Sun 19 May 2013 16:00 (Attendance: 41,794)
Back to the Bridge with a trophy under our arm, there is a league position still to be secured. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton study game 69…
Chelsea's stunning victory in Amsterdam marked the 11th final in the 10 years of the Roman Abramovich era - the 12th if you include this season's UEFA Super Cup - and our fifth European final overall. Branislav Ivanovic - there is no more deserving player - clinched the 13th trophy since the club changed hands in 2003 with his first European strike since the one that slayed Napoli.
Stylish Benfica were great adversaries but it was not to be for them; they have now lost their last seven European finals over 50 years.
The Blues demonstrated the mettle and efficiency that has been a hallmark of all four UEFA triumphs stretching back to Athens in 1971. As everyone now knows, the Londoners are the first club ever to be holders simultaneously of the Champions League and Europa League and the only English side to have won all three major UEFA trophies.
The win adds a date for your diary: the UEFA Super Cup in Prague on 30 August, against either Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund.
And what a week for Frank Lampard: new club-record goalscorer, captain of the Europa League winners and signed up for another year at the Bridge.
|Top 12 Premier League scorers on minutes per goal|
|Goals||Mins played||A goal every|
|Frank Lampard||15||1,810||120.6 mins|
|Robin van Persie||25||3,033||121.3 mins|
|Edin Džeko||14||1,723||123.0 mins|
|Luis Suarez||23||2,955||128.4 mins|
|Romelu Lukaku||14||1,960||140.0 mins|
|Gareth Bale||20||2,835||141.7 mins|
|Christian Benteke||19||2,821||148.4 mins|
|Theo Walcott||14||2,194||156.7 mins|
|Demba Ba||15||2,471||164.7 mins|
|Dimitar Berbatov||14||2,760||197.1 mins|
|Rickie Lambert||14||3,043||217.3 mins|
The victors - and the trophy - are guaranteed a rousing reception for Sunday's final page of a record-breaking 69-match season. Or at least, we hope it is the last: several scenarios would produce a further play-off between Chelsea and Arsenal to determine third and fourth Champions League places.
Chelsea are all-but guaranteed one of the two, whereas Arsenal must still see off the challenge of fifth-placed Tottenham, who host Sunderland.
|Premier League 3rd/4th places|
Premier League rule C14 states: 'If at the end of the Season either the League Champions or the Clubs to be relegated or the question of qualification for other competitions cannot be determined because two or more Clubs are equal on points, goal difference and goals scored, the Clubs concerned shall play off one or more deciding League Matches on neutral grounds, the format, timing and venue of which shall be determined by the Board.'
Any of these combinations of scores on Sunday will result in identical goals records for Chelsea and Arsenal:
Chelsea draw 0-0, Arsenal win 2-1
Chelsea draw 1-1, Arsenal win 3-2
Chelsea draw 2-2, Arsenal win 4-3
Chelsea draw 3-3, Arsenal win 5-4
Should Arsenal drop points, or Chelsea win, west London would secure third place, meaning no qualifying round in the Champions League.
The Blues are the only London team to take three points from Everton this season (pictued below) but the Toffees are unbeaten in the capital in the Barclays Premier League for 16 months, despite only winning four times on the road all season.
Unusually, both teams know their manager is taking charge for the last time. Rafael Benitez leaves knowing he has achieved his key objective of a top-four finish and continued Chelsea's habit of regularly winning silverware.
David Moyes departs soon for Old Trafford, a stadium at which the Pensioners have a proud and successful record. 'I want to be coming to places like this and winning,' the manager declared, 11 years ago, after a defeat at United's home.
To date he has never won there in the league, nor at Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool. Sunday will be his 46th and final attempt with the Toffees.
Chelsea's record against David Moyes in his 11 years as Everton manager
Chelsea wins 17
Everton wins 3
Chelsea goals 51
Everton goals 26
The double champions of Europe have five players who have matched or bettered the 12 goals in all competitions scored by the Merseysiders' top marksman, Marouane Fellaini, who has hit 12.
