POST-SEASON BRIEFING 2012/13

Posted on: Wed 19 Jun 2013

Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton add their full stop to the season just completed…


No handles and no Handel but how we enjoyed the Europa League and the 10 days of being joint champions of Europe: Juan Mata and Fernando Torres were simultaneously holders of the FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championships, Champions League and Europa League.

The Europa was the last of a club-record eight competitions we entered this season, beginning with the Community Shield, and the only one in which absolute success was achieved. (Ten players featured in all eight.)

Despite what our north London neighbours may say, qualification for next year's Champions League is a consolation, not a trophy. The Premier League prize money was therefore shared out among the top four thus: Man United £15.095m Man City £14.34m, Chelsea £13.585m Arsenal £12.83m.

Still, given the shortfall in the remainder of the competitions, some may depict those achievements as pools of water in a desert of despair, but there were plenty of great moments on which to reflect.

Beating both Arsenal and Spurs on their own soil for the first time since 2005/06 was delightful, as were the best ever win at Stoke, the record-equalling league win over Aston Villa with seven different scorers, the defeat of Wolves by six goals, and the victory at Old Trafford in one of the final matches of Sir Alex Ferguson's historic reign.

Mata

Back-to-back Player of the Year Juan Mata's late winner ensured Chelsea were the last side to beat Ferguson's United in the Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup and Community Shield. The Blues ended up the only team to have won more Premier League games (14) than we lost (13) against his teams.

A wonderful sideshow to the main events was Frank Lampard's progress towards the club record goalscoring record. The Blues' trio of John Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and on-loan Kenneth Omeruo were also triumphant at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Within the results, though, are hidden indications of the inconsistency that prematurely ended Chelsea's title challenge. The Blues' remarkable 5-4 extra-time Capital One Cup win over Man United avoided a run of three successive defeats for the first time since almost exactly a decade ago under Claudio Ranieri.

The number of tournaments meant that the players had virtually no midweek break from club or country all season; at 21, Oscar (pictured below scoring at Anfield) made a total of 79 appearances.

Oscar scores against Liverpool

Physioroom.com reported that despite (or perhaps as a result of?) that extraordinary sequence of competitive matches, Chelsea had the joint fewest injuries of the campaign (16) and the second fewest days absent through injury (565). (Stoke City's squad were the least troubled.)

The heaviest schedule in our history understandably also brought our highest ever goals tally. Twenty per cent were netted by defenders, the same by strikers, and three per cent by opponents.

Going into this final weekend of the season in some parts of Europe, Chelsea are the fourth highest home goalscorers in all competitions across Europe's top five leagues.

José Mourinho's Real Madrid have registered the most goals with 90, followed by European champions Bayern Munich on 87 and Primera winners Barcelona, 83. After the Pensioners on 78 come Manchester United with 61. Juventus, Napoli and Carlo Ancelotti's PSG have all scored 54.


Amsterdam


The season summary
FA Premier League - third (qualified for the Champions League group stage)

Europa League - winners (qualified for the Super Cup against Bayern Munich)

FA Cup - semi-finalists

Capital One Cup - semi-finalists

FA Community Shield - runners-up

Champions League - group stage

UEFA Super Cup - runners-up

FIFA Club World Cup - runners-up

FA Youth Cup - runners-up

NextGen Series - runners-up


Major trophies won in the 10 seasons of the Roman Abramovich era - 13
1 UEFA Champions League
3 Premier League
1 UEFA Europa League
4 FA Cup
2 League Cup
2 FA Community Shield


Milestones of the season
Club record number of games in a season - 69
Beating the 64 set in 2006/07.

Most Chelsea goals in a season - 147
Beating the 142 set in 2009/10.

43 games to reach 100 goals
The second-equal fastest in our history (with 2009/10). The quickest we have achieved a ton was in 1960/61 when it took 40 games.

The first English club, and fourth overall, to win all three major UEFA competitions: the Champions League, the Cup Winners' Cup and Europa League.
The other three clubs that have achieved it are Juventus, Ajax and Bayern Munich. (The Inter-Cities Fairs Cup was not organised by UEFA.)

The first English club, and third overall, to complete the set of UEFA competitions - the three major ones plus the Super Cup.
The two other clubs are Juventus and Ajax.

