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Pick your ultimate Chelsea FA Cup final XI - Defenders

Next up in our search for Chelsea’s ultimate FA Cup final team is to pick a back four, comprising of two full-backs and a pair of centre-halves.

There are plenty of fine candidates for the final XI and we need your help in picking the players. We’ve split the defenders into two votes – full-backs and centre-halves – which you find by scrolling down this page, once you’ve read our list of nominees!

Ashley Cole

Although it is hard to recall Cole standing out in any FA Cup ties for the Blues, by the same token there aren’t many occasions when he put a foot wrong – and, really, doesn’t that sum up the life of a full-back?

Of course, there is also his mightily impressive collection of winner’s medals in the competition, which stands at seven, comfortably more than any other player has accrued.

Paulo Ferreira

The reliable right-back put in arguably his best appearance for Chelsea in the 2007 FA Cup final, when he completely nullified the threat of his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo, who at the time was the in-form player in the country.

Ferreira also scored one of his two goals for Chelsea in the competition, when he netted from close range against Colchester United in 2006.

Ron Harris

If you’ve ever wondered why he is better known as ‘Chopper’, watch the highlights from the 1970 FA Cup final replay, when he was moved to right-back by manager Dave Sexton and immediately set the tone by mowing down Eddie Gray, the Whites’ star man in the first match.

He became the first player to lift the trophy for Chelsea and it should also be noted our all-time leading appearance-maker has also played more FA Cup games for the club than anyone else.

Branislav Ivanovic

After only making the bench for his first FA Cup final for the club, in 2009, Ivanovic was selected at right-back for the subsequent showpiece matches in 2010 and 2012, making a couple of crucial blocks in the latter to help us beat Liverpool.

Eddie McCreadie

Like so many at Chelsea throughout the Sixties, McCreadie endured his fair share of misfortune in the FA Cup – and it looked like carrying on into the Seventies, when he was at fault for a Leeds goal in the final thanks to the bog of a pitch at Wembley contributing to him missing his kick on the line.

Then, in the replay, his luck changed. The left-back’s attempt to contest a high ball in the box was of the kung-fu variety, but despite missing his intended target and wiping out Billy Bremner, no penalty was awarded!

Now you've voted for your full-backs, with the two players with most picks in the poll above heading into our team, it's time to select which pair of Chelsea centre-halves will line up at the heart of defence.

As always, our nominees are listed below with the vote at the bottom of this page...

Steve Clarke

If anyone deserved an FA Cup winner’s medal it was the long-suffering Scot, who had endured some pretty dreadful years at the club before playing his part in our 1997 triumph as one of the senior members of Ruud Gullit’s squad.

He had previously suffered a 4-0 defeat in the 1994 FA Cup final against Manchester United, but now Mr Reliable was flawless in helping us to a clean sheet against Middlesbrough.

Frank Leboeuf

Two FA Cup final appearances, two clean sheets – in fact, Leboeuf never conceded a goal in a cup final for Chelsea.

He was absolutely flawless in both the 1997 and 2000 showpieces, and one of his most famous moments as a Blue also came in the FA Cup, when he broke Leicester City hearts by converting a contentious penalty against them late in extra time. Controversial? He wouldn’t have it any other way.

Toni Rudiger

The whole-hearted German centre-half will be looking to secure his second FA Cup winner’s medal this weekend, and he’ll have a good chance of doing so if he performs anything like he did in his first.

Rudiger was chosen as the Man of the Match when we beat Manchester United in 2018, thanks to a series of heroic blocks. Who says strikers get all the credit?

John Terry

No player has led Chelsea to FA Cup glory on more occasions than JT, who has walked up the famous steps at Wembley four times to lift the trophy.

He was also an unused substitute in the final when we won the Cup in 2000, meaning he was involved in the last final held at the old Wembley and the first at the rebuilt stadium. The club’s record goalscorer netted his maiden Blues goal in the competition, which came at the Bridge in 5-0 win over Gillingham.

David Webb

From zero to hero – Webb had a stinker in the 1970 FA Cup final, as Eddie Gray ran him ragged, but that was all forgotten in the replay at Old Trafford when he scored the winner in extra time.

That was his third goal in the competition that season, having also netted early on in the last eight and the semi-final, so it’s fair to say he made a huge contribution to our first FA Cup win at both ends of the field.

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