Four players at Stamford Bridge have netted double figures in the league alone. Opta report that the only Premier League sides to manage that previously were Manchester United in 1995/96 and Chelsea, twice, in 2009/10 and 2010/11.
The Londoners are aiming for a first league 'double' over the Mersey blues since 2004/05.
Sunday's Premier League matches (all kick off at 4pm)
Chelsea v Everton
Liverpool v QPR
Manchester City v Norwich
Newcastle v Arsenal (Sky Sports)
Southampton v Stoke
Swansea v Fulham
Tottenham v Sunderland (Sky Sports)
West Brom v Manchester United
West Ham v Reading
Wigan v Aston Villa
The race for the Premier League Golden Glove
Joe Hart 18
Petr Cech 14
Pepe Reina 13
Asmir Begovic 12
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It's the last game of the season - or is it? Former Blue Clive Walker assesses how Chelsea might win and avoid an unwanted third/fourth place play-off.
'The timing of the Europa League final is a tricky one for Rafael Benitez and the players. After such a high, a brilliant win, all that adrenalin of a big UEFA final, how do you get up for a regular league game?
'Normally you play a final at the end, go off and have the summer to enjoy thinking about it. That is not the case this season and third place still has to be cemented.
'It's a tough one, but the good thing is we now know we're in the Champions League, it's just a matter of whether there is the qualifying round to face.
'Having had such a long, hard season, you might say to the players: 'unless you want extra games, you better get these three points!
'The players will motivate themselves of course. To them it is one last heave and hopefully everyone leaves for America happy. We don't want this play-off with Arsenal.
'The other slight complication for Chelsea is it is David Moyes's last game and his players will want to do right by him. Phil Neville is retiring too - but he has a knee injury anyway.
'Other than ending on a high they have nothing to play for really and cannot be caught by Liverpool, which is obviously a comfort to them.
'There may be fatigue and a few more bumps and strains to contend with, so we might see a few of the less-common starters in the side.
'With Everton you're up against Marouane Fellaini, who is physically awkward and puts himself about - a big threat. Frank Lampard, who must be absolutely buzzing after the week he's had, might be asked about playing there for a third game in a nine days.
'He also has a great scoring record against Everton and got both our goals there in December.
'Demba Ba can come in if it is time to give Torres a break, and the manager will pick the three behind from those who look the freshest. Maybe Marko Marin will have another chance. You'd imagine Juan Mata and Oscar have to be involved.
'Ryan Bertrand is still injured so Ashley Cole will have to start and with John Terry out, Branislav Ivanovic probably has to stay in the centre. If Ash and Cesar Azpilicueta play they can be more conservative perhaps than usual, sit back and do their defensive duties. Paulo Ferreira could step in too, don't forget - the fans would love to see him play.
'Everton have full-backs in Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines who like to bomb forward anyway. Baines links very well with Steven Pienaar down their left and that is something we have to be wary about.
'I've been quite impressed by Victor Anichebe (pictured below) this season. He has had a better season. He's not a world-beater but he will run and run and puts himself about. If we're not on our mettle he can sense it and exploit it.
'Kevin Mirallas, who gave his manager a great send-off with two goals last week against West Ham is another obvious danger.
'There may be some patching up required but it can still be a strong enough team to win and make the season truly done and dusted.'
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WE HAVE HISTORY
This fixture was first played in October 1907 and finished 2-1 to the Pensioners with both goals coming from the boot of Jimmy Windridge.
The legendary goalscorer Dixie Dean was part of a Toffees line-up humbled at the Bridge in late November 1936. The name of another marksman was on the lips of departing supporters however.
While Dean was kept in check by the superb Scots defender Allan Craig and Vic Woodley's acrobatics denied Alex Stevenson, Chelsea forward George Mills (pictured below middle) took advantage of Charlie Gee's tendency to roam forward.
