5. Didier Drogba vs Everton
With Chelsea trailing in the match, José Mourinho’s side had managed to get themselves back in it at 2-2. It did not therefore come as a surprise when Chelsea clinched it at the death, however nobody expected this. The Ivorian chests the ball before turning and smashing it on the half volley. Tim Howard doesn’t even have time to dive. The definition of a goal out of nothing.
4. Michael Essien vs Barcelona
They don’t come much bigger than a Champions League semi final and Michael Essien once again proved he can step up to the plate. The ball is deflected clear and Essien strikes the ball, sending a volley into the top corner off the bar, reminiscent of a Tony Yeboah strike. The goal is made even more remarkable by the fact it is struck by his left foot. It is however a shame that memories of this goal are tainted by the other events of the match.
3. Gus Poyet vs Sunderland
One of the finest team goals in Chelsea’s history. The side, already cruising on the opening day against Sunderland, came up with this gem of a goal. Didier Deschamps sent a wonderful long ball to the magician Zola, who scooped it into the path of Poyet who finished the move with a stunning scissor kick. Brazil anyone?
2. Mario Stanic vs West Ham
On the opening day of the season, on his Premier League debut, Mario Stanic decided it was time to pick up the ball in his own half, juggle it for a little while, and then strike a volley into the top corner. Some introduction eh?
1. Gianfranco Zola vs Norwich
This strike tops my list for two reasons. One because it is Gianfranco Zola; Chelsea’s greatest ever foreign player and absolute legend at Stamford Bridge and two because it is a goal of outstanding technique. The improvisation to pull of a back heel mid-air volley is something that only Zola could do, it was a goal that epitomized his career with Chelsea. Gianfranco, thank you for this goal.
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