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)
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)
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
2011-12 Season **
Points:-9 (W2 D3 L1)
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 **
Points:-12(W4 D0 L1)
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
**2013-14 Season **
Points:-16(W5 D1 L1)
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.
**Winter Fixtures so far:
Chelsea 3-0 Spurs
Newcastle United 2-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 2-0 Hull City
Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea \
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
Merry Christmas and a Happy Blue New Year!! \
- Written by Ronak Merai