First ever holders of the Champions League and Europa League at the same time.
(15-25 May 2013.)

100th win in Europe - Shakhtar Donetsk (h).

Club record Champions League win - 6-1 v FC Nordsjaelland (h).

Highest scorers in the 2012/13 Champions League group stage - 16.

Equalled all-time record highest win in the league - 8-0 v Aston Villa (h).

Scoreboard after the 8-0 win against Aston Villa


Equalled our record of six successive top-flight away wins in league and cup.
Previously achieved in 2004/05 (twice), 2005/06 and 2006/07 (twice)

Competed in a club record number of different tournaments - eight.
Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, Eden Hazard, Branislav Ivanovic, Frank Lampard, David Luiz, Juan Mata, John Mikel Obi, Ramires and Fernando Torres played in all eight.

Established a new FA Cup record for games unbeaten in open play - 29.

Most different goalscorers in a match against Wolves (League Cup) since Burnley at home in the FA Cup in January 1978 - six.
That was also our 50th home win in the competition.

The 6-0 win against Wolves was our biggest win at Stamford Bridge in the League Cup

Record penalties awarded - 18.
Surpassing the 16 set in 1988/89.

Fourth occasion we have knocked a team out in both domestic cups in the same season - Manchester United 2012/13.
Previous occasions: Leeds 1969/70, Bolton 1971/72, Blackburn 2006/07.

Six players have scored 10 or more goals in a season, equalling last season's club record.

This season has seen a club-record for different penalty takers - seven.
Takers: Hazard, Lampard, D Luiz, Oscar, Piazon, Romeu, Torres. Our previous record was six in 1984/85: Dixon, C Lee, Nevin, Spackman, Speedie, Thomas.

Club record Chelsea goals - Frank Lampard, 203.

Lampard

Frank Lampard became the first player ever to scorer 10 or more league goals in 10 consecutive Premier League seasons.

He also equalled Andy Cole's record of scoring against 38 different teams in the Premier League.

Club all-time highest top-flight league scorer - Frank Lampard, 141.

Club all-time highest FA Cup scorer - Frank Lampard, 26.

Petr Cech has kept the most completed clean sheets for a single club in the Premier League era, previously set by Arsenal's David Seaman - 142.

Fernando Torres scored in a club-record number of different competitions - seven.
Beating Andriy Shevchenko's five in 2006/07.

600 Chelsea appearances - Frank Lampard.
The third highest all-time for Chelsea.

400 Chelsea appearances - Petr Cech.
The club's first overseas player to reach that milestone.

300 Chelsea appearances - Ashley Cole.

200 Chelsea appearances - Branislav Ivanovic.

100 Chelsea appearances - David Luiz, Juan Mata, Ramires, Fernando Torres.

100 Chelsea appearances in Europe - Frank Lampard, John Terry.

100 career appearances in Europe (for Chelsea and Arsenal) - Ashley Cole.

50 Chelsea goals - John Terry.

100 career international caps - Fernando Torres, Ashley Cole, Petr Cech.

Barclays Premier League Player of the Month (October): Juan Mata.

Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month (April): Rafael Benitez.

Juan Mata, Oscar, Fernando Torres and Petr Cech played more games for Chelsea in a season than any other in our history.

Cech

400th Premier League appearance - Frank Lampard
Against Swansea (h), the first Chelsea player to do so, and the first non-Liverpool or Man Utd player to reach that milestone for one club.

Nathan Ake became the youngest winner of the Europa League, at 18 and Frank Lampard the oldest winner, at 34.

Chelsea FC awards
Player of the Year - Juan Mata.
Players' Player of the Year - Juan Mata.
Young Player of the Year - Nathan Ake.
Goal of the Season - Oscar against Juventus at Stamford Bridge.
Special Recognition award - Frank Lampard.

