IN PICTURES: THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD

Posted on: Thu 02 Jan 2014

With four games, Christmas, a new year, and plenty more besides, it's been a busy time for our players on and off the pitch. The official Chelsea website takes a lot back at the past couple of weeks in the form of images...

Bridge Kids Party

Ashley Cole receives a birthday cake at the annual Bridge Kids Christmas Party, where the children also sung 'Happy Birthday' to our left-back.

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The players then visited the Chelsea and Westminster hospital to provide some welcome Christmas cheer to the children who would be spending the festive period in hospital.

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Earlier that afternoon, our Spanish trio of Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and Cesar Azpilicueta took part in a ground-breaking live Facebook Q and A at Stamford Bridge. En route to the studio at the top of the Matthew Harding Stand, Torres captured the moment, with the Brompton Cemetery visible in the background.

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Two days before Christmas we travelled to the Emirates to take on league leaders Arsenal. Here, some travelling Chelsea supporters get in the spirit.

Mourinho Chelsea

Before what proved to be hard-fought encounter, which ended goalless, our former player and coach Ray Wilkins caught up with Jose Mourinho.

Hazard Chelsea

In the 1-0 Boxing Day success against Swansea, Mourinho thanks Eden Hazard for his match-winning performance as the Belgian is substituted.

Lampard Chelsea

There are plenty of catch-ups before our crunch clash with Liverpool three days later. Here, Frank Lampard reminisces with his former team-mate Carlo Cudicini, over from America to watch the game.

Mourinho Chelsea

Then it's the turn of Mourinho to reconvene with a former colleague, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who managed in our Academy during the Portuguese's first spell in charge.

Cahill Chelsea

On the pitch, Gary Cahill rues a missed opportunity in an entertaining first half.

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But that miss does not prove costly as the Blues recover from conceding an early goal to triumph 2-1 and move above Liverpool in the table.

Traore Chelsea 

The new year started with a new signing, as Bertrand Traore's move was finalised, the 18-year-old Burkinabe signing a four-and-a-half year contract.

David Luiz Chelsea

David Luiz, suspended for our game against Southampton on New Years' Day, chats with Roy Hodgson, the England manager, in the stands. Perhaps our defender is offering some expert advice on what Hodgson and his side can expect when they play in Brazil at the World Cup later this year...

Schurrle Chelsea

Andre Schurrle keeps his eyes on the ball in the wet and windy weather conditions at St Mary's.

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Three second-half goals ensured we took the points back to London. Here, Oscar celebrates his strike with compatriots Ramires and Willian, the latter also a goalscorer on the South Coast.