With his usual shadow stuck upfield, Mills positioned himself in the centre and waited for Jimmy Argue to play the ball through for him to run onto. The trick worked three times, Mills taking the ball in his stride and rocketing his shot past the Everton keeper. The third he knocked sideways to Billy Barraclough and converted the resulting cross with his head.
Chelsea had taken the lead after 15 minutes through England international Sam Weaver, from a corner.
Back to today and Everton have not won at the Bridge in the Premier League in 18 and a half years.
Chelsea are looking to extend our unbeaten home Premier League record against Everton to 18 games, although the Toffees have achieved draws on five of their last six league visits to Stamford Bridge.
The last occasion Everton came away from the Bridge with a league win was in November 1994 on the day the new North Stand was opened for the first time. Paul Rideout notched the only goal for the Toffees who were in the bottom three at the time.
Our 10 previous meetings at Stamford Bridge
2002/03 - Chelsea won 4-1
2003/04 - Drew 0-0
2004/05 - Chelsea won 1-0
2005/06 - Chelsea won 3-0
2006/07 - Drew 1-1
2007/08 - Drew 1-1
2008/09 - Drew 0-0
2009/10 - Drew 3-3
2010/11 - Drew 1-1
2011/12 - Chelsea won 3-1
The reverse fixture this season
30 December 2012 Barclays Premier League
Pienaar 1 Lampard 41, 71
Chelsea v Everton in all competitions
Games played 167
Chelsea wins 64
Everton wins 51
Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 73
Chelsea wins 36
Everton wins 12
Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
11/09/1948 - Chelsea 6-0 Everton
15/03/1913 - Chelsea 1-3 Everton
Chelsea lost in the league to Everton at Stamford Bridge: 6,749
Everton lost in London: 494
Liverpool won the league: 8,415
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,920
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Chelsea have won 11 and drawn three of our last 14 games at the Bridge since our last defeat, to Swansea in the League Cup semi-final on 9 January.
We have lost one of our last 10 Barclays Premier League games.
The Blues have opened the scoring in 25 of our 37 Premier League matches which is higher than any other club. We have gone on to win 18 games and draw six. Only West Ham have defeated us.
The Blues are 11 points better off compared to the corresponding 37 fixtures last season.
We have gained 15 points from losing positions this term. We have dropped 18 points from winning positions.
|Last six results|
|Apr 28||Swansea (h)||W 2-0|
|May 2||Basel (Europa League h)||W 3-1|
|May 5||Manchester United (a)||W 1-0|
|May 8||Tottenham (h)||D 2-2|
|May 11||Aston Villa (a)||W 2-1|
|May 15||Benfica (Europa League final, Amsterdam)||W 2-1|
Premier League scorers
Lampard 15 (5 pens), Mata 11, Hazard 9 (2 pens), Torres 7 (1 pen), Ivanovic 5, Ramires 5, Oscar 4 (1 pen), Terry 4, Ba 2, Cahill 2, D Luiz 2, Cole 1, Marin 1, Moses 1, Sturridge 1, own goals 3. Total 73
League games since
A home win: 1
A home draw: 0
A home defeat: 8
|Chelsea's post-season games|
|Thu 23 May||Manchester City (Friendly) St Louis, USA||1.30am BST (Fri)|
|Sat 25 May||Manchester City (Friendly) New York, USA||10.30pm BST|
Chelsea's next victory in front of our own supporters will be our 250th in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge.
9 League championships, last in 1987
5 FA Cups, last in 1995
1 European Cup Winners' Cup in 1985
9 FA Charity Shields (1 shared), last in 1995
Everton have used 23 players in the Premier League this season - fewer than any other club.
They have gained 22 points from losing positions over the season which is only bettered by Manchester United and Tottenham.
Everton have won 21 points from a possible 54 on the road this term. They have won at Aston Villa, Swansea, West Ham and Newcastle, drawn at Wigan, QPR, Fulham, Manchester City, Stoke, Southampton, Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool. Their losses came at West Brom, Reading, Manchester United, Norwich and Sunderland.
