Having got their hands on every major trophy there is to win during their 115-year history, Chelsea boast a proud past, with many treasured memories from down the years.
Thanks to Three, Chelsea’s official shirt sponsor, 90min were given the chance to sit down with some legends from the Blues’ history: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Tore Andre Flo & Gustavo Poyet to reminisce about their time at Stamford Bridge.
The trio’s Chelsea tenure spanned from the arrivals of Poyet and Flo in the summer of 1997, to the departure of Hasselbaink in 2004.
When asked about their favourite memory at Chelsea, Flo cites the 1999/2000 Champions League quarter final first leg against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge, where the forward’s brace had helped the Blues to a 3-0 half time lead.
“The feeling I had walking into the dressing room at half time was the best feeling I’ve had at Stamford Bridge,” Flo explains.
“I was on the bench watching,” Poyet interjects with a laugh.
For Poyet, his fondest memory is from the same season: his stunning volley to round off a 4-0 opening day victory over Sunderland.
“I’m gonna tell you the one that everybody remembers,” the Uruguayan says. “Apparently it’s the only thing I’ve done for Chelsea: the goal against Sunderland.”
“I remember all my goals. I don’t remember a lot of other people’s goals – but that one I remember,” Hasselbaink adds – who cited his perfect hat-trick against Tottenham in March 2002 as his favourite moment in a Chelsea shirt.
It was Gianfranco Zola who set up Poyet’s famous volley against Sunderland with a delightful dinked pass, and the trio unanimously name the Italian as the best player they played with at Stamford Bridge.
“His vision was so good,” says Flo. “You could just make a run in front of goal and he’d put the ball straight where you wanted it.”
The trio also agree that Dennis Wise was the craziest player they played with at Chelsea – purely due to the sheer volume of red cards he received.
“One season I was 14 games out through injury, and I played more games than him because he was suspended,” laughs Poyet.
Poyet then reveals that he channelled his inner Dennis Wise when having an altercation in the Old Trafford tunnel with Roy Keane – the person he names as his toughest opponent.
“We had a fight in the tunnel at Old Trafford,” the former Brighton boss says. “That was one of the days I got close to Wisey. Most of the people were looking at me like: ‘calm down’. Wisey was looking at me like: ‘come on!'”
The trio went on to win a combined four trophies during their time at Stamford Bridge, but the Premier League title evaded them.
“We were the best team but we didn’t have consistency,” says Hasselbaink.
“We made the foundations for the next generation to win,” Flo adds.