Chelsea’s most-used XI of the Premier League era: Cech, Terry, Lampard…

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Chelsea have been one of the most successful teams in the Premier League era, meaning most players weren’t exactly desperate to leave.

They have been blessed with some great players over the years and several stars have made over 200 league appearances for the club.

Thanks to the help of Transfermarkt, we’ve compiled an XI of Chelsea’s most-used players in the Premier League, arranged in a 4-4-f*cking-2.

Petr Cech

Cech kept 162 clean sheets in 333 Premier League appearances during his 11 years at Chelsea and is the highest overseas appearance maker in the club’s history.

Branislav Ivanovic

Ivanovic became a cult hero at Stamford Bridge and had a knack of popping up with goals at pivotal moments.

He won three league titles and left Chelsea in 2017 after making 261 Premier League appearances.

John Terry

Terry came through the academy at Chelsea and was a mainstay in their defence for nearly two decades before joining Aston Villa in 2017.

The centre-back probably had the 500-mark in his sights ahead of his final season at the club, but he fell just eight short.

Cesar Azpilicueta

Centre-back, right-back, left-back, wing-back – Azpilicueta has played wherever required in his 262 Premier League appearances for Chelsea.

He’s also developed into a bit of a shithouse. 

Ashley Cole

After joining Chelsea in 2006, Cole immediately cemented his position as their first-choice left-back, making 229 Premier League appearances for the Blues.

Marcos Alonso needs to make another 124 appearances before he can take Cole’s place in this team.


Willian has often been a divisive figure amongst Chelsea fans, but the winger has still made 226 Premier League appearances over the last seven years.

Dennis Wise

Just edging out John Obi Mikel, Wise made 261 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in comparison to the Nigerian’s 249.

Frank Lampard

Just the 429 Premier League appearances for Chelsea – nudging him ahead of Danny Drinkwater.

We’re not sure what he’s up to these days.

Eden Hazard

In Hazard’s 245 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, how many times do you think he humiliated a full-back?

Gianfranco Zola

Zola cost Chelsea just £4.5million in 1996 and the Italian went on to make 229 Premier League appearances. Now that’s excellent value for money.

READ: A tribute to the wonderful Gianfranco Zola, an unbelievable bargain

Didier Drogba

Drogba had an amazing record in cup finals and the striker also managed 104 goals in 254 Premier League appearances for Chelsea.

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