When we talk about the team of the decade in the Premier League the first team that comes to mind is the Chelsea team of 2004-06 season under the newly appointed manager Jose Mourinho, sure you could argue about the Invincible gooners who were undefeated in the league that previous season or the Manchester United team of 2007-08 season or even the Chelsea team under Carlo Ancelotti was pretty remarkable, and scored for fun.
But its hard to say any team would have stood a chance against the 2004-06 Chelsea team. Here’s why:
First let’s start with the appointment of “Special one” from FC Porto.
Jose Mourinho was appointed the manager of Chelsea for the 2004-05 season by Roman Abramovich after we were unable to win any trophies the previous season. The club spent some big money under Roman acquiring the likes of Robben, Drogba and Petr Cech making Chelsea the power house of Europe. Most teams in the PL during that time rolled with the 4-4-2 formation which till then had been quite successful.
The arrival of Mourinho saw some big changes in the Chelsea side one of which and perhaps the most interesting one change in our tactics and formation. We started playing in a 4-3-3 formation which resulted in us completely dominating the league and winning the 2004-05 season with 12 points! In the process, we broke several records most notably conceding the fewest goals in a Premiership season – just 15 in 38 games, whilst 25 clean sheets is also a Premiership record and losing just once in the whole league season against Manchester City was pretty amazing. Story was more or less same in the 2005-06 season where we won the league by eight points.
So what was so special that made Chelsea the best team in England or perhaps the best team of the decade in the PL?
Sure there were many reasons that resulted in Chelsea dominating the league, but perhaps the most important one would be the 4-3-3 formation we deployed which saw us destroy the league completely from 2004-06?
Here are five points that explain the reasons why 4-3-3 was so successful: