Stamford Chidge & Jonathan Kydd are joined by Mark Meehan to look again at Chelsea’s 2000-2001 season.

Partly two we decide up the story within the New Yr with a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa at house on New Years’ Day. Behind the scenes there was nonetheless unrest with Captain Dennis Clever and ‘keeper Ed de Goey dropped. Clever, sad about being continuously performed out of place put in a transfer request whereas de Goey was consigned to the bench and changed by Carlo Cudicini for the remainder of the season.

New signing Jesper Gronkjaer made a giant impression with targets and assists towards Gillingham within the FA Cup and Newcastle and working Gary Neville ragged within the 1:1 draw towards Man Utd at house. Of Ranieri’s first signing, Slovisa Jokanovic, the much less mentioned the higher,

Pitted towards bogey aspect Arsenal at Highbury within the FA Cup fifth spherical, two Wiltord targets in 11 minutes meant that Chelsea wouldn’t be at a cup semi-final or higher for the primary time since 1993.

Chelsea’s house kind was good, however their away kind horrible, evidenced by their first away win for a yr coming towards West Ham in March. Finally it was to break their possibilities of a prime 3 end, though defeat to Sunderland and Charlton at house and an away defeat to Leeds Utd, their rivals for a prime 3 end, put the ultimate nail within the coffin.

Victories over Everton and Man City and a creditable draw away to Liverpool was sufficient to safe sixth place and qualification for subsequent season’s UEFA Cup, nevertheless, the season remained a large disappointment with the sacking of well-loved Vialli whose identify was chanted all through the season and particularly at weird choices from Ranieri. To this must be added the early exit from the cup competitions; the accidents to Di Matteo and Stanic and the overall feeling that most of the gamers needed away.

In reality, the best disappointment was the realisation that the crew of the 90’s was breaking apart with the departures of Vialli, Petrescu, Di Matteo and Flo gone and Poyet, Leboeuf and Clever quickly to depart, together with Zola apparently eager to return to Italy. Chelsea was a crew in transition and that meant the dream of profitable the league title was maybe additional away than ever.

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