 

UEFA Team Rankings 2013
1 Barcelona 157.605
2 Bayern Munich 146.922
3 Chelsea 137.592
4 Real Madrid 136.605
5 Man Utd 130.592
6 Arsenal 113.592
7 Inter Milan 105.829
8 Porto 104.833
9 Benfica 102.833
10 Valencia 102.605

(Liverpool are 17th, Man City are 22nd)

 

All-time Premier League top ten
Seasons Points
1 Man Utd 21 1752
2 Arsenal 21 1522
3 Chelsea 21 1477
4 Liverpool 21 1395
5 Tottenham 21 1158
6 Aston Villa 21 1130
7 Everton 21 1097
8 Newcastle 19 1058
9 Blackburn 18 970
10 Man City 16 862

 

Season summary (all competitions)
Played 69, won 39 drawn 14, lost 16, goals 147, goals against 82, clean sheets 21, failed to score 10.

Total appearances (including as substitute) - 69
Mata 64, Oscar 64, Torres 64, Cech 63, Hazard 62, Ramires 62, Ivanovic 59, D Luiz 57, Cole 51, Lampard 50, Azpilicueta 48, Cahill 45, Moses 43, Bertrand 38, Mikel 38, Terry 27, Ba 22, Marin 16, Benayoun 13, Sturridge 12, Romeu 9, Ferreira 7, Turnbull 7, Ake 6, Meireles 3, Piazon 3.

Appearances (starts plus subs) - 69
Cech 63, Ivanovic 57+2, Mata 55+9, Ramires 54+8, D Luiz 54+3, Torres 51+13, Cole 50+1, Hazard 49+13, Oscar 43+21, Azpilicueta 43+5, Cahill 43+2, Lampard 39+11, Mikel 32+6, Moses 27+16, Bertrand 26+12, Terry 24+3, Ba 17+5, Romeu 7+2, Turnbull 6+1, Marin 5+11, Benayoun 4+9, Ake 3+3, Sturridge 2+10, Ferreira 2+5, Piazon 2+1, Meireles 1+2.

Goals - 147
Torres 22 (1 pen), Mata 20, Lampard 17 (6 pens), Hazard 13 (3 pens), Oscar 12 (1 pen), Moses 10, Ramires 9, Ivanovic 8, D Luiz 7 (2 pens), Ba 6, Cahill 6, Terry 6, Bertrand 2, Sturridge 2, Cole 1, Marin 1, Romeu 1 (pen), own goals 4.

Assists - 149
Assists are judged not for the last touch but by the subjective view of the statistician for a crucial part played in the goal.
Mata 37, Hazard 25, Oscar 16, Torres 13, Lampard 10, Ramires 9, Moses 7, Azpilicueta 6, D Luiz 6, Cahill 4, Cole 4, Ivanovic 4, Ba 2, Piazon 2, Marin 1, Romeu 1, Sturridge 1, Terry 1.

Minutes on pitch - 6,618
Cech 5998, Ivanovic 5278, D Luiz 5206, Mata 5149, Ramires 5025, Torres 4934, Hazard 4731, Cole 4674, Oscar 4415, Cahill 4203, Azpilicueta 4166, Lampard 3682, Mikel 2939, Bertrand 2709, Moses 2537, Terry 2247, Ba 1503, Turnbull 620, Romeu 505, Marin 446, Benayoun 417, Sturridge 382, Ake 302, Ferreira 248, Piazon 169, Meireles 114.

Players substituted - 174
Mata 30, Hazard 23, Oscar 18, Moses 15, Mikel 11, Torres 11, Lampard 10, Ramires 10, Ba 8, Ivanovic 5, Marin 5, Benayoun 4, Bertrand 4, Cole 4, D Luiz 4, Romeu 4, Azpilicueta 2, Terry 2,Cahill 1, Cech 1, Meireles 1, Piazon 1.

Unused substitutes - 315
Turnbull 61, Ferreira 33, Marin 24, Bertrand 22, Terry 17, Ake 15, Azpilicueta 15, Romeu 15, Benayoun 13, Cahill 13, Piazon 10, Hilário 9, Mikel 8, Moses 8, Cole 7, Ivanovic 6, Lampard 6, Ba 5, Essien 4, Oscar 4, Saville 4, Torres 4, D Luiz 3, Meireles 2, Ramires 2, Sturridge 2, Christensen 1, Hazard 1, Mata 1.

