After almost a year of watching Frank Lampard leading this team, the season has finally concluded with a mix bag of results varying from the sublime to some that were excruciating. I’ll be looking back at the top five games this season which put a smile on all our faces and made us proud to be Chelsea.
Wolves 2 – 5 Chelsea
The match where the youths of today showed a glimpse of what was to come and that they were here to stay. We raced into a 4-0 lead with Tammy Abraham scoring his first hat-trick for the blues after a stunning strike by Fikayo Tomori. An Abraham own goal and Cutrone finish pulled it back to 4-2 before Mason Mount put any late nerves to rest with a strike in the 90th minute.
This was all against a Wolves team who had finished 8th the season before and had started before many due to playing Europa League qualification games. The match would also be the first time Frank introduced the 3-4-3, a formation that would bring mixed success as the season continued.
Ajax 0 – 1 Chelsea
The match where Michy Batshuayi gave us hope that this season would be his season. It wasn’t. A classic European snatch and grab performance away at the competitions semi-finalists from the year before. Ajax had a goal disallowed in the first half with a tight offside call seen by VAR and followed up by hitting the post just after the break, putting us under the cosh.
However, like when Gotham needs a hero, the ‘Batsman’ popped up in the 86th minute to finish a cross provided by ‘Captain America’ himself, Christian Pulisic. This game sealed our sixth win on the bounce in which was a great period for the team and looking back now, was crucial to our fourth placed finish.
Tottenham 0 – 2 Chelsea
The match where Willian would make pay those who came close to calling him one of their own. As if this fixture needed any more significance to it, it was also the meeting between the Master and the Apprentice as Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard went toe to toe on the side-lines. We were coming off two disappointing league losses to Everton and Bournemouth, so this game was crucial to get back on track in the race for the top four.
Willian opened the scoring with a wonderful strike from the left-hand side that curled gracefully into the bottom right corner of the goal. We went into the break two up as Paulo Gazzaniga conceded a penalty which Willan slotted and sparked celebrations of joy across West London. Son Heung-min would later go on to be sent off as we sealed a comfortable win and showed once more who the top team in London is.
Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City
The match where those up North thanked us for a helping hand. As whenever City faces a team, they dominated possession and we had to put in a dogged, mature performance which allowed us to get the win. Christian Pulisic opened the scoring capitalising on a defensive error running from the halfway line and striking past Ederson before former Blue Kevin De Bruyne smashed in an unstoppable free kick.
A moment of calamity from Fernandinho resulted in a red card and penalty where Willian once again became the hero and secured three vital points to our season. This match was just our second behind closed doors, but the team made sure they gave everyone at home something to celebrate during those difficult times. Manchester City were the reigning champions at the time so for our youthful side to be able to get one over them was a massive step in both our season and the long term of Frank Lampard’s set up.
Manchester United 1 – 3 Chelsea
The match where we reigned over United at Wembley once again to put us on our way to another FA cup final (We won’t talk about that!). This was a game where every fan gave thanks to David De Gea as his two errors let us take a 2-0 lead with Olivier Giroud and Mason Mount the beneficiaries. A Harry Maguire own goal sealed the win before a Bruno Fernandes scored a late consolation penalty.
Another match where we had gone with three at the back and this played dividends as we barely gave United a sniff and seemed comfortable all game. Not forgetting this was a United team many had backed to win and suffered their first loss in Nineteen matches. For Frank Lampard to lead us to both a top-four finish and FA cup final in his first season, it showed just how well he and the team had done and leaves us all feeling very optimistic for what the future holds.
It’s been great reminiscing at some of the highlights of the season and shows just how far this team has come from August when our season began away at Old Trafford. Let’s hope for many more great moments when the season kicks-off all over again in 30 days!