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Power Ranking Every Chelsea Player from the 2013/14 Premier League Season

Garry HayesFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2014

Power Ranking Every Chelsea Player from the 2013/14 Premier League Season

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    So the Premier League season has reached its climax, with Manchester City eventually coming out on top of what was an enthralling title race between Manuel Pellegrini's side, Liverpool and Chelsea.

    For the Blues, it will be a disappointment that Jose Mourinho's first season back in charge has finished trophyless, although reaching the Champions League semi-final and remaining in the hunt for the title until the penultimate game outlines the progress they have made.

    But who were the winners and losers in the Chelsea squad?

    Bleacher Report looks back at the 2013-14 Premier League campaign, analyzing the performance of those players who featured in the Premier League for the Stamford Bridge club.

Honourable Mentions

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    In total, Jose Mourinho called upon 29 different players in Premier League matches this season, with eight of those making just three appearances or less.

    Ryan Bertrand appeared once, starting against Cardiff City in October before joining Aston Villa on loan.

    Academy prospects John Swift and Nathan Ake each made their sole appearance against the Welsh outfit on the final day of the campaign, both coming off the bench at the Cardiff City Stadium.

    Injury restricted Marco van Ginkel to two appearances in the league, while Tomas Kalas matched his teammate’s tally.

    Kalas made his debut against Liverpool at Anfield, putting in a fine display as Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners.

    Despite a season-long loan spell with Everton, Romelu Lukaku also made two appearances for Chelsea before joining the Toffees, coming off the bench against Hull City and Aston Villa.

    The remaining three players Mourinho used in his squad, Michael Essien, Kevin De Bruyne and Juan Mata, all departed Stamford Bridge for pastures new in January.

20. John Obi Mikel

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    Appearances: 24

    Goals: 1

    Yellow Cards: 3

    Red Cards: 0

    If the rumors are to be believed, John Obi Mikel will be departing Chelsea this summer after eight years at the club, with Inter Milan rumored to be among his potential suitors, per The Mirror.

    For the majority of Chelsea fans, his departure will come as a relief. Mikel has never quite lived up to expectation at Chelsea, and when Nemanja Matic returned to West London in January Mikel's first-team opportunities were limited.

    It was an another underwhelming season for Mikel.

19. Mohamed Salah

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    Appearances: 10

    Goals: 2

    Yellow Cards: 1

    Red Cards: 0

    Arriving from FC Basel in January, the Egyptian had to be patient for his chance to impress at Chelsea.

    His first few months have been impressive, however, giving fans a glimpse of what he is capable of.

    Highlights have included netting his first goal against Arsenal as the Blues romped home to a 6-0 victory over their rivals, and his strike and overall performance against Stoke City.

    More is certainly to come from Salah, although with such limited time this term his impact was minimal.

18. Mark Schwarzer

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    Appearances: 4

    Clean sheets: 2

    Yellow Cards: 0

    Red Cards: 0

    Any goalkeeper playing as Petr Cech’s understudy is going to find it tough getting playing time.

    And so it has proved for Mark Schwarzer, with the Australian only getting a proper run in the team on the back of his teammate’s shoulder injury late in the campaign.

    The former Fulham stopper has been an able deputy, although it’s difficult to make a considerable impression when you’re watching from the stands.

17. Ashley Cole

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    Appearances: 17

    Goals: 0

    Yellow Cards: 1

    Red Cards: 0

    The past nine months or so have been difficult for Ashley Cole, who has gone from being ranked among the world’s leading left-backs to struggling for form and a starting berth at Chelsea.

    Cesar Azpilicueta—a right-back—has been preferred on the left side of defence by Jose Mourinho and it has led to Cole missing out on a place in England’s World Cup squad.

    He was a regular feature in the closing stages of the campaign, when he seemed to return to his best form, but it proved too little, too late to save his World Cup dream.

    Spending the majority of his time on the bench, by his own standards Cole was largely ineffective for Chelsea in 2013-14.

16. Demba Ba

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    Appearances: 19

    Goals: 5

    Yellow Cards: 0

    Red Cards: 0

    Chelsea’s third-choice striker enjoyed some memorable moments this season, but his greatest came in the Champions League when he scored the 87th-minute goal that booked the Blues’ place in the semi-finals at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain.

    Like some of his teammates, Ba saved his best performances for late in the campaign, scoring the winning goal away to Swansea City and also finding the back of the net against Liverpool.

    With just five Premier League goals to his name, though, the Senegalese will be the first to admit his impact on Chelsea's domestic campaign wasn’t what it should have been.

15. Fernando Torres

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    Appearances: 28

    Goals: 5

    Yellow Cards: 4

    Red Cards: 1

    Has Fernando Torres scored his last goal for Chelsea?