League appearances - 38
Cech 36, Ivanovic 33+1, Mata 31+4, Hazard 31+3, Cole 31, D Luiz 29+1, Torres 28+8, Ramires 28+7, Oscar 24+10, Azpilicueta 24+3, Cahill 24+2, Lampard 21+8, Mikel 19+3, Bertrand 14+5, Moses 12+11, Ba 11+3, Terry 11+3, Romeu 4+2, Marin 2+4, Turnbull 2+1, Sturridge 1+6, Ake 1+2, Meireles 1+2, Benayoun 0+6, Ferreira 0+2, Piazon 0+1.

League goals - 75
Lampard 15 (5 pens), Mata 12, Hazard 9 (2 pens), Torres 8 (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.

UEFA Super Cup appearances - 1
Cahill 1, Cech 1, Cole 1, Hazard 1, Ivanovic 1, Lampard 1, D Luiz 1, Mata 1, Mikel 1, Ramires 1, Torres 1, Bertrand 0+1, Oscar 0+1, Sturridge 0+1.

UEFA Super Cup goals - 1
Cahill 1.

UEFA Champions League appearances - 6
Cech 6, Ivanovic 6, D Luiz 6, Ramires 6, Mata 5+1, Oscar 5+1, Torres 5+1, Cole 5, Hazard 4+2, Mikel 4+1, Cahill 4, Lampard 3, Moses 2+2, Terry 2, Bertrand 1+2, Azpilicueta 1, Romeu 1, Sturridge 0+2, Ferreira 0+1.

UEFA Champions League goals - 16
Oscar 5, Mata 3, Torres 3, D Luiz 2 (1 pen), Cahill 1, Moses 1, Ramires 1.

UEFA Europa League appearances - 9
Cech 9, Torres 9, Azpilicueta 8, Ramires 8, Lampard 7, D Luiz 7, Terry 6, Mata 5+3, Hazard 5+2, Ivanovic 5+1, Moses 5+1, Bertrand 5, Oscar 4+5, Cahill 4, Benayoun 3+2, Mikel 3+1, Cole 3, Marin 1+2, Ake 1+1, Ferreira 1.

UEFA Europa League goals - 17
Torres 6, Moses 4, D Luiz 2, Hazard 1, Ivanovic 1, Mata 1, Oscar 1, Terry 1.

FIFA Club World Cup appearances - 2
Cahill 2, Cech 2, Cole 2, Hazard 2, Ivanovic 2, D Luiz 2, Mata 2, Torres 2, Azpilicueta 1+1, Lampard 1+1, Moses 1+1, Oscar 1+1, Mikel 1, Ramires 1, Ferreira 0+1, Marin 0+1.

FIFA Club World Cup goals - 3
Mata 1, Torres 1, own goal 1.

FA Cup appearances - 7
Oscar 6+1, Ivanovic 6, Ramires 6, Ba 5+1, D Luiz 5+1, Mata 5+1, Cech 5, Cole 5, Azpilicueta 4+1, Moses 4+1, Cahill 4, Hazard 3+3, Bertrand 3+2, Lampard 3+1, Terry 3, Torres 2+3, Mikel 2+1, Turnbull 2, Marin 1+2, Benayoun 1+1, Ake 1, Ferreira 1.

FA Cup goals - 17
Ba 4, Lampard 2 (1 pen), Moses 2, Oscar 2, Ramires 2, Hazard 1, Ivanovic 1, Mata 1, Terry 1, Torres 1.

Capital One Cup appearances - 5
Azpilicueta 5, Mata 5, Cahill 4, Oscar 3+2, Bertrand 3+1, D Luiz 3+1, Ramires 3+1, Torres 3+1, Cech 3, Ivanovic 3, Moses 3, Hazard 2+3, Cole 2+1, Lampard 2+1, Piazon 2, Romeu 2, Turnbull 2, Marin 1+2, Ba 1+1, Mikel 1, Sturridge 1, Terry 1, Ferreira 0+1.

Capital One Cup goals - 16
Cahill 2, Hazard 2 (1 pen), Mata 2, Moses 2, Torres 2, Bertrand 1, Ivanovic 1, D Luiz 1 (pen), Ramires 1, Romeu 1 (pen), Sturridge 1.

FA Community Shield appearances - 1
Cech 1, Cole 1, Hazard 1, Ivanovic 1, Lampard 1, D Luiz 1, Mata 1, Mikel 1, Ramires 1, Terry 1, Torres 1, Bertrand 0+1, Sturridge 0+1.

FA Community Shield goals - 2
Bertrand 1, Torres 1.

Penalties won - 18
Hazard 3, Mata 3, Ramires 3, Moses 2, Ba 1, Cahill 1, Oscar 1, Piazon 1, Torres 1, handball 2.

Hazard Chelsea

Penalties scored - 14
Lampard 6 (Wigan a, Reading h, Southampton FAC, Stoke a, Arsenal h, Swansea PL h), Hazard 3 (Newcastle h, Man Utd LC, Liverpool a), D Luiz 2 (Man Utd LC, Nordsjælland CL h), Oscar 1 (Aston Villa h), Romeu 1 (Wolves LC), Torres 1 (Sunderland a).

Penalties missed - 4
Hazard 1 (Nordsjaelland CL h, saved), Lampard 1 (Man City a, saved), Piazon 1 (Aston Villa h, saved), Torres 1 (Steaua Bucharest UEL h, hit crossbar).

Penalties conceded - 9
Azpilicueta 4 (Man Utd LC, Rubin Kazan UEL a, Basel UEL a, Benfica UEL), Terry 2 (Stoke a, Rubin Kazan UEL h), Bertrand 1 (Steaua Bucharest UEL a), Cahill 1 (Nordsjaelland CL h), Turnbull 1 (Brentford FAC a).

Penalty concessions - 7
Cech 6 (Man Utd LC, Steaua Bucharest UEL a, Rubin Kazan UEL h & a, Basel UEL a, Benfica UEL), Turnbull 1 (Brentford FAC a).

Opponents' penalties saved - 1
Cech 1 (Nordsjaelland CL h).

Opponents' penalties missed - 1
Walters (Stoke a). Cech in goal.

Clean sheets - 21
Cech 20, Turnbull 1.

Captains - 69
Terry 24, Lampard 22, Cech 21, Cole 2.

John Terry

Strikes on woodwork - 18
Lampard 3 (Basel UEL h, Aston Villa a, Benfica UEL), Torres 3 (Sunderland a, Steaua Bucharest (pen) UEL h, Basel UEL a), Moses 2 (Nordsjaelland a, Southampton PL a), Oscar 2 (Brentford FAC h, Man Utd PL a), Ramires 2 (Southampton h, Sparta Prague UEL h), Hazard (Man Utd LC), Ivanovic (QPR h), D Luiz (Man Utd LC), Mata (West Ham a), Evans own post (Man Utd PL h), Stokholm own crossbar (Nordsjaelland h),

Opponents' strikes on woodwork - 24
Falcao 2 (Atlético Madrid n), Jelavić 2 (Everton a), Van Persie 2 (Man Utd PL h), Walters 2 (Stoke h, Stoke a), Anichebe (Everton a), Cech own post (Everton h), Emerson (Corinthians), F Frei (Basel UEL h), Gardner (Sunderland a), Gibson (Everton h), John (Nordsjaelland a), Lichtsteiner (Juventus a), D Luiz own post (Atlético Madrid n), Marcano (Rubin Kazan UEL a), Quagliarella (Juventus h), Raţ (Shakhtar Donetsk h), Salah (Basel UEL a), Stocker (Basel UEL a), Sturridge (Liverpool a), Weimann (Aston Villa h),

Own goals - 4
Walters 2 (Stoke a), Chavez (Monterrey FCWC), Kilgallon (Sunderland h)

Chelsea own goals - 2
Azpilicueta (Sunderland h), D Luiz (Man Utd PL h)

Opponents sent off - 2
Rafael (Man Utd PL a, serious foul play), Benteke (Aston Villa a, two yellows)

Sent off - 6
Ivanovic 2 (Man City CS, serious foul play, Man Utd PL h, denying a goalscoring opportunity), Torres (Man Utd PL h, two yellows), Cahill (Corinthians, violent conduct), Hazard (Swansea LC a, violent conduct), Ramires (Aston Villa a, two yellows).

Abused - 114
Incidents involving a Chelsea player that led to an opponent being booked or sent off.
Hazard 20, Oscar 17, Ramires 16, Torres 11, Mata 10, Moses 5, Cole 3, Ivanovic* 3, Azpilicueta 2, Ba 2, D Luiz 2, Mikel 2, Sturridge 2, Terry 2, Ake 1, Bertrand 1, Cech 1, Lampard 1, Romeu 1, General 12 (simulation 4, throwing/kicking the ball away 4, dissent 1, shirt off goal celebration 1, encroaching at free kick 1, handball 1).
Most in one game: Sparta Prague h, Liverpool a - 5. Fewest: Newcastle h, Atlético Madrid SC, QPR a, Wolves LC, Norwich h, WBA a, Fulham h, Monterrey FCWC, Leeds LC, Aston Villa h, Southampton h, Swansea LC a, Brentford FAC a & h, Man Utd FAC a - 0.
*Luis Suarez (Liverpool a) subsequently suspended for 10 games following a charge of violent conduct for biting Ivanovic.

Cautioned - 100
D Luiz 16, Ramires 13, Azpilicueta 8, Cole 7, Mikel 7, Bertrand 6, Ivanovic 6, Oscar 6, Torres 5, Lampard 4, Mata 4, Cahill 3, Hazard 3, Marin 3, Cech 2, Romeu 2, Terry 2, Ba 1, Benayoun 1, Turnbull 1
Most in one game: Man City CS, Man Utd LC 5. Fewest: Reading h, Wolves LC, Nordsjaelland a, Norwich h, WBA a, Man City h, Monterrey FCWC, Aston Villa h, Southampton FAC, Stoke a, Swansea LC a, Middlesbrough FAC, West Ham h, Sunderland h 0

Community Shield cautions - 5
Bertrand 1, Cole 1, Lampard 1, Mikel 1, Ramires 1.

Domestic cautions - 72
D Luiz 11, Ramires 10, Azpilicueta 6, Ivanovic 5, Torres 5, Mata 4, Mikel 4, Oscar 4, Bertrand 3, Cole 3, Hazard 3, Lampard 3, Cahill 2, Cech 2, Marin 2, Romeu 2, Ba 1, Terry 1, Turnbull 1.

European cautions - 22
D Luiz 4, Cole 3, Azpilicueta 2, Bertrand 2, Mikel 2, Oscar 2, Ramires 2, Benayoun 1, Cahill 1, Ivanovic 1 (Super Cup), Marin 1, Terry 1.

Club World Cup cautions - 1
D Luiz 1.

Suspended - 19
Terry 5 (Atlético Madrid SC, Tottenham a, Man Utd PL h, Man Utd LC, Swansea a), Hazard 3 (Brentford FAC a, Reading a, Newcastle a), Mikel 3 (Sunderland a, Leeds LC, Aston Villa h), D Luiz 2 (West Ham a, Sparta Prague EL a), Ramires 2 (Leeds LC, Everton h), Ivanovic 1 (Man Utd LC), Cahill 1 (Leeds LC), Cole 1 (Basel EL h), Torres 1 (Man Utd LC).
(Ivanovic's suspension for the Community Shield red card was for three non-first team matches.)

Games missed through injury and illness or lack of match fitness - 169
Romeu 43, Terry 20, Sturridge 14, Lampard 12, Marin 10, Bertrand 9, Cahill 9, Cole 9, Mikel 8, D Luiz 7, Cech 5, Hilário 5, Hazard 3, Kakuta 3, Blackman 2, Mata 2, Piazon 2, Ramires 2, Azpilicueta 1, Benayoun 1, Moses 1, Turnbull 1.

Games missed as a result of internationals - 21
Mikel 11, Moses 9, Oscar 1.

Games missed for personal reasons - 2
Mata 1 (given two weeks' holiday after Euro 2012 and 2012 Olympics), Cahill 1 (to be at the birth of his child)

Games missed through ineligibilty - 9
Ba 9 (cup-tied in Europa League).

