Antonio Conte’s Chelsea wrapped up their 5th Premier League title since 2004/05 earlier this year; a remarkable achievement considering where the club were before they were acquired by Russian sugar-daddy Roman Abramovich back in 2003.
And here we take a look at which Chelsea side is the best to ever reign in England:
When the Special One – Jose Mourinho – came home back in 2013, Chelsea fans were overjoyed. The club’s greatest ever manager promised to restore the club to the top of the footballing pyramid, and the newly-anointed Happy One did not disappoint.
The Blues won the league by eight points, losing only three times en route to one of the most dominant title campaigns of all time. Mourinho’s men were on top for 37 of the 38 match weeks, including the last 36 in a row. Their campaign included impressive wins away at Everton (6-3) and Swansea (5-0).
However, they are ranked bottom of this list as the football they played became tiresome as the season wore on. They lacked the flair of Chelsea sides higher up the list.
Carlo Ancelotti will always be ‘The One Who Got Away’ to Chelsea fans. The Italian turned Chelsea in to an imperious attacking force – winning the double in his first season in charge, before being unforgivably sacked by the board just a season later.
This was by far the most entertaining title-winning side Chelsea have ever had. They scored a record 103 goals, with monster wins at the back end of the season against Aston Villa (7-1), Stoke (7-0) and Wigan on the final day (8-0) to clinch the crown.
They are ranked lower down the list as they lost the most games of any side (6) and acquired the fewest points, a mere 86.
Coming in third, and perhaps slightly forgotten in the annals of history, Mourinho’s back-to-back winning side in his first spell were utterly unstoppable, leading from week 3 and not dropping a point until their tenth match of the season.
They finished with 91 points and racked up some mightily impressive wins, including a 4-1 win at Anfield and a 3-0 victory over Manchester United to seal the title at Stamford Bridge with two games to spare.
This side makes a real case to be number one, but five losses (including two in their final two games) mean they find themselves a little further down this list.
The most recent iteration of Chelsea are borderline the best ever. They have revolutionised the way football is played in England, being the first side to play ‘Three At The Back’ – a system that is now almost universally employed in the Premier League.
Antonio Conte’s men tied a Premier League record with 13 consecutive wins earlier in the season and have won a club record 29 matches in this campaign, including monster wins at the Etihad (3-1) and at home to Manchester United (4-0).
There is an argument to be made that this is the best team to ever win the league (not just Chelsea), as Conte has usurped the best crop of managers ever assembled in a top flight division in Europe (Mourinho, Guardiola, Pochettino to name a few).
But they have been beaten on this list by the greatest team to ever win the Premier League, bar none.
When Jose Mourinho arrived in west London back in 2004, Chelsea fans had not seen their side lift the trophy of the top tier in English football in 50 years.The weight of expectation was great on the expensively assembled squad. But no one could have predicted just how dominant this side was going to become.
Chelsea won the crown at a canter, obliterating every opponent they faced. They lost only once all season, and won the crown in glorious fashion with three matches to spare. That Frank Lampard goal away at Bolton Wanderers to secure the crown will never be forgotten by fans in west London.
The Blues set a points record for a winning campaign that still stands today. Their 95 points have never been topped, even by some great Sir Alex Ferguson sides. This truly was the best team to ever lift this trophy.