 (Man Utd CL a, 2 yellows)

Abused 90
Incidents suffered leading to an opponent being booked or sent off
General 17, Anelka 10, Drogba 10, Ramires 10, Essien 9, Ivanovic 6, Malouda 6, Kalou 4, Bosingwa 2, A Cole 2, D Luiz 2, Mikel 2, Terry 2, Torres 2, Zhirkov 2, Ferreira 1, Kakuta 1, Sturridge 1, Van Aanholt 1.
Most in one game: Aston Villa h 7. Fewest: Man Utd (CS), WBA h, MŠK Žilina a & h, Liverpool a, Fulham h, Wolves a, Blackburn h, Bolton a, Everton FAC a, Blackpool a, 0

Booked 76
Ivanovic 12, Ramires 10, Terry 8, Drogba 7, Essien 6, Mikel 5, A Cole 4, Malouda 4, Alex 3, D Luiz 3, Torres 3, Zhirkov 3, Ferreira 2, Lampard 2, Bosingwa 1, Bruma 1, Kalou 1, McEachran 1.
Most in one game: Man Utd CL h, Man Utd CL a (incl Ramires 2y=1R), Man Utd PL a, Newcastle h 4. Fewest: Man Utd (CS), Stoke h, MŠK Žilina a, Birmingham a & h, Marseille a, Ipswich h, Bolton a, Everton FAC a, Blackpool a, WBA a 0

Domestic bookings 62
Ivanovic 12, Ramires 8, Drogba 6, Terry 6, Essien 5, A Cole 4, Alex 3, D Luiz 3, Mikel 3, Ferreira 2, Lampard 2, Malouda 2, Bosingwa 1, Bruma 1, Kalou 1, McEachran 1, Torres 1, Zhirkov 1.

European bookings 14
Malouda 2, Mikel 2, Ramires 2, Terry 2, Torres 2, Zhirkov 2, Drogba 1, Essien 1.

Community Shield bookings 0
(The FA does not include in domestic bookings for the season).

Suspended 9
Essien 3 (Sunderland h, Birmingham a, Newcastle a), Mellis 3 (Tottenham a, Arsenal a, Bolton h), Drogba 2 (MŠK Žilina a, Marseille h), Ivanovic 1 (Aston Villa h).

Games missed due to injury and illness or being unfit 209
Benayoun 36, Alex 32, Lampard 21, Bosingwa 20, Borini 19, Zhirkov 18, Hilário 9, Ramires 9, Mikel 6, Sturridge 6, Bruma 5, Terry 5, Kalou 4, Anelka 3, A Cole 3, Drogba 3, Essien 3, Kakuta 3, Cech 1, Ivanovic 1, Malouda 1, McEachran 1.

Games missed due to internationals 0

Games missed due to not being eligible 6
D Luiz 5, Torres 1.

Games missed for personal reasons 2
Bosingwa 1, Carvalho 1.

Penalty shoot-out goals 3
Drogba 1, Essien 1, Lampard 1.

Penalty shoot-out misses 2
Anelka 1, A Cole 1.

Penalty shoot-out saves 1
Cech 1

Penalty shoot-out concessions 4
Cech 4

Chelsea Golden Boot 199
Anelka 16, Borini 14, Malouda 14, Drogba 13, Kalou 13, Lampard 13, Kane 11, Lalkovic 11, Devyne 8, Phillip 8, Chalobah 7, B Clifford 7, Ivanovic 6, Sturridge 6, Essien 4, Figueira 4, Terry 4, Tore 4, own goals 4, Prosenik 3, Alex 2, D Luiz 2, Ramires 2, Saville 2, Seremba 2, Stenning 2, Baker 1, Benayoun 1, C Clifford 1, Dabo 1, Davey 1, Deen-Conteh 1, Magnay 1, McEachran 1, Mellis 1, Mitrovic 1, Na Bangna 1, Nditi 1, Nkumu 1, Rodgers 1, Torres 1, Van Aanholt 1, Zhirkov 1.
Goals scored in first, reserve and youth team competitive games and prestigious reserve friendlies.

Loan players' appearances
Borini (Swansea) 11+1, Bertrand (Nottingham Forest) 19, Bruma (Leicester) 10+1 (sent off 1), C Clifford (Plymouth) 8, C Clifford (Notts County) 5+4, Cork (Burnley) 42+4, Delac (Vitesse Arnhem) 0, B Gordon (Kilmarnock) 21, B Gordon (Scunthorpe) 13+1, Kakuta (Fulham) 2+5, Mancienne (Wolves) 14+2, Matic (Vitesse Arnhem) 28+1, Mellis (Barnsley) 14+1, Phillip (Yeovil) 0+3, Philliskirk (Oxford Utd) 0+1. Philliskirk (Sheffield Utd) 0+3, Rajkovic (Vitesse Arnhem) 27, Sturridge (Bolton) 11+1 (sent off 1), Taylor (Crewe) 49, Van Aanholt (Leicester) 12, Walker (Barnet) 7 (sent off 1), Woods (Notts County) 0+2.