Golden Boot - 270 goals
Goals scored in first team, U21s, U19s and U18s competitive games.
Torres 22, Mata 20, Feruz 19, Lampard 17, Baker 14, Hazard 13, Kiwomya 13, Oscar 12, Boga 11, Moses 10, Ramires 9, Ivanovic 8, Hunte 7, D Luiz 7, Ba 6, Cahill 6, Terry 6, Bamford 5, own goals 5, Mitchell 4, Starkey 4, Swift 4, B Clifford 3, G Cole 3, Gnahore 3, Houghton 3, Kandi 3, Marin 3, Piazon 3, Saville 3, Ake 2, Bertrand 2, Colkett 2, Loftus-Cheek 2, Solanke 2, Sturridge 2, Christensen 1, A Cole 1, Dabo 1, Davey 1, Deen-Conteh 1, Figueira 1, Howard 1, Kane 1, Lalkovic 1, Phillip 1, Romeu 1, Ssewankambo 1.

Loan players' appearances (as at 29 May)
Affane (Roda JC) 9+7, Ashton (Charlton) 0, Bamford (MK Dons) 11+3, Benayoun (West Ham) 4+2, Bruma (Hamburg) 11+8, Chalobah (Watford) 38+4, B Clifford (Colchester) 18, C Clifford (Portsmouth) 0+3, C Clifford (Crawley) 0+1, Courtois (Atlético Madrid) 45, Davila (Sabadell) 22+13, De Bruyne (Werder Bremen) 34, Delac (Vitória Guimaräes) 1, Delac (Inter Zaprešic) 14, Essien (Real Madrid) 30+4, Figueira (Brentford) 0, B Gordon (Birmingham) 2, T Hazard (Zulte Waregem) 35+2, Hutchinson (Nottingham Forest) 6+3, Ince (Yeovil) 1+3, Kakuta (Vitesse Arnham) 25+1, Kalas (Vitesse Arnham) 39+1, Kane (Preston) 5, Kane (Blackburn) 13+1, Lalkovic (Vitória Guimaräes) 0+10, Lukaku (West Brom) 23+15, McEachran (Middlesbrough) 35+3, Nkumu (Yeovil) 0+1, Nkumu (Colchester) 0, Omeruo (Den Haag) 27+2, Osmanovic (Lärje-Angereds) 0, Piazon (Malaga) 4+10, Pirez (Leganes) 3+6, Saville (Millwall) 2+1, Van Aanholt (Vitesse Arnham) 39, Walker (Bristol Rovers) 14, Walker (Colchester) 19, Wallace (Fluminense) 3+2.

Romelu Lukaku in action for West Brom

Loan players goals (as at 29 May)
Lukaku (WBA) 17 (2 pens), De Bruyne (Werder Bremen) 10, Chalobah (Watford) 5, Davila (Sabadell) 5, T Hazard (Zulte Waregem) 5, Bamford (MK Dons) 4, Van Aanholt (Vitesse Arnham) 2, Affane (Roda JC) 1, Bruma (Hamburg) 1, B Clifford (Colchester) 1, C Clifford (Portsmouth) 1, Essien (Real Madrid) 1, Hutchinson (Nottingham Forest) 1, Kakuta (Vitesse Arnham) 1, Kalas (Vitesse Arnham) 1, Pirez (Leganes) 1.

Loan players clean sheets (as at 29 May)
Courtois (Atlético Madrid) 24, Walker (Colchester) 7, Delac (Inter Zaprešic) 4.

Chelsea old boys' appearances against Chelsea
Cork 3, Di Santo 2, Huth 2, Wright-Phillips 2, C Cole 1+1, Bosingwa 1, Courtois 1 (whilst on loan), Duff 1, Gallas 1, Johnson 1, Matic 1, Parker 1, Sidwell 1, Nouble 0+1, Sturridge 0+1.

Chelsea old boys goals against Chelsea
C Cole 1, Gallas 1, Sturridge 1, Wright-Phillips 1.

Former players or managers in charge of opposition sides
Steve Clarke 2, Brendan Rodgers 2, Andre Villa-Boas 2, Mark Hughes 1.

Total Chelsea appearances including subs
Lampard 608, Terry 574, Cech 432, A Cole 312, Mikel 277, Essien 247, Malouda 229, Ivanovic 219, Ferreira 217, Ramires 150, Torres 131, Mata 118, D Luiz 109, Cahill 64, Oscar 64, Hazard 62, Bertrand 54, Azpilicueta 48, Moses 43, Hilário 39, Romeu 33, Benayoun 24, Ba 22, McEachran 22, Turnbull 19, Kakuta 16, Marin 16, Lukaku 12, Bruma 10, Van Aanholt 8, Ake 6, Hutchinson 6, Piazon 3.

