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In seventh heaven

Chelsea’s 7-1 win over Grimsby Town on Wednesday may have been the first time in 59 years we had scored seven goals in a League Cup tie but we have managed to match that tally or go beyond it on a few other occasions in the recent past.

You have to go back all the way to the inaugural tournament in 1960/61 to find the last time the Blues netted seven goals in a League Cup game.

In fact, we did it twice in our first three matches as we won 7-1 at fourth division Millwall in the opening round and 7-0 at another fourth-level side, Doncaster Rovers, in the third round.

While it took nearly six decades for the Blues to hit that mark again in England’s second cup competition, you only have to go back seven years to December 2012 to find the last time we scored seven or more in a league game.

Less than a week after appearing in the FIFA Club World Cup final in Japan, the Blues showed no signs of travel fatigue by serving up a pre-Christmas treat to the fans at Stamford Bridge with an 8-0 thumping of Aston Villa.

Ramires scored twice and Fernando Torres, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic, Frank Lampard, Oscar and Eden Hazard also got on the scoresheet as we matched our biggest-ever win in the top flight. We could even have set a new club record if Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan had not saved a Lucas Piazon penalty.

Our previous eight-goal haul in the Premier League came on a memorable final day of the 2009/10 season when we clinched the title in some style against Wigan Athletic.

The Blues led Manchester United by just a point going into our last game but a hat-trick by Didier Drogba, two goals by Nicolas Anelka and one each by Lampard, Salomon Kalou and Ashley Cole turned the sense of nervousness into one of unbridled celebration.

It put the exclamation mark on an extraordinary campaign under Carlo Ancelotti when Chelsea also got seven goals in matches against Sunderland (7-2), Aston Villa (7-1) and Stoke City (7-0) as we became the first Premier League club to score more than 100 goals in a season.

We also retained the FA Cup that season to complete the Double for the first time in club history and we began our defence of the trophy in 2010/11 with another seven-goal performance in the third round against Championship side Ipswich Town.

Daniel Sturridge and Lampard both scored twice, Kalou and Anelka each contributed a goal and Carlos Edwards put the ball into his own net on a miserable day for the Tractor Boys in west London.

While Chelsea have yet to score seven goals in a Champions League or Europa League match, we did manage to reach the mark during our victorious Cup Winners’ Cup campaign in 1997/98.

Norwegian side Tromso had beaten the Blues 3-2 on a snowbound pitch in the Arctic Circle in the first leg of our second-round tie.

However, it was a very different story when the second leg took place in more benign conditions in London as a hat-trick by Gianluca Vialli, two goals by Dan Petrescu and one each by Gianfranco Zola and Frank Leboeuf secured a 7-1 victory and a 9-4 aggregate triumph.

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