    The Spaniard’s strike against Cardiff City on the final day of the season was just his fifth in the Premier League and with Jose Mourinho demanding more productivity from his strikers, it seems his time could well be up.

    Torres has struggled for goals since his £50 million move from Liverpool in January 2011 and this season was no different.

    Injuries didn’t help, with Torres seeming to find form only to be crocked and spend a period on the sidelines, but overall his goal return wasn’t enough for a record signing. Again.

14. David Luiz

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    Appearances: 18

    Goals: 0

    Yellow Cards: 6

    Red Cards: 0

    David Luiz endured probably his most frustrating season in Chelsea colours this time out, with injuries playing their part.

    It was clear from the outset that he would need to adjust to Jose Mourinho's methods, too, and with the partnership between Gary Cahill and John Terry flourishing at centre-back, he was often found on the bench.

    Stepping up into defensive midfield, though, Luiz impressed, and while his manger may not think so, it could be the position where Luiz really makes his name.

    Without a trophy to hold and featuring in less than half of Chelsea's games, Luiz will want to forget 2013-14 in a hurry.

13. Frank Lampard

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    Appearances: 26

    Goals: 6

    Yellow Cards: 4

    Red Cards: 0

    Time has caught up with Frank Lampard.

    The Englishman may be the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, but it’s difficult to imagine he will be adding many more to his tally.

    Too many games passed him by in 2013-14 and while any other midfielder wouldn’t be judged on their goal return, Lampard’s sharp decline is highlighted by him scoring just six times in the Premier League this season.

    Should he remain at the club beyond this summer, a reduced playing role will be suitable as he can no longer consistently cut it at the highest level.

12. Samuel Eto’o

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    Appearances: 21

    Goals: 9

    Yellow Cards: 1

    Red Cards: 0

    A late acquisition in the summer transfer window after Chelsea had missed out on other targets, Samuel Eto'o may have taken time to adjust to the English game, but eventually proved to be Chelsea's most deadly striker.

    He scored a total of nine goals in the Premier League, including a hat-trick against Manchester United.

    Again, like Fernando Torres and Demba Ba before him, he frustrated at times, though, with Chelsea lacking the threat and menace of their rivals when it came to their goalscoring prowess.

    Given all he's achieved in the game, joining Chelsea at this stage of his career was perhaps a move that came too late.

11. Ramires

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    Appearances: 30

    Goals: 1

    Yellow Cards: 8

    Red Cards: 0

    For a player of his ability and the role he plays in this Chelsea team, Ramires really should be giving more.

    It was another inconsistent season for the Brazilian, his frustrations summed up with the four-match ban he received late in the campaign after elbowing Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson in Chelsea's 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

    That incident ensured 2013-14 ended early for him, giving him a chance to rest ahead of the World Cup.

    The fast-appoaching tournament in Brazil has been a cause of annoyance for Jose Mourinho, with some his stars appearing to ease off in the closing stages of the campaign, with some suggesting it was with the World Cup in mind.

    Whatever the reason for Ramires' loss of form, he is now at a crossroads in his Chelsea career. Another season like this and he will surely be shown the door.

    He must improve to be considered a part of Jose Mourinho's future plans.

10. Andre Schurrle

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    Appearances: 30

    Goals: 8

    Yellow Cards: 1

    Red Cards: 0

    It's been an impressive debut campaign for Andre Schurrle in the Premier League.

    With so much talent ahead of him in his position, the German has had to be patient for his chance, but it has come and he's looked promising.

    He will need to address his inconsistent form if he is to become an established name at Stamford Bridge, but for now he will leave for the summer satisfied with what has been an encouraging first year.

    Schurrle scored in Chelsea's last game of the season and also set up Fernando Torres for the winner against Cardiff City.

    More moments like that and he will be a key player under Jose Mourinho.

9. Nemanja Matic

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    Appearances: 17

    Goals: 0

    Yellow Cards: 3

    Red Cards: 0

    In just half a season back at Stamford Bridge, Nemanja Matic has significantly strengthened Chelsea's midfield.

    Up until his arrival from Benfica in January, the Blues had looked weak in defensive midfield, with Jose Mourinho unsuccessfully trying a number of combinations.

    Matic's return saw the Blues keep three clean sheets in his first three Premier League matches and concede just seven goals in the games in which he featured.

    The 25-year-old is a major reason why Chelsea will be among the favourites for domestic and European success in 2015.

8. Willian

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    Appearances: 25

    Goals: 4

    Yellow Cards: 4

    Red Cards: 1

    After his first few appearances for Chelsea, Willian would have struggled to make our top 10 of Chelsea's best performers this season.

    The Brazilian soon settled, though, and he is now highly regarded at Stamford Bridge and seen as being among the club's key players.

    Chelsea snatched him from Tottenham Hotspur's grasp with an 11th-hour bid at the end of the summer transfer window, in what proved to be an inspired move by Jose Mourinho.

