We all go through that period of football nostalgia that makes us want to throw ourselves off a cliff. Why? Because we miss the past, that’s why. For Chelsea fans, things tend to be pretty solid year in and year out but there have been a few speed bumps along the way – thank god. For that reason, let’s take a trip down memory lane and have a look at what their 2012 UEFA Champions League Starting XI are doing nowadays. Not that they need the reminder, that is.
Of course this was less than five years ago so you wouldn’t expect too many of them to be grey and old, but it’s still interesting to see. For all their horrendous behaviour in the transfer market and their generally poor fanbase, the Blues managed to topple a quality Bayern Munich side in their own backyard, so naturally, we want to see what these miracle workers are up to in 2017.
The man with the odd hat now plays for Arsenal. Awkward. Image Source: Twitter
Was his monobrow the best thing about his career? Perhaps. Does the fact he ended up at Trabzonspor prove that theory? We'll let you decide. Image Source: Twitter
Good old Sideshow Bob seemed to go a tad bipolar following the UCL Final. The Brazilian moved to PSG for two years before returning to Chelsea, and now he's playing even better than when he left. Maybe he stood on another rake or two. Image Source: Twitter
Gary Cahill, also known as the human snail, continues to find a consistent place in the Chelsea first-team despite moving past his peak and into that "just go away" territory. Fair play. Image Source: Twitter
Oh Ashley, what a player. Whilst his personality leaves alot to be desired, Cole managed to find success away from England at Roma and then LA Galaxy where he is currently playing. In terms of left backs, you won't find many better. Still cheated on Cheryl, mind. Image Source: Twitter
Mikel John Obi
Following over a decade at the club, King John Obi left Chelsea, this month, in favour of a move to China where he plays for Tianjin TEDA. What a team name, what a story, what a man. Image Source: Twitter
Chelsea, Manchester, New York - it doesn't matter where the bloke goes, as form is temporary but class is permanent for the now retired Lamps. Image Source: Twitter
From Chelsea, to Lille, to Hertha Berlin, good old Salomon always knew how to stay in the spotlight. Image Source: Twitter
Can we take a moment to imagine how awkward Mata's first conversation at new club Manchester United was with Jose Mourinho? Image Source: Twitter
The world collectively goes into silence upon realising that Ryan Bertrand started a Champions League Final. He's at Southampton now, don't you know. Image Source: Twitter
There is no better big-match player than Didier Drogba, and there will never be another forward like him again. Full stop. Never retire, Didier. Image Source: Twitter
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So as Chelsea fans around the world collectively pleasure themselves at the thought of the triumph, we can only sit back in jealousy. A team that wasn’t necessarily the strongest from a technical point of view still managed to overcome the odds and secure the victory, which is a pretty jolly story when you think about it. After all if you’re going to win, do it in style.
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