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Who has been the Blues’ standout performer
Chelsea may have only finished sixth in the Premier League but the 2011/12 season will go down in history after their FA Cup and Champions League double.
There have been many players who helped the Blues reach the summit of European football but which player was the best over the course of the whole season.
PETR CECH may be slightly disappointed with some of the goals he has conceded over the course of the season – the late equaliser against Wigan being one that sticks in the mind. On the whole he was Mr. Reliable between the posts, making some crucial saves. Notably from Andy Carroll in the FA Cup final and saving penalties from Arjen Robben, Ivica Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger in the Champions League final.
ASHLEY COLE is one of the best left backs in the world and his performance in the Champions League final was superb.
The England international made 32 appearances in the League this campaign and his efforts did not go un-noticed.
While the 31-year-old failed to score a competitive goal he did step up to score a penalty in the shout-out against Bayern Munich.
JUAN MATA was only noticeable by his absences. The Spaniard pulled the strings for the Blues for the majority of the season under Andre Villas-Boas and was just as impressive under Roberto Di Matteo. The playmaker was missed for the draw against Fulham and the defeat against Liverpool as the Italian rotated his squad. In 54 appearances in all competitions Mata scored 12 goals, with three of them coming late on in Premier League games. The playmaker was awarded the Chelsea Player of the Year trophy this season.
BRANISLAV IVANOVIC may have been unfortunate to miss out on the Champions League final through suspension after picking up three yellow cards in the tournament but his efforts at right back were superb throughout the season. While Cole failed to find the target, Ivanovic scored five goals in all competitions, including the winner against Napoli on the run to the final. The Serbia international missed out to Mata after being nominated for the club’s Player of the Year award.
RAMIRES’ season will be remembered for that sublime chip against Barcelona as the Blues reached the Champions League final in dramatic fashion at the Nou Camp. The Brazilian had a solid season, chipping in with 12 goals in 47 games as was also nominated for the Player of the Year award. While he did not pick up the gong, the midfielder did win the goal of the season prize for that goal in Spain.
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