REPOST - Chelsea's Fantastic 2010 Part one

The year 2010 will always be remembered as the year that Chelsea won their first ever historic double!. It was a remarkable achievement in C...

The year 2010 will always be remembered as the year that Chelsea won their first ever historic double!. It was a remarkable achievement in Carlo Ancelotti's first season as our manager. Chelsea were fantastic and played the kind of football that Roman Abramovich had craved for a long time.

We have had our ups and downs, have some established names leave the club, and made a signing. We have had our name linked with everyone and anyone, had our manager's future called into question towards the end of the year and have seen our season quite literally almost fall apart. It's all part and parcel of being a fan of Chelsea.

Once the clock strikes midnight tonight wherever in the World you maybe, one thing is for sure, you will remember fondly on 2010 as the year Chelsea were back on top!.

Here is a look back at our finest year so far, taking a selection of blog posts I have written to take you back on the journey as a Chelsea fan that was 2010.


Chelsea came into 2010 not exactly playing well. After a difficult December we played our first game at home to Watford in the FA CUP third round. It was a chance for a fresh start in a new year and made it count beating them 5-0. Next up was Sunderland at home who we beat 7-2. This was followed by a win at Preston in the FA CUP 2-0 and beating Birmingham at home 3-0.


Chelsea started the month with a tough trip away to Burnley and we won 2-1. John Terry then found himself in the headlines and was making front page news, everyone had an opinion so I gave mine. The rumours had damaged his reputation and there had been speculation that he could suffer a consequence in the National team. Terry then had it confirmed he would be stripped of the England Captaincy. We then drew away at Hull 1-1 as defending set pieces continued to be a problem.

Chelsea then had great news that Gael Kakuta's ban had been overturned. Chelsea then beat Arsenal at home 2-0 as Petr Cech had kept his 100th clean sheet for Chelsea. This was followed by a 2-1 defeat to Everton where I stated Ancelotti had got it all wrong. After the game Ashley Cole was confirmed being out injured for three months. Chelsea then beat Cardiff at home in the FA CUP 4-1.

Chelsea were due to face Jose Mourinho and his Inter Milan side in a few weeks after the Cardiff game and he had begun to stir things up well in advance.

Getting back to business, Chelsea players were called into a team meeting as the club stated it's stance to the players in no uncertain terms. The following weekend Chelsea travelled to Wolves and beat them 2-0.

Next up was Jose's Inter side. In the build up to the games against them I posted the best Video Tribute by Carefreechris to Jose put together after Jose had left the club just to remind us all of who I stated at the time, was the best Manager we had ever had.

I then posted a video I personally put together of Inter Milan's strengths and weaknesses. It took me hours but if you watch the video yourselves you will see the one area I pointed out as the danger was proved correct as Milito scored as I predicted he could as Inter beat Chelsea 2-1.

Chelsea finished February with a game at home against Manchester City. It was a game built up about John Terry v Wayne Bridge and we all know what happened when the players walk down the line to shake each others hands. We won't know if this situation had an effect on JT at the time, but for me I stated on here on record that Ancelotti needed to WAKE UP as Chelsea were battered and lost to City 2-4. It was the first time I had really had a pop at Carlo and wasn't to be the last.


March started off with once again a frustrated post from me after comments from Carlo after the City game. I stated that he was deluded and wasn't watching the same Chelsea I was!. This was followed with a couple of news items about Deco wanting to leave which didn't bother me, Joe Cole getting a wake up call from Capello, JT coming through his first game for England since losing the armband for England. We then had news that Jose Bosingwa was ruled out for the rest of the season.

Getting back to the football and we won our next game in the FA CUP quarter final at home against Stoke 2-0. In the week afterwards player contracts were up for discussion and I asked the question if Roman Abramovich had changed his tune at the club?. Didier Drogba won the African player of the year and David Beckham was ruled out of the World Cup. Chelsea then won their next game against West Ham 4-1 at home.

Next up was the second leg at home against Inter. I posted my second tactical analysis video ahead of the game. Chelsea lost at home 1-0 and Inter had beaten us twice. I stated that the Jury was out once more for Ancelotti and also the fall out afterwards. This was followed by a 1-1 draw away at Blackburn. I stated that Carlo had run out of ideas but little did we know it would be the game that would change our season.

Our unbelievable run started away at Portsmouth. I had been asking for Carlo to make the switch back to 4-3-3 for god knows how long and at Fratton Park he obliged. Chelsea battered Portsmouth 5-0. Chelsea then hammered Aston Villa 7-1 as Frank scored four and took his goal tally at the time to 151 goals for Chelsea.


I started the month with a post on what a difference a week makes in football. Our next game was the biggest of the season against Man United. We beat them at Old Trafford 2-1. The tables had turned!. We followed this up by beating Villa in the FA CUP Semi-Final at Wembley 3-0. It turned out to be an even better weekend than we expected. We then beat Bolton 1-0 before losing away to Spurs 2-1.

Michael Ballack was then the topic of conversation as it was claimed he wanted a 2-year deal to stay at Chelsea or he would leave. Chelsea then beat Stoke 7-0 at home as JT had to answer repeated questions about his form.


Chelsea started off the biggest month of our season with a trip to Anfield. Chelsea won 2-0. Didier Drogba was then named Player of the Year and the end of season Awards Dinner.

Chelsea then took on Wigan at home. A win would give us the title. Chelsea won it in style beating Wigan 8-0 and we were crowned Premier League Champions. I posted a video of Carlo Ancelotti's message to the fans during the celebrations. I still had time to have a pop at Drogba for his behaviour during the first half. Drogba stated he loved the club and about a Fernando Torres possible move to Chelsea?.

Chelsea then beat Portsmouth in the FA Cup Final 1-0 and won our first ever double. Ballack was ruled out of the World Cup afterwards. I posted an apology to Carlo Ancelotti. Frank Lampard then praised the Chelsea fans as Ashley Cole was rumoured to be about to move abroad. Michael Essien was then ruled out of the World Cup.

Stay tuned for June - December!.


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