The Toffees have conceded three goals and kept seven clean sheets in their last nine Premier League matches which is fewer than any other club in that period.
Everton have drawn more games than any other top-flight side this term - 15.
Only Manchester United and Manchester City have lost fewer league games than Everton's six.
Leighton Baines is the only outfield player to play every minute of every league game this season.
Manager David Moyes
Days in charge: 4,083
|Everton's last 10 year Premier League history|
|Last six results|
|Apr 13||QPR (h)||W 2-0|
|Apr 16||Arsenal (a)||D 0-0|
|Apr 20||Sunderland (a)||L 0-1|
|Apr 27||Fulham (h)||W 1-0|
|May 5||Liverpool (a)||D 0-0|
|May 12||West Ham (h)||W 2-0|
2012/13 Premier League scorers
Fellaini 11, Jelavić 7, Anichebe 6, Mirallas 6, Pienaar 6, Baines 5 (2 pens), Osman 5, Naismith 3, Jagielka 2, own goals 2, Gibson 1. Total 54.
League games since
An away win: 7
An away draw: 0
An away defeat: 1
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Referee Anthony Taylor's most recent Chelsea appointment was the last time we lost at Stamford Bridge, against Swansea in the League Cup semi-final in January. His other Chelsea games this term were for our 4-1 win against Norwich in October and our goalless draw with Fulham in November.
Ramires is suspended for his red card at Villa Park last weekend.
Third place in the Barclays Premier League was safely secured by goals from our two topscorers for the season, Chelsea Player of the Year Juan Mata finding the net early in the first half with Fernando Torres scoring the winner with a sharp finish with quarter of an hour left to play.
Everton had equalised soon after Mata's opener and were tough opponents in David Moyes's final game, hitting woodwork and missing chances in the first half, but although the Toffees did have the odd opportunity in the second half as well, an improved Chelsea showing after the interval deserved to win the day.
After 69 games, we end this mammoth season with the Europa League trophy and a guaranteed place in next season's Champions League group stage.
There was a first start at Stamford Bridge for freshly crowned Chelsea Young Player of the Year Nathan Ake, alongside Frank Lampard in midfield. Wednesday's hero Branislav Ivanovic was right-back today with David Luiz back in defence alongside Gary Cahill.
On the bench was Andreas Christensen - part of the team that made this season's FA Youth Cup final. The 17-year-old Dane is a central defender who can also play at right-back.
Everton were forced into one change by an injury to midfielder Leon Osman. Steven Naismith came in.
Prior to kick-off on sunny May afternoon at the Bridge, there were fine scenes with Bobby Tambling presenting a golden boot to Frank Lampard to mark the changing hands of Chelsea's all-time goalscoring record. It helped generate a buzz around the Bridge that continued throughout an entertaining and quite open first half.
Dozy defending by the Toffees almost opened the door for Chelsea with three minutes played, Ba latching onto an unattended ball inside the penalty area. Sylvain Distin slid in desperately to block as our centre-forward shot. That set a pattern for the game.
Gary Cahill snuffed out a chance for Anichibe in similar fashion at the other end and then tackled the Everton striker with seven minutes played, beginning a counter-attack that resulted in Chelsea taking the lead. Oscar drove deep into the Everton half and passed out to Ba. Tim Howard saved the Senegalese's shot but Mata was there to snap up the loose ball. It was his 20th goal of the season on his 64 appearance. Along with Oscar and Torres, he was playing a record number of games for a Chelsea player in one campaign.
Having gone behind and with little left to play for except pride and to give their manager a good send off, Everton might have taken that early set-back badly, but instead they had more of the game for the next quarter of an hour.
Naismith shot wide with a first-time effort before the Scot levelled the score with 13 minutes played. David Luiz didn't control a long ball that came his way and as it bounced loose, Naismith exchanged passes with Anichebe and beat a stranded Cech.
