The Real Footie Analyst

All the Chelsea manager’s under the Roman Abramovich era

Abramovich-Mourinho2003/04

Who was in charge: Claudio Ranieri

Big players bought: Damien Duff (Blackburn, £17m), Hernan Crespo (Inter Milan, £16.8m), Claude Makelele (Real Madrid, £16.6m), Adrian Mutu (Parma, £15.8m), Juan Veron (Manchester United £15m), Scott Parker (Charlton, £10m), Wayne Bridge (Southampton, £7m), Geremi (Real Madrid, £7m), Joe Cole (West Ham £6.6m), Glen Johnson (West Ham, £6m), Alexei Smertin  (Bordeaux, £3.5m).

What went on: Ranieri was already under pressure before a ball had been kicked but armed with a blank cheque book, the Italian came so close to instant success.

However, an agonising Champions League semi-final exit to Monaco and double defeats against Arsenal in the league ensured the Blues ended the season potless and Ranieri was soon dismissed.

Premier League finish: Runners-up

Trophies: None

2004/05

Who was in charge: Jose Mourinho

Big players bought in: Didier Drogba (Marseille, £24m), Ricardo Carvalho (Porto, £19.9m) Paulo Ferreira (Porto, £13.2m), Arjen Robben (PSV, £12m), Tiago (Benfica, £8m), Petr Cech (Rennes, £7m), Mateja Kezman (PSV, £5m).

What went on: Losing just one game, Chelsea won the league title by a gigantic 12 points and defeated Liverpool after extra time to claim the Carling Cup. The Reds got revenge though by eliminating the Special One’s men in a controversial Champions League semi-final.

Premier League finish: Champions

Trophies: Premier League, Carling Cup

2005/06

Who was in charge: Jose Mourinho

Big players bought in: Michael Essien (Lyon, £24.4m), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City, £21m), Asier Del Horno (Athletic Bilbao, £8m), Lassana Diarra (Le Havre, £1m).

What went on: The Blues retained the Premier League title comfortably by eight points but missed out on the double when Liverpool again defeated them in an FA Cup semi-final. A last 16 Champions League exit to Barcelona and a third round Carling Cup defeat to Charlton ensured no other trophies came close to arriving at Stamford Bridge.

Premier League finish: Champions

Trophies: Premier League

2006/07

Who was in charge: Jose Mourinho

Big players bought in: Andrei Shevchenko (AC Milan £30m), Salomon Kalou (Feyenoord, £8m), Khalid Boulahrouz (Hamburg £7m), Ashley Cole (Arsenal, £5m plus William Gallas) John Mikel Obi (Lyn Oslo, undisclosed), Michael Ballack (Bayern Munich, free).

What went on: Too many draws denied Chelsea a third straight title as they finished six points behind Manchester United. But defeating United in the FA Cup and Arsenal in the Carling Cup secured a domestic cup double. Liverpool again dashed Chelsea’s hopes in the Champions League semi-finals by knocking them out on penalties.

Premier League finish: Runners-up

Trophies: FA Cup, Carling Cup

2007/08

Who was in charge: Jose Mourinho (Aug-Sep)/Avram Grant (Sep-May)

Big players bought in: Nicolas Anelka (Bolton, £15m), Florent Malouda (Lyon, £13.5m), Branislav Ivanovic (Lokomotiv Moscow, £9m), Juliano Belletti (Barcelona, undisclosed), Alex (PSV, undisclosed).

What went on: After Mourinho’s shock departure, Grant came in and was a John Terry slip away from winning the Champions League against Manchester United on penalties.

United again denied them on the last day of the season to lift the Premier League title while Tottenham’s extra-time heroics in the Carling Cup final left Chelsea without a single trophy instead of three. Grant paid for it with his job.

Premier League finish: Runners-up

Trophies: None

2008/09

Who was in charge: Luiz Felipe Scolari (Aug-Feb) Guus Hiddink (Feb-May, as caretaker)

Big players bought in: Jose Bosingwa (Porto, £16.2m), Deco (Barcelona, £8m)

What went on: A huge decline in form during winter saw Chelsea fall out of the title race resulting in Scolari’s exit. Hiddink came in and lost just one game during his tenure, which ended in FA Cup success.

There was more Champions League semi-final heartache though as Barcelona defeated them on away goals in controversial circumstances.

Premier League finish: Third

Trophies: FA Cup

2009/10

Who was in charge: Carlo Ancelotti

Big players bought in: Yuri Zhirkov (CSKA Moscow, £18m), Daniel Sturridge (Manchester City, £3.5m).

What went on: Ancelotti was appointed based on his impressive Champions League record but it was domestically the Italian would shine by securing the club’s first league and FA Cup double. But the Champions League expert flopped in Europe, losing home and away against Mourinho’s Inter Milan to bow out in the last 16.

Premier League finish: Champions

Trophies: Premier League, FA Cup

2010/11

Who was in charge: Carlo Ancelotti

Big players bought in: Fernando Torres (Liverpool, £50m), David Luiz (Benfica, £21m), Ramires (Benfica, £19.8m), Yossi Benayoun (Liverpool, £5m).

What went on: A spectacular mid-season collapse that brought just two wins from 11 games effectively conceded the title to Manchester United. Another double defeat in the Champions League, this time by United, ended the Blues hopes in the quarter-finals. Ancelotti was sacked minutes after losing at Everton on the final day of the season.

Premier League finish: Runners-up

Trophies: None

2011/12

Who was in charge: Andre Villas-Boas (Aug-Mar)

Big players bought in: Juan Mata (Valencia £23.5m), Romelu Lukaku (Anderlecht, £18m), Raul Meireles (Liverpool, £12m), Oriol Romeu (Barcelona, £5m).

What went on: With the worst points total under Abramovich after 27 games, Villas-Boas lasted little longer than Scolari before being given the boot. The league title is 20 points out of reach for Chelsea while their Champions League hopes dangle by a thread after losing 3-1 at Napoli in the last 16.

Premier League finish: Fifth (after 27 games)

Trophies: None (Still competing in FA Cup and Champions League)

Source: DailyMail

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