Eden Hazard and Frank Lampard in but no place for Costa - Chelsea team of the decade revealed

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Eden Hazard and Frank Lampard in but no place for Costa - Chelsea team of the decade revealed

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We are come towards the end of the 2010s and it is fair to say that Chelsea have been one of the most successful clubs in the past decade.

The Blues became the first, and still only, London club to win the Champions League and have clinched the Europa League twice.

The Premier League was won in the 2009/10 season and another twice after that, with the latest being in the 2016/17 season under Antonio Conte.

Three FA Cup successes have come as well, with the Blues remaining to be one of the top clubs in English football and across Europe.

But over those ten years, who would have been the best XI that the club might have put out?

Over the next few days, football.london are profiling the very best of the Blues in the decade with a number of pieces, so here is the first.

Goalkeepers

Over the past decade, Chelsea have seen three goalkeepers be the mainstays of the Blues team, with Petr Cech, Thibaut Courtois and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

But in the eyes of Chelsea fans, there is no doubt that Cech would remain the legend and gets into the team of the decade.

With 2012 alone being enough to win it for him, Courtois left in the Blues in circumstances that did not go down well with the Blues, pushing through a move to Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, Kepa has only been at the Blues for just over the season and still settling in at Stamford Bridge.

So it's Cech who wins it by a landslide.

Defence

When it comes to the centre-back position, then John Terry flies straight into the position, and there isn't much debate over the fact that he is named.

The other place, however, is up for some debate and it comes down to a couple of names who have played a big part of Chelsea's history in the last ten years.

Firstly, Gary Cahill spent more than seven years with the Blues and won everything. The Champions League, Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup.

Over two stints with the Blues in the 2010s, David Luiz also oversaw a successful time with Chelsea, including that Champions League victory in Munich.

But it is probably the former who gets the nod, becoming captain of the team as well and really putting everything into his performances for the team.

On the left, the 2010s might not have seen the best of Ashley Cole's years, but the Blues have bounced around other left-backs and nobody has really come close to him yet.

At right-back it is a very close call, between Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic, with both players having been big players for the Blues.

However, I'm going for the Serbian for the role that he played in Chelsea's early decade success, the amount of goals that he scored and the important ones in big moments.

Midfield

Frank Lampard might be the Chelsea boss right now, but of course you can't forget the legendary performances that he put in for the club.

Of course, at the beginning of the decade it was coming to the end of Lampard's time with Chelsea, but he still had time to win the Champions League and Europa League. So he goes straight in.

The only player who makes it into the team out of those still playing for the Blues is N'Golo Kante.

Kante has made a huge impact everywhere that he has played, and he remains a world class player, if he can stay away from injuries.

There is a lot of debate for the third and final position, with Cesc Fabregas certainly being one to throw his hat in the ring.

Ramires also was excellent at times for the Blues, while Oscar had some good moments, but was not as consistent as his talent should have provided.

But for the holding midfield role, I have gone for Jon Obi Mikel, which might be a bit of a strange choice for some.

However, Michael Essien didn't play too much at the beginning of the decade and it allows Kante to have a bit more freedom going forward.

Forwards

When it comes to the front line, then Chelsea supporters would surely not have anyone else above Didier Drogba to head up the attack.

Diego Costa certainly would go close with the former Ivory Coast international, but Drogba's ability to score in big games, and for 2012 alone, he gets the nod.

To his left, Eden Hazard had seven brilliant years with the Blues, with his talent dragging the club through on several occasions. It's a no brainer.

On the other side, it could be an interesting decision, and I am going for Juan Mata to play off the right, cutting in with his left foot.

While he was only at the club for three seasons, it can't be forgotten just how good he was.

Named Chelsea Player of the Year twice in a row, Mata played a big part of the Blues winning the Champions League and Europa League.

Chelsea team (4-3-3): Cech; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Essien, Lampard, Kante; Mata, Drogba, Hazard.

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