7. Oscar

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    Appearances: 33

    Goals: 8

    Yellow Cards: 4

    Red Cards: 0

    Oscar's performances of late have been in stark contrast to the player we saw early on in the campaign.

    In the opening weeks of the season, the Brazilian was playing majestic football and it continued through to Christmas, with Jose Mourinho so impressed he was happy to allow the extremely talented Juan Mata to leave for Manchester United.

    Since then, though, Oscar's form has suffered considerably, and he's look a shadow of the player who Mourinho was adamant he was going to build his team around.

    It probably remains the case, although Mourinho will hope that Oscar maintains his form during the second half of 2014-15, otherwise Premier League success could well elude him again.

6. Petr Cech

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    Appearances: 34

    Clean sheets: 16

    Yellow Cards: 0

    Red Cards: 0

    Petr Cech is now entering a decade of being Chelsea's No. 1 goalkeeper, and his performances this season reminded us of why he is so valued in West London.

    He may well have a challenge on his hands to remain first choice if Thibaut Courtois returns from his loan spell with Atletico Madrid, although the young Belgian is equally going to have his work cut out to dislodge Cech.

    This year has been a vintage one for the Czech, and had he not suffered injury against Atletico in the Champions League semi-final he would have seen the season out between the sticks.

    Courtois or not, Chelsea are stronger than most when it comes to the goalkeeper position.

5. Gary Cahill

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    Appearances: 30

    Goals: 1

    Yellow Cards: 2

    Red Cards: 0

    That Gary Cahill picked up just two bookings all season in the Premier League outlines his talents in the centre of defence.

    With each passing performance he looks an even bigger bargain, considering Chelsea paid Bolton Wanderers just £7 million for his services in January 2012.

    From a slow start to his Chelsea career, he has grown into his position at the club to become a player who looks at ease playing at Stamford Bridge every week.

    He has dealt with the weight of expectation at Chelsea and is now a key member of Jose Mourinho's team.

4. John Terry

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    Appearances: 34

    Goals: 2

    Yellow Cards: 3

    Red Cards: 0

    This time last year John Terry's career looked to be over at Chelsea. He had suffered a demoralizing campaign ravaged by injuries before suffering the ignominy of being dropped by interim coach Rafa Benitez.

    In terms of his future at Stamford Bridge, his on-going contract negotiations, per Daily Mail, mean we're still unsure whether he will be at the club next season, but there's no doubting he has turned things around this campaign.

    Terry has returned to his best this year, having a considerable impact on his team as they recorded the best defensive record in the Premier League.

    He has shown there is plenty left in the tank, despite his advancing years. Without him, Chelsea would be significantly weaker.

3. Branislav Ivanovic

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    Appearances: 36

    Goals: 3

    Yellow Cards: 8

    Red Cards: 0

    No other player has featured more for Chelsea in the Premier League this season than Branislav Ivanovic.

    As ever, he has been a rock at the back, and while he may be criticized for his ability going forward, he has still made an impact with three goals—all of which came at vital times for the Blues.

    The pick of the bunch was against Manchester City in a 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium, making the Blues the only team to defeat the champions at home.

    There has been rumored interest from Paris Saint-Germain, per the Daily Mail, but Chelsea must do all they can to keep the Serbian at Stamford Bridge.

2. Cesar Azpilicueta

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    Appearances: 29

    Goals: 0

    Yellow Cards: 1

    Red Cards: 0

    It takes some player to dislodge Ashley Cole as the first-choice left-back at Chelsea and Cesar Azpilicueta has proved he is that man.

    That he is a right-back by trade only adds to the achievement of his feat in keeping Cole out of the team this year.

    Azpilicueta has been excellent all season—by far Chelsea's best defender—proving reliable in his defensive duties and also on the attack when allowed to venture forward.

    He's given Jose Mourinho a conundrum now: does he keep him at left-back next season or put him back on the bench behind the equally impressive Branislav Ivanovic at right-back?

1. Eden Hazard

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    Appearances: 35

    Goals: 14

    Yellow Cards: 2

    Red Cards: 0

    Similar to Oscar, Eden Hazard's form alarmingly dropped off in the latter stages of 2013-14. We shouldn't let that prejudice how we view his performances over the course of the season, though.

    Hazard has been Chelsea's outstanding player throughout the campaign, outscoring his teammates and adding some much needed panache to the Blues' performances.

    Whether it was his last-minute penalty against West Bromwich Albion to rescue a point at home or his majestic performance against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Hazard has had Blues fans on their feet all year.

    He has excited like no other, and with a little more attacking intent next season he will be doing the same again.


    *All stats from the official Chelsea FC statistician Paul Dutton (via the matchday programme).

    Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent and will be following the club from a London base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter @garryhayes

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