Few will ever forget the 2003-04 season, as Chelsea recorded our second best ever seasonal campaign, propelling ourselves back into the big three of the English League with our second highest finish, and progressing further than before in the UEFA Champions League. There may be no trophies to show after a thrilling year, but strong foundations have been laid and there have been some fond memories created along the way.
The arrival of Roman Abramovich in the summer 2003 signalled one of the biggest spending sprees ever recorded in football history, as Claudio Ranieri raided both the domestic and international scenes to assemble a team that would challenge for honours both home and abroad. In came Damien Duff, Wayne Bridge, Glen Johnson, Joe Cole, Geremi, Adrian Mutu, Hernan Crespo, Claude Makelele and Juan Sebastian Veron all before the first transfer shutdown, and when it re-opened in January, England's rising star Scott Parker was added to further strengthen the squad, which together with the current crop of players would delight and entertain the Stamford Bridge faithful.
It was a season to remember as Claudio Ranieri prepared his group of international superstars for an attack on all fronts. On home soil, the team recorded the most points we have ever attained in the top-flight, with some fine victories along the way, most notably against arch-rivals Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, whilst in Europe the 4-0 defeat of Lazio in their own back yard, became the biggest win by any foreign club on Italian turf at that time.
Records have been broken and reputations have been created, now sit back and relax, and watch all the goals fly in once more as we look back on a remarkable season, with every game featured, post-match reaction as it happened, exclusive player interviews as they reflect on the campaign, and presented by lifelong Blue and presenter of sky Sports award winning Soccer AM, Tim Lovejoy.