2004–05 Chelsea F.C. season

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Chelsea
2004–05 season
Chairman Bruce Buck
Owner Roman Abramovich
Manager José Mourinho
Stadium Stamford Bridge
Premier League 1st
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Winners
UEFA Champions League Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Frank Lampard (13)
All:
Frank Lampard (19)
Highest home attendance 42,328 (vs. Newcastle United, 4 December 2004)
Lowest home attendance 33,945 (vs. CSKA Moscow, 20 October 2004)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2004–05 season was Chelsea F.C.'s 90th competitive season, 13th consecutive season in the Premier League and 99th year as a club. Managed by José Mourinho during his first season at the club, Chelsea won the Premier League title (their first league title in 50 years) and the League Cup. The season was also notable for the number of records set during the season: Fewest goals against in a Premier League season (15), most clean sheets kept in a season (25), most wins in a season (29), most consecutive away wins (9), and the most points in a season (95).

After missing out on the league title to the unbeaten Arsenal the previous season, Chelsea continued spending large sums of money in order to build a squad capable of challenging for honours. They were in their second season under the ownership of Roman Abramovich, enabling them to sign five players for more than £10 million each, including Ivorian striker Didier Drogba from France's Olympique de Marseille and Portuguese defender Ricardo Carvalho from Mourinho's former club Porto. Portuguese defender Paulo Ferreira also followed Mourinho to Chelsea.

In the Champions League, Chelsea aimed to improve upon their semi-final placing the previous year, but in the end only matched their achievement. They also exited the FA Cup in the fifth round to eventual semi-finalists Newcastle United.

Team kit[edit]

The team kit was produced by Umbro. The shirt sponsor was Emirates Airline; the kit bore the "Fly Emirates" logo. Chelsea's home kit, all blue with a white collar, was retained from the previous season. Their new away kit was black with grey shorts and accents. Chelsea retained last season's away kit (all white with black and blue stripes down the center) as the third kit for this season.

Management[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Portugal José Mourinho
Assistant manager Scotland Steve Clarke
First team coach Brazil Baltemar Brito
Fitness coach Portugal Rui Faria
Goalkeeping coach Portugal Silvino Louro
Opposition scout Portugal André Villas-Boas

Source: [1][2]

First team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Czech Republic GK Petr Čech
2 England DF Glen Johnson
4 France DF Claude Makélélé[1]
5 Russia MF Alexey Smertin
6 Portugal DF Ricardo Carvalho
8 England MF Frank Lampard
9 Serbia and Montenegro FW Mateja Kežman
10 England MF Joe Cole
11 Republic of Ireland MF Damien Duff
13 France DF William Gallas
14 Cameroon MF Geremi
15 Ivory Coast FW Didier Drogba
16 Netherlands MF Arjen Robben
18 England DF Wayne Bridge
19 England MF Scott Parker
No. Position Player
20 Portugal DF Paulo Ferreira
22 Iceland FW Eiður Guðjohnsen
23 Italy GK Carlo Cudicini
24 Finland FW Mikael Forssell[2]
26 England DF John Terry
27 Czech Republic MF Jiří Jarošík
29 Germany DF Robert Huth
30 Portugal MF Tiago
31 Portugal MF Filipe Oliveira
32 Scotland DF Steven Watt
33 Portugal MF Nuno Morais
40 England GK Lenny Pidgeley
41 Belgium GK Yves Ma-Kalambay[3]
42 England MF Anthony Grant
43 England MF Joe Tillen

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 Nigeria DF Celestine Babayaro (to Newcastle United)
7 Romania FW Adrian Mutu (released)
No. Position Player
England MF Craig Rocastle (to Sheffield Wednesday)
Cyprus MF Alexis Nicolas (to Brighton & Hove Albion)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

# Pos Player From Fee Date
20 DF Portugal Paulo Ferreira Portugal Porto £13.2 million[4] 23 June 2004
1 GK Czech Republic Petr Čech France Rennes £7.1 million[5] 1 July 2004
16 MF Netherlands Arjen Robben Netherlands PSV £12 million[6] 1 July 2004
9 FW Serbia and Montenegro Mateja Kežman Netherlands PSV £5.3 million[7] 13 July 2004
15 FW Ivory Coast Didier Drogba France Marseille £24 million[8] 20 July 2004
30 MF Portugal Tiago Portugal Benfica £10 million[9] 21 July 2004
6 DF Portugal Ricardo Carvalho Portugal Porto £19.85 million[10] 28 July 2004
33 DF Portugal Nuno Morais Portugal Penafiel Undisclosed[11] 29 August 2004
27 MF Czech Republic Jiří Jarošík Russia CSKA Moscow £3 million[12] 6 January 2005

Out[edit]

# Pos Player To Fee Date
7 MF Netherlands Winston Bogarde Unattached Released 1 July 2004
20 MF Argentina Juan Sebastián Verón Italy Internazionale Loan[13] 1 July 2004
6 DF France Marcel Desailly Qatar Al-Gharafa Free[14] 6 July 2004
9 FW Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink England Middlesbrough Free[15] 1 July 2004
32 FW Finland Mikael Forssell England Birmingham City Loan[16] 1 July 2004
15 DF Netherlands Mario Melchiot England Birmingham City Free[17] 9 July 2004
17 MF France Emmanuel Petit Unattached Released July 2004
12 MF Croatia Mario Stanić N/A Retired[18] 9 July 2004
30 MF Denmark Jesper Grønkjær England Birmingham City £2.2 million[19] 12 July 2004
39 FW England Carlton Cole England Aston Villa Loan[20] 14 July 2004
21 FW Argentina Hernán Crespo Italy A.C. Milan Loan[21] July 2004
N/A MF Netherlands Boudewijn Zenden England Middlesbrough Free[22] July 2004
34 GK Scotland Neil Sullivan England Leeds United Free[23] August 2004
31 GK Italy Marco Ambrosio Switzerland Grasshopper Free[24] 11 August 2004

Overall transfer activity[edit]

Premier League[edit]

A total of 20 teams competed in the Premier League in the 2004–05 season. Each team played 38 matches; two against every other team and one match at each club's stadium. Three points were awarded for each win, one point per draw, and none for defeats. At the end of the season the top two teams qualified for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League; teams in third and fourth needed to play a qualifier.[16]

The provisional fixture list was released on 24 June 2004, but was subject to change in the event of clashes with other competitions, international football, inclement weather, or matches being selected for television coverage.

August–October[edit]

Chelsea opened their Premier League campaign at home against a depleted Manchester United side on 15 August 2004, Eidur Gudjohnsen's 14th minute goal was enough to separate the two sides. The result was followed by another 1-0 win a weekend later, this time away at Birmingham thanks to a strike by substitute Joe Cole. A few days later Chelsea journeyed across London to Selhurst Park to face newly promoted Crystal Palace, Didier Drogba's first goal for the club (a header from a Celestine Babayaro cross) and a crisp 18-yard drive by Tiago were enough to ensure a 0-2 win and maintain Chelsea's 100 per cent start. Chelsea concluded August with a 2-1 home win over Southampton, but didn't start well as James Beattie gave the visitors a shock lead after 12 seconds (Chelsea's first goal conceded in the season), though Beattie put through his own net at the other end following a corner and a Frank Lampard penalty four minutes short of half-time set Chelsea on their way to all three points and leave them in second place (behind fellow 100 percenters Arsenal on goal difference).

Due to the international fixtures Chelsea didn't play again until 11 September, dropping their first points of the season in a 0-0 draw at Aston Villa but both sides weren't without their chances to break the deadlock, Didier Drogba having a penalty claim turned down and being booked for diving in the process. A second successive 0-0 draw, at home to Tottenham, meant they lost ground on defending champions and leaders Arsenal; falling two points behind. Chelsea claimed their first win of the month courtesy of a free-kick routine finished by Drogba nine minutes from time away at Middlesbrough a week later, to give them a vital 0-1 win. At the cessation of September, Chelsea were still occupying second place, two points behind Arsenal.

Chelsea began October with yet another 1-0 win, this time against Liverpool, a Joe Cole flick from an inswinging Lampard free kick maintained their unbeaten league start, the run however perished as they suffered their first defeat of the season away at Manchester City, Nicolas Anelka stroking home a penalty in the 11th minute that he won himself after being felled in the box by Paulo Ferreira, handing the Manchester side a hard-fought victory. The result cast Chelsea further behind pace-setters Arsenal, the margin now five points.

Chelsea recorded one of their most emphatic victories of the season a week later, winning 4-0 at home against Blackburn Rovers, a Gudjohnsen hat-trick set them on their way to the win; the result was significant as it closed the gap to two points as Arsenal lost their unbeaten record in controversial fashion a day later at Old Trafford, losing 2-0. And another irrefutable result, a 1-4 win away at West Brom, pulled Chelsea level with Arsenal (but behind on goal difference) at the end of October, as the reigning champions were showing signs of faltering, narrowly earning a 2-2 draw that day.