Four minutes later the visitors hit the post, twice. Darron Gibson was allowed room to shot outside the area and it deflected off Ake before cannoning off the woodwork, onto Cech and then back onto the post before bouncing away to safety.
The score remained 1-1 and Torres headed a cross wide for Chelsea and Ake wasn't too far away with a 29th-minute strike from nearly 30 yards out.
But Everton continued to carry a threat and there was relief when Kevin Mirallas could only paddle a cross into the hands of Cech.
Howard punched out a Mata effort soon after and as Everton counter-attacked, Torres tripped Coleman at the expense of a booking.
Mirallas hooked a 38th-minute shot only just over Cech's bar and then had a shot hit the back of David Luiz, those moments coming after what had been a promising spell for Chelsea at the other end of the pitch.
With three minutes to go before half-time, the best Chelsea move of the game was unfortunately not finished off by Lampard, a succession of quick first-time passes through the middle ended with the 203-goal man firing wide.
Unlike for the first goal of the game, when Howard couldn't hold Cahill's shot two minutes after the restart, there was no one on hand to reach the loose ball before an Everton player did. The danger had come from a Mata corner.
On 52 minutes Mata sought out Ba with a pass into the area from wide but once again Distin was able to block, as he did again two minutes later to send a possibly goal-bound shot wide. In between those two incidents. Ivanovic got plenty of power but no direction on a shot when a corner came his way.
It was however better pressure from Chelsea than in the first half, with a succession of shots blocked deep inside the Everton area. On 59 minutes Oscar's centre to Cole was unfortunately played a touch behind the full-back, whose back-heel attempt as he adjusted his run didn't come off.
Chelsea went close to opening up Everton when after good foraging by Ake inside our half, Ba picked out Mata near the penalty spot but a combination of Baines and Distin snuffed out the danger. That was Ba's last contribution with Victor Moses his 65th-minute replacement. The new arrival was soon fouled by another substitute, Jonny Heitinga, for the game's second booking.
Everton should have taken the lead on 73 minutes, Baines springing forward after a mistake by Ivanovic who had recently shot wide at the other end. The ball was played to unmarked Nikica Jelavic but the striker, who had come on at the same time as the other substitutes, slid his shot wide from close range.
Chelsea made them pay for that miss by taking the lead just two minutes later. Ake won the ball again to start the move. Oscar ran into space on the right and clipped a ball up to Moses. The Nigerian nodded down to Torres who sweetly rifled the ball between Howard and his near post. With inches to aim at, it was deadly accurate finishing and his 22nd goal of the season.
Cech saved twice from Jelavic before the end, Howard once from Moses.
Cesar Azpilicueta came on late in the game and played in an attacking role wide on the right, and there were a few minutes of action for Paulo Ferreira, who came on to a tremendous reception and had his every touch cheered.
Everton pushed Marouane Fellaini up front for the last few minutes and played the ball up to him from the back but they couldn't trouble Cech. A good week for Chelsea Football Club was complete.
It was Ferreira, at the end of his ninth season for Chelsea, who carried the Europa League trophy on to the pitch for the traditional lap of appreciation and he, plus John Terry and Frank Lampard took the microphone to thank the fans for their support in a campaign with so many games.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, David Luiz, Cole; Lampard (c), Ake; Oscar (Ferreira 88), Mata (Azpilicueta 82), Torres; Ba (Moses 65).
Unused subs Turnbull, Christensen, Benayoun, Marin.
Scorers Mata 7, Torres 76.
Booked Torres 34, David Luiz 81
Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard; Coleman, Jagielka (c), Distin, Baines; Gibson, Fellaini; Naismith (Heitinga 66), Pienaar, Mirallas; Anichebe (Jelavic 66).
Unused subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Duffy, Oviedo, Barkley.
Scorer Naismith 14.
Booked Fellaini 57, Heitinga 70.
Referee Anthony Taylor.