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Snap shot: Chelsea's 2005 title winners a decade on

Published: Sunday 3 May 2015, 16.15CET
With Chelsea FC having secured the Premier League title, we look back at José Mourinho's first Blues squad to be crowned champions – where are those players a decade on?
Snap shot: Chelsea's 2005 title winners a decade on
Chelsea celebrate winning the Premier League in 2005 – their first title in 50 years ©
Published: Sunday 3 May 2015, 16.15CET

Snap shot: Chelsea's 2005 title winners a decade on

With Chelsea FC having secured the Premier League title, we look back at José Mourinho's first Blues squad to be crowned champions – where are those players a decade on?

With Chelsea FC just a win away from regaining the Premier League title, winds the clock back ten years to the day when the Blues collected their first league crown under manager José Mourinho and only their second overall. The west Londoners triumphed 2-0 at Bolton Wanderers FC to earn the Portuguese the championship in his debut season in England. We see where the nucleus of that squad is now, and discover that some – Mourinho included – have not gone far at all, geographically at least ...

1. Ricardo Carvalho
2004/05: 25 league appearances, one goal
A firm Mourinho favourite, the centre-back worked with his countryman at FC Porto, Chelsea and – after six years at Stamford Bridge – Real Madrid CF. Now with AS Monaco FC, for whom he made six outings in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League.

2. Nuno Morais
2004/05: two appearances
Defensive midfielder Morais made just a smattering of appearances under Mourinho either side of a loan spell at CS Marítimo and left for APOEL FC in summer 2007. Has been in Nicosia ever since.

3. Damien Duff
2004/05: 30 appearances, six goals
This was perhaps Duff's zenith. Though he also a key performer in 2005/06, the winger would subsequently have three seasons at Newcastle United FC and four at Fulham FC. Most recently plied his trade for Australia's Melbourne City, having retired from international duty with 100 Republic of Ireland caps.

Gudjohnsen still scoring for Iceland

4. Eidur Gudjohnsen
2004/05: 37 appearances, 12 goals
Like many of his ex team-mates, forward Gudjohnsen has come full circle ... well almost. Iceland's long-time talisman, 36, is back at his first English club Bolton Wanderers after sojourns in Barcelona (where he won the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League), Monaco, Athens and Bruges – to name but a few.

5. Mateja Kežman
2004/05: 25 appearances, four goals
Another to have had a nomadic career since fleeing Mourinho's nest, the former Serbia striker retired after brief stints in Belarus and Hong Kong. More illustrious interludes with Club Atlético de Madrid, Fenerbahçe SK and Paris Saint-Germain had followed his solitary campaign at Chelsea.

6. Joe Cole
2004/05: 28 appearances, eight goals
An influential figure for Chelsea and England for years, Cole's career has never quite maintained its momentum since he swapped Chelsea for Liverpool FC in 2010. If the winger's loan to LOSC Lille offered promise, an 18-month return to West Ham United FC and present spell at Aston Villa FC have been disappointing in comparison.

7. John Terry
2004/05: 36 appearances, three goals
More than 300 top-flight matches after that maiden Premier League title, Terry is still Chelsea's skipper and defensive bedrock. Mourinho said the 34-year-old's showing in Sunday's 0-0 draw at Arsenal FC was the "best he had seen". Seemingly re-energised since his England retirement in 2012.

Robben after 2013 Wembley triumph

8. Arjen Robben
2004/05: 18 appearances, seven goals
The Dutch international never quite revealed his world-class potential in England, yet has subsequently won one league title with Real Madrid and three more at FC Bayern München. His crowning moment came back in London, at Wembley, with a dramatic clincher in the 2013 UEFA Champions League final.

9. Carlo Cudicini
2004/05: three appearances
One of only a few players for whom Mourinho's arrival spelled bad news. Chelsea's undoubted No1 before his appointment – and the acquisition of Petr Čech – Cudicini was subsequently a bit-part player at both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur FC. Signed off with a stint at LA Galaxy.

10. Claude Makelele
2004/05: 36 appearances, one goal
The eponymous 'Makelele role' originated in his peerless performances as deep-lying midfielder – a vital position for a manager as tactically disciplined as Mourinho. Makelele finished with three seasons at Paris Saint-Germain. Latterly coach of Ligue 1 outfit SC Bastia but was sacked in November.

11. Petr Čech
2004/05: 35 appearances
Ten years on and Čech – nowadays in a headguard following a nasty collision in 2006 – is still at Chelsea. Not yet consigned to the scrapheap, he nevertheless finds himself behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order despite being labelled as "one of the best three keepers in the world" by Mourinho.

12. Frank Lampard
2004/05: 38 appearances, 13 goals
Chelsea's all-time leading scorer with 211 goals in all competitions – not bad for a midfielder. Lampard is now at Manchester City FC after 13 happy years on the Fulham Road. Received a standing ovation from the Chelsea fans after scoring against them this term and will next year star for New York City FC.

Drogba ends Chelsea's long wait

13. Didier Drogba
2004/05: 26 appearances, ten goals
Drogba was another of what Mourinho called his 'untouchables' during his first stay at Stamford Bridge. Voted in one poll as Chelsea's greatest ever player, he initially left the club following his winning spot kick in the 2012 UEFA Champions League final, but is back in a supporting brief after pitstops in China and Turkey.

14. William Gallas
2004/05: 28 appearances, two goals
Gallas did the rounds in the English capital after quitting Chelsea in 2006, turning out for north London rivals Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC. Also saw out his playing days in Australia, with Perth Glory FC.

All 2004/05 statistics refer to Premier League only.

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