November–December[edit]

A 1-0 home win against Everton at Stamford Bridge coupled with another draw for Arsenal allowed Chelsea to top the table for the first time in the season, a week later they retained their two-point lead at the top thanks to a thumping 4-1 triumph at Fulham.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Chelsea (C) 38 29 8 1 72 15 +57 95 2005–06 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Arsenal 38 25 8 5 87 36 +51 83
3 Manchester United 38 22 11 5 58 26 +32 77 2005–06 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Everton 38 18 7 13 45 46 −1 61

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground H A A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H H A A H A H A H A A H H A H H H A H A A
Result W W W W D D W W L W W W W D W W D W W W W W W W W D W W W W W D D W W W W D
Position 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Last updated: 8 March 2011.
Source: Matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Chelsea 6 4 1 1 10 3 +7 13
Portugal Porto 6 2 2 2 4 6 −2 8
Russia CSKA Moscow 6 2 1 3 5 5 0 7
France Paris Saint-Germain 6 1 2 3 3 8 −5 5

Knockout phase[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

Quarter Finals[edit]

Semi-Finals[edit]

League Cup[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2004–05 FA Cup

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Premier League Champions League FA Cup Football League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 Czech Republic GK Petr Čech 48 0 35 0 11 0 0 0 2 0
2 England DF Glen Johnson 28 0 13+3 0 4+2 0 3 0 2+1 0
3 Nigeria DF Celestine Babayaro 5 0 3+1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
4 France MF Claude Makélélé 50 1 36 1 10 0 0 0 4 0
5 Russia MF Alexey Smertin 25 1 11+5 0 4+1 1 3 0 1 0
6 Portugal DF Ricardo Carvalho 39 1 22+3 1 10 0 1 0 3 0
7 Romania FW Adrian Mutu 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 England MF Frank Lampard 58 19 38 13 12 4 0+2 0 3+3 2
9 Serbia and Montenegro FW Mateja Kežman 41 7 6+19 4 3+6 0 3 1 2+2 2
10 England MF Joe Cole 46 9 19+9 8 8+1 1 3 0 4+2 0
11 Republic of Ireland MF Damien Duff 48 10 28+2 6 8+2 2 1+1 0 5+1 2
13 France DF William Gallas 46 2 28 2 12 0 1 0 5 0
14 Cameroon MF Geremi 20 0 6+7 0 1+3 0 2 0 1 0
15 Ivory Coast FW Didier Drogba 41 16 18+8 10 8+1 5 1+1 0 3+1 1
16 Netherlands MF Arjen Robben 29 9 14+4 7 2+3 1 0+2 0 3+1 1
18 England DF Wayne Bridge 25 0 12+3 0 4 0 2 0 4 0
19 England MF Scott Parker 11 0 1+3 0 3+1 0 0 0 3 0
20 Portugal DF Paulo Ferreira 42 0 29 0 6+1 0 0+1 0 5 0
22 Iceland FW Eiður Guðjohnsen 57 16 30+7 12 9+2 2 2+1 1 1+5 1
23 Italy GK Carlo Cudicini 11 0 3 0 1 0 3 0 4 0
24 Finland FW Mikael Forssell 2 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
26 England DF John Terry 53 8 36 3 11 4 5 0 1 1
27 Czech Republic MF Jiří Jarošík 20 0 3+11 0 0 0 2+1 0 1+2 0
29 Germany DF Robert Huth 15 1 6+4 0 1+3 0 1 1 0 0
30 Portugal MF Tiago Mendes 51 4 21+13 4 4+7 0 2 0 4 0
31 Portugal MF Filipe Oliveira 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 Scotland DF Steven Watt 2 0 0+1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
33 Portugal DF Nuno Morais 4 0 0+2 0 0+1 0 1 0 0 0
40 England GK Lenny Pidgeley 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 England MF Anthony Grant 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Statistics source.[25] Squad details and shirt numbers from [3].

Summary[edit]

Games played 59 (38 Premier League), 3 (FA Cup), 12 (UEFA Champions League) 6 (Football League Cup)
Games won 42 (29 Premier League), 2 (FA Cup), 6 (UEFA Champions League) 5 (Football League Cup)
Games drawn 11 (8 Premier League), 0 (FA Cup), 2 (UEFA Champions League) 1 (Football League Cup)
Games lost 5 (1 Premier League), 1 (FA Cup), 3 (UEFA Champions League) 0 (Football League Cup)
Goals scored 98 (72 Premier League), 4 (FA Cup), 21 (UEFA Champions League) 10 (Football League Cup)
Goals conceded 33 (15 Premier League), 1 (FA Cup), 13 (UEFA Champions League) 4 (Football League Cup)
Goal difference 75 (57 Premier League), 4 (FA Cup), 8 (UEFA Champions League) 6 (Football League Cup)
Clean sheets 35 (25 Premier League), 2 (FA Cup), 5 (UEFA Champions League) 3 (Football League Cup)
Most appearances 58 England Frank Lampard
Top scorer 19 England Frank Lampard
Points Overall: 42/59 (71.28%)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Makélélé was born in Kinshasa, Zaire.
  2. ^ Forssell was born in Steinfurt, West Germany.
  3. ^ Ma-Kalambay was born in Brussels, Belgium, and has represented Belgium internationally at youth level, but also qualified to represent the DR Congo and made his full international debut for DR Congo in May 2010.
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