December is one of the most important months in the EPL title race. A jam packed schedule with League, Cup and European fixtures, add to that festive mood and the cherry on the cake – those cold-wet evenings! No doubt the “winter curse” sends a chill down spines – especially if you’re a Blues fan.
So let’s have a flashback on Chelsea’s league performance in the last 5 years during this period.
The Double Winning Season\ Games played :- 6\ Points:- 9 (W2 D3 L1)\ GD:- +1 \ Ancelotti’s men had a pretty decent December time in our winning campaign. The big fixtures included \ an away trip to Etihad where we lost 3 points and then a home game against Everton which saw an \ entertaining 3-3 draw. We ended our year perfectly defeating rivals Fulham in the West London Derby. \
\ **2010-11 Season **\ Games played :- 4 \ Points:- 5 (W1 D2 L1) \ GD:- -1 \ After winning the previous season, lot was expected fromThe Pensioners this season. The season had its \ own ups and downs and we eventually finished 2 nd , 9 pts behind winners Manchester United. December \ dint go as Ancelotti would have wanted as the team got just 1 point from 2 London Derbies, drew away \ against Spurs and lost away to Arsenal. Our campaign ended on a good note which saw us defeat Bolton \ 1-0 at the Bridge. The highlight of that season of course was the signing of Fernando Torres in the \ January transfer window. King Carlo was eventually sacked on 22 nd May, 2011 after a 1-0 defeat at \ Everton.
**\ 2011-12 Season **\ Games Played:-6 \ Points:-9 (W2 D3 L1) \ GD:-+2 \ 2011-12 Season will forever be remembered by Chelsea fans. We won our 1 st ever Champions League. \ But we dint have the same luck regarding to league as we finished a Decade low 6 th rank. Comparing to \ the entire season, our December fixtures were much better which saw us score 9 points from a possible \ 18. The last fixture of the year saw a shock 1-3 defeat away to Aston Villa.
\ **2012-13 Season **\ Games Played:-5 \ Points:-12(W4 D0 L1) \ GD:-+10 \ After the sacking of Champions League winning manager Roberto Di Matteo, former Liverpool manager \ Rafael Benitez took over on 21 st November. After a bad start we had a string of good fixtures in \ December which saw us finish 3 rd in the league. After losing to West Ham in the start of the month, we \ won all 12 pts from the remaining 4 fixtures which included our season best score of 8-0 against Aston \ Villa.
\ **2013-14 Season **\ Games Played:-7 \ Points:-16(W5 D1 L1) \ GD:-+5 \ This season saw the return of The Special One, or rather – The Happy One. In December, we got 16 \ points out the possible 21. But that din prove to be enough as we once again finished 3 rd . The Big match \ included a trip to our London rivals Arsenal in which we could salvage just one point, a cold windy night \ at Stoke once again haunted us as we gave away a 2-1 lead in stoppage time to lose 2-3 and hosted arch \ rivals Liverpool which saw Eden Hazard score the winning goal to end the score 2-1. \ December fixtures are always important for any team’s title aspirations. This season we have lost just 1 \ game and that has kept us at the top since the start of the league. Jose Mourinho would be expecting \ similar performances from the team as we look to win our 4 th League title and 3 rd under The Special One.
**2014-15 Season \ **Winter Fixtures so far: \ Chelsea 3-0 Spurs \ Newcastle United 2-1 Chelsea \ Chelsea 2-0 Hull City \ Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea \
\ Remaining fixtures \ Chelsea vs West Ham (26th) \ Southampton vs Chelsea (28th) \
\ It’s all looking promising for us so far! Watch out this space for pre-match build-up and post match \ tactical analysis. \ Merry Christmas and a Happy Blue New Year!! \
\ KTBFFH! \ \ - Written by Ronak Merai