Bruma

Loan players goals / clean sheets
Taylor (Crewe) 11 cs, Sturridge (Bolton) 8, Borini (Swansea) 6, Cork (Burnley) 3, Bruma (Leicester) 2, Mellis (Barnsley) 2, B Gordon (Kilmarnock) 1, Kakuta 1, Matic (Vitesse) 1, Van Aanholt (Leicester) 1, Walker (Barnet) 1 cs.

Chelsea Old Boys appearances against Chelsea
C Cole 2, Duff 2, Gronkjaer 2, Huth 2, Sidwell 1+1, Ben-Haim 1, Bridge 1, Di Santo 1, Gallas 1, Johnson 1, Parker 1, Zenden 1, Gudjohnsen 0+1.

Chelsea Old Boys goals against Chelsea
Parker 1

Former players or managers in charge of opposition sides
Roberto Di Matteo (West Brom), Avram Grant (West Ham), Didier Deschamps (Marseille), Mark Hughes (Fulham).

Total appearances including subs
Lampard 509, Terry 503, Cech 313, Drogba 306, Essien 228, Kalou 228, A Cole 213, Mikel 202, Ferreira 201, Malouda 186, Anelka 169, Alex 125, Ivanovic 115, Bosingwa 83, Zhirkov 49, Ramires 41, Sturridge 41, Hilário 37, Torres 18, McEachran 17, Kakuta 16, D Luiz 12, Benayoun 10, Bruma 10, Borini 8, Van Aanholt 8, Turnbull 7, Mancienne 6, Matić 3, Woods 2, Bertrand 1, Mellis 1.

Total appearances
Lampard 484+25, Terry 483+20, Cech 313, Drogba 249+57, Essien 207+21, A Cole 205+8, Mikel 165+37, Ferreira 160+41, Malouda 152+34, Anelka 139+30, Kalou 131+97, Alex 109+16, Ivanovic 104+11, Bosingwa 75+8, Ramires 33+8, Hilário 33+4, Zhirkov 32+17, Torres 11+7, D Luiz 11+1, Sturridge 10+31, Turnbull 6+1, Kakuta 5+11, McEachran 4+13, Benayoun 3+7, Bruma 3+7, Van Aanholt 3+5, Mancienne 3+3, Borini 1+7, Matić 0+3, Woods 0+2, Bertrand 0+1, Mellis 0+1.

Current goalscorers
Lampard 170 (37 pens), Drogba 144 (4 pens), Anelka 58 (2 pens), Kalou 55, Malouda 42, Terry 42, Essien 25, Alex 10, Ivanovic 9, Sturridge 9, A Cole 6, Bosingwa 2, Ferreira 2, D Luiz 2, Mikel 2, Ramires 2, Benayoun 1, Torres 1, Van Aanholt 1, Zhirkov 1.



PRE-MATCH BRIEFING SEASONAL AWARDS
Long-range effort: Alex's swirling thump against Arsenal.

Chelsea v Arsenal

Most fanatical celebration of a goal: the whole team mobbing Fernando Torres after he scored in the rain against West Ham United.

Light relief award: David Luíz's tomfoolery behind Chelsea TV cameras.

Unusual sandwich metaphor of the season: Michael Essien - 'sweet bread at the top, sour filling and more sweet bread at the bottom.'

Chant of the season: to Liverpool fans at the Bridge - 'You burned your own shirts!'

Choreography of the season: to Tottenham's Gomes (after his cock-up at the Bridge) - the 'Let's all do the Gomes!'

Referee of the season: Martin Atkinson. Played 4, won 4, sent off two opponents. Proper ref.

Finest moment: being brave enough to award a late penalty against Manchester United.

Best photography: Chelsea's own Darren Walsh for coming closer to showing the ball was over the line in the Spurs match at the Bridge than BBC Match Of The Day's frozen-early video.

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur


The Arsène Wenger 'second place is a success' award: Arsenal for their League Cup final result, second to relegated Birmingham City.

Surprising new Chelsea family member of the season: music producer Mark Ronson.

Take everything in your stride award: Carlo Ancelotti at the FA Youth Cup match versus Arsenal, ousted from his grandstand seat by an elderly lady brandishing her ticket.

Prediction for 2011/12: six point deduction for QPR (by Chelsea, beating them home and away).