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A Ten Year Challenge - A Best XI

With us celebrating TEN years, this week, since Roman Abramovich took charge of our club and elevating it to another level, we`ve a challenge for you all.

We`d like you to put your thinking caps on and come up with the ultimate starting eleven from the players that have been at the club during the Abramovich era.

Now you can go with whatever formation you decide, the choice is all yours.

So, take your time, ponder and stick your best eleven in the comments box below this article!




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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 1 2013

Time: 4:35PM

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My best ever chelsea first eleven under abramovich is.....cech,cole,ivanovic,luiz,azpilicueta,ramires,lampard,hazard,mata,oscar and torres
Vincent Udoh
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01/07/2013 16:58:00

Cech, Ivanovic, Desailly, Terry, A.Cole, Makalele, Lampard, Essien, Duff, Robben, Drogba. Not good to think that most haven't been adequately replaced!
aslaram
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01/07/2013 16:59:00

Very optimistic Vincent Udoh!
aslaram
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01/07/2013 17:00:00

Cech Ivanovic Carvalho Terry Cole Makelele Essien Lamps Mata Robben Drogba
Orangebear
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01/07/2013 17:01:00

Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Carvalho, cole. Makelele, Lampard, Hazard, Mata, Orscar and Drogba
Romeo shinshima
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01/07/2013 17:17:00

4-4-3: Cech, Ivanovic, Carvalho, Terry, Cole, Makelele, Lampard, Essien, Gudjohnsen, Mata, Drogba
JakeCFC96
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01/07/2013 17:17:00

Hmm this should be good------ Cech- Ferreira Terry Carvalho Cole- Makelele Lamps -Robben Mata Hazard- Drogba (4-2-3-1)....... Tough leaving out Ballack, Essien
syed230183_chelseafc
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01/07/2013 17:20:00

Standard 4-3-3 formation. Cech, Ferreira, Carvalho, Terry, Cole, Makelele, Lampard, Mata, Duff, Drogba, Gudjohnsen.
ChelseaLover123
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01/07/2013 17:21:00

4-3-3 cech,iva,cavalho,terry,cole, essien,ballack,lampard,hazard,robben, drogba.....
Desmondadonis
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01/07/2013 17:46:00

Cech, Iva, Riccy, JT, Cole, Maka, Lamps, Robben, Mata, Hazard, Drogba (4-2-3-1)
RadioactiveD
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01/07/2013 17:58:00

Cech - Iva, Carvalho, JT, Cole - Maka, Lamps. Essien - Mata, Gudjohnsen, Drogba.
ben_Crisp
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01/07/2013 18:19:00

Team picks itself really Cech, Brana, Ricardo, JT, Ash, Maka, Lamps, Mata, Robben, Hazard and Didi.
Anarchy
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01/07/2013 18:20:00

Ambrosio, Boulahrouz, Ben-Haim, Huth, Del Horno, Sidwell, Jarosik, Smertin, Kezman, Pizarro, Shevchenko (4-3-3)
Orangebear
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01/07/2013 18:24:00

chech...ferrera..carvalo..terry..cole...essien...lamps.. mata...hazard...robben...drogba
shlok27
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01/07/2013 19:35:00

cech , azpilicueta , terry , carvalho , a.cole , makalele , lampard , ballack , robben , drogba , hazard .. 4, 3 , 3
tholhinando
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01/07/2013 19:38:00

Hilarious, Orangebear.
RadioactiveD
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01/07/2013 19:50:00

Cech, Iva-Terry-Cavalho-A.Cole, Makalele-Essien, Duff-Lampard-J.Cole, Drogba. Tough but 4-2-3-1 with the above players...
Ikdaniels
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01/07/2013 20:00:00

@orangebear- Lmao!!
syed230183_chelseafc
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01/07/2013 20:08:00

Cech,Iva,Carvalho,Terry,Cole,Makalele,Ballack,Lampard,Hazard,J.Cole,Drogba.
bashmuk
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01/07/2013 20:41:00

Cech iva jt luiz cole Robben frankie maka hazard mata drogba Subs Carlo essien Ramires Ricardo ballack duff (kakuta if only) ;)
Shedend
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01/07/2013 22:53:00

Lmao @Orangebear.......urs is the flop team of the decade under Roman, can't believe you left out Torres and Quaresma. Lol
Tugay08
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02/07/2013 00:18:00

Haha, Torres has won stuff so stays out. Quaresma was a loan so didn't really matter. Shaun Wright-Phillips was a shout but I did manage to catch his best game at the Bridge around my birthday so he stays out for that.
Orangebear
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02/07/2013 00:34:00

Cech, Ivanovic-Terry-Carvalho-A.Cole, Makalele-Essien-Lampard, Robben-Hazard. Drogba
ZeeNut
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02/07/2013 04:23:00

@syed and Radio,exactly like yours!
Chelsea n Torres Fan
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02/07/2013 04:31:00

quite surprise that people never include ramires and david luiz...
Chelsea n Torres Fan
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02/07/2013 04:36:00