Total Chelsea appearances (starts plus subs)
Lampard 561+47, Terry 550+24, Cech 431+1, A Cole 301+11, Mikel 224+53, Essien 218+29, Ivanovic 203+16, Malouda 173+56, Ferreira 167+50, Ramires 131+19, Mata 102+16, D Luiz 102+7, Torres 94+37, Cahill 59+5, E Hazard 49+13, Oscar 43+21, Azpilicueta 43+5, Bertrand 39+15, Hilário 35+4, Moses 27+16, Romeu 24+9, Ba 17+5, Turnbull 16+3, Benayoun 7+17, McEachran 7+15, Kakuta 5+11, Marin 5+11, Lukaku 4+8, Bruma 3+7, Van Aanholt 3+5, Ake 3+3, Hutchinson 2+4, Piazon 2+1.

Total goals
Lampard 203 (48 pens), Terry 55, Malouda 45, Torres 34 (1 pen), Mata 32 (1 pen), Essien 25, Ramires 23, Ivanovic 22, Hazard 13 (3 pens), D Luiz 12 (2 pens), Oscar 12 (1 pen), Moses 10, Cahill 8, A Cole 7, Ba 6, Bertrand 2, Ferreira 2, Mikel 2, Benayoun 1, Marin 1, Romeu 1 (pen), Van Aanholt 1.


The Pre-Match Briefing Special Mentions

Animal - The Stamford Pigeon, goal-hanging during Chelsea 4 Wigan 1 in February.

Mineral - The paint the squad messed about in for Mark Zibert's memorable 'It's blue - what else matters?' campaign.

The Mask - Fernando 'Zorres' Torres.

Torres

Can we play you every week? - Jon Walters of Stoke City: two own goals, a volley into his own face and a missed penalty.

Chant No.1 - Stoke fans in solidarity with Walters: 'Super, super Jon, super Jonny Walters!' Chelsea fans in response: 'Super, super Jon, super Jonny Walters!'

Admission - 'Your Matas - Juan Matas, your Hazards.' - Paul Scholes when asked by Gary Neville, 'What players in the Premier League do you look at and say, "I like watching them play"?'

Goal -  'I won't say it's nice to concede a goal, but it's still nice to be a part of a great goal like that. Compliments to him.' Juventus's generous goalie Gigi Buffon after Oscar's stunning strike.

Respect Due - 'He will go right to the very top' - Harry Redknapp rejects criticism of teenager Frank Lampard and tips him for greatness in a video that emerged of a 1996 West Ham fans' evening.

Save - 'How on earth was that even possible?!' Man United striker Javier Hernandez to Petr Cech after his acrobatic stop in the FA Cup at the Bridge.

Media Focus - David Luiz's smile was evidently a worse offence than Rafael violently kicking him.

Loan Star - Romelu Lukaku at West Bromwich Albion became the highest-scoring teenager in the Premier League since Michael Owen in 1999.

Chant No.2 - 'Happy birthday to you... ' - The Matthew Harding choir to Basel fans and their terrace flares.

Diplomatic Coup - 'It was highly unprofessional for Luís Suarez to bite Branislav Ivanovic.' - Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe.

Blue Planet - 'Blueeee', 'Ashley Cole' and 'Chelsea' - Southampton full-back Luke Shaw's replies to Twitter questions about his favourite colour, shirt-swap and football team respectively. 'I'm Chelsea until death' - FC Porto's Kelvin.

Salt in Wound - At the Europa League final Yossi Benayoun became the 24th player to have won a trophy after leaving Arsenal, since they last won one. Ashley Cole has won nine.

Head Waiter - Marko Marin, 5ft 7in tall, scoring a diving header against Wigan in February.

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Prescience - 'I hope the travelling affects them - but I don't think it will.' Aston Villa's Paul Lambert on Chelsea's Club World Cup exertions. The Blues beat his side 8-0.

MI5 Audition - David Luiz eavesdropping Tottenham manager André Villas-Boas's pitch-side pep-talk with Lewis Holtby at the Bridge in May.

Gone But Never Forgotten - All those past Chelsea players, staff and supporters who are no longer with us. Thank you all.