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Quartet recall delightful days at the Bridge

DI MATTEO, POYET, HASSELBAINK & DESAILLY - Annual Lunch 2018

Four players who graced Stamford Bridge in the late 1990s and early 2000s were brought back together in December as they looked back on their memorable Chelsea careers.

Club legends Roberto Di Matteo, the man who guided us to Champions League glory in 2012, Marcel Desailly, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Gus Poyet were the special guests at the 2018 Annual Lunch and the quartet thrilled guests by sharing jokes and telling stories from their time at the club.

The late 90s and early 2000s are fondly remembered by supporters as we enjoyed great success for the first time in many years, playing some wonderful football along the way and attracting some of the biggest names in the game.

In 1997 the FA Cup was secured, with Di Matteo scoring the opener at Wembley inside the first minute, and a year later two further trophies were added to the Stamford Bridge cabinet, the League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup, before another FA Cup arrived in 2000.

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Among other topics, Desailly revealed why the likes of Alan Shearer and Dion Dublin were such tough opponents and how he required a period of adjustment after moving to Stamford Bridge.

The Frenchman, who skippered the Blues, also explained why he feels such a strong affinity to the club.

Poyet, one of two men whose nicknames are revealed in the chat, spoke about the experiences he has been through as a manager in various countries and discussed why he was even more nervous than Di Matteo on that famous night in 2012 as we were crowned European champions.

Here what our former players had to say as they spoke to hosts Gigi Salmon and Jason Cundy by clicking on the video above.

 

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