Team picks itself 4231 Turnbull Bosingwa,Cahill,Benhaim,Bertrand Mikel,Sidwell Quaresman Benayoun Marin Torres. Tough leaving out deco,shevchenko and Zirkhov.Maybe they should be on the bench.......Okay Subs:- Hilario Ake Deco Zirkhov Shevchenko Kalou
Blueozone
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02/07/2013 07:04:00

4-3-3....Cech-Iva-Carval-JT-Cole-Makelele-Essien-Lamp-Mata-Drogba-Robben
Blu_run
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02/07/2013 07:06:00

3-5-2 TurnBull- Boulahrouz, Ben haim, del horno- SWP, Sidwell, Veron, Jarosik, Smertin, Kalou, Torres, Shevchenko
crazyforchelsea
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02/07/2013 07:19:00

remove kalou pls..
crazyforchelsea
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02/07/2013 07:19:00

cech , cole , terry , alex , azpi , joe cole , ballack , lampard , mata , drogba , gudjohnsen . 442 diamond .
JackSufre
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02/07/2013 08:24:00

Cech; RB Gallas; CB Terry; CB Carvhallo; LB A. Cole; CDM Makalele; CM Essien; CAM Lampard; CAM Hazard; CAM Mata; STR Drogba....100% win rate....
Gian-Franco/Luca
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02/07/2013 08:27:00

Cech; Dave Carvalho Terry Cole; Makelele Essien; Mata Lampard Hazard; Drogba in a 4-2-3-1 formation
Drizzy
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02/07/2013 10:03:00

Cech- Ferreira- Carvalho -JT- Cole; Makelele -Essien -Lampard;Mata -Robben- Drogba. (4-3-3)
nelyvanile
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02/07/2013 10:32:00

Cech- Iva, Carvalho, JT, Ash - Essien, Lamps - Hazard, Mata, Robben- Didi
blus4eva
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02/07/2013 11:00:00

Cech, Ivanovic, Carvalho, Terry, Cole, Makelele, Lampard, Mata, Robben, Malouda, Drogba. Subs: Cudicini, Hasselbaink, Essien, Alex, Ballack, Hazard, Mikel....... The subs were harder than the XI to be honest. No place for Anelka, Paolo, Kalou, Duff, Wright-Phillips, Bridge, or Joe Cole. Before I get crucified for putting Malouda ahead of Hazard, I'm basing this over the full 10 years and the impact made by the players during that time. Hazard will easily overtake Malouda in 2013-14, but I think Malouda's impact in our double winning season warrants a place in the first XI for now......
Bizarre_Blue
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02/07/2013 12:30:00

Wow.... Just read someone else's comment regarding how few people included Luiz and Ramires. When thinking of the best XI they didn't even make my bench! They will in the future I'm sure, but not for today. We've had too many great CBs/CDMs and MFs for them to climb into contention.....
Bizarre_Blue
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02/07/2013 12:32:00

I remember when malouda was playing like a beast, Hazard and Duff are mere moi moi.
11bandwagon
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02/07/2013 13:04:00

Funny enough I did this myself yesterday on the train. But excluded players bought before Abramovich (lamps and JT), but here's my team : (4-3-3) Cech, Ivanovic, Carvalho, Terry, Cole, Makelele, Lampard, Mata, Hazard, Robben, Drogba.
Hazzabee
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02/07/2013 13:22:00

The Stamford Bridge pitch has been graced by great footballers playing for our darling CFC ever since Abramovic took over... Though the right back position proved problematic until recently but Azpi is just a prospect and cant even make the bench.... Here goes my eleven in 4 3 3 formation that was so successful under Mourinho: Cech Ivanovich Cavalho Terry AshleyCole Makelele Lampard Mata Robben Drogba Hazard Its really tough leaving out guys like Essien, Ballack, Gudjonsen, malouda ( when he was really Malouda )
Dexwhytecast
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02/07/2013 13:47:00

Cech-Azpi-JT-Luiz/Carvalho-Cole-Makelele/Essien-Lamps-Ballack-Mata/Robben-Hazard-Drogba in a 4-3-3 formation. Anelka,Ivanovic,J.Cole and Oscar are also worth the mention
Simeon23
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02/07/2013 15:47:00

4-2-3-1...Cech----------Cole--Terry--Carvalho--Azpilicueta----------Essien--Lampard----------Robben--Mata/Zola--Hazard----------Drogba. (SUBS: Cudicini,Ivanovic,Makelele, J.Cole,Gudjohnson,Zola/Mata,Crespo))
Psychofac
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02/07/2013 15:50:00

4-2-3-1 cech ferriera JT ricardo cole -maka ballack- robben lampard Joe cole/duff/mata- drogba
yash_blue
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02/07/2013 16:28:00

Just i will choose those players, whose bring joice, happiness, mouth and honor. Chech, terry, luis, iva, cole Mikel, lampard, .... Mata ........ DROGBA Yeah, terry must be there for 1 reason, leaderrrrrrrr
mikacfc
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02/07/2013 19:01:00

 

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