On August 17, 2003, Chelsea played their first Premier League game since being taken over by Roman Abramovich. It was the start of a wonderful era.
Plenty of players – and managers – have come and gone since Abramovich took control of the club, but during that period Chelsea have won more trophies than any other English team, with five Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, a Champions League and a Europa League trophy added to their cabinet.
To emphasise just how far the Blues have come under Abramovich, we’ve revisited the first team to take the field in a competitive match after his takeover.
Chelsea famously beat Liverpool 2-1 to secure Champions League football in the final match before his buyout, and the opening fixture of the following season was also against the Reds, with the Londoners triumphing by the same scoreline at Anfield.
Hazard is a joy to watch when this confident.
Son Heung-min is going to be jealous.
Wenger says the perception of club has suffered.
Jadon Sancho had a day to remember.
Just one player remains.
Not Pogba’s finest moment.
Former Liverpool defender John…
A retrospective ban is on the way.
A big moment for the Liverpool man.
Want to see Memphis Depay go absolutely flying?