5 of the Best Attacking Duos under Roman Abramovich’s Reign at Chelsea

Chelsea has had some of the best players playing for them, at the highest level. They have excelled in every aspect, whether attack or defense. They have dominated the Premier League, Europe, and the world as well. Chelsea is also known for its excellent transfer system and recruitment process. The Club has signed some world-class players in the past 20 years, some have flourished at the club whereas some have flopped. There have been some great attacking duos at the club during Roman Abramovich’s reign as an owner.

Let’s take a look at some of the best-attacking duos in the last 20 years at Chelsea.

Eden Hazard – Diego Costa

The deadly duo of Hazard and Costa at Chelsea would create fear into every Premier League defender’s mind. The best season they had together, 2016-17 was a dream run for Antonio Conte’s men. They won the league after finishing 10th in the previous year. It was all thanks to Hazard and Costa banging in goals ahead. Costa ended up as Chelsea’s top scorer that season with 20 goals. Hazard, on the other hand, scored 17 goals and recorded 7 assists that season.

Didier Drogba – Frank Lampard

Drogba and Lampard were made for each other during Chelsea’s golden generation. They both were prolific goal scorers for the club, even though Lampard was a midfielder. The highest-scoring midfielder in the Premier League and the highest scoring African player in the league would create havoc for the defenders in England. They both helped Chelsea win the Champions League, FA Cup, and the Premier League.

Oscar – Mata

The 2012-13 season for Chelsea was a very big season, attacking-wise. In reality, the attacking trio of Mata, Oscar, and Hazard was responsible for their Europa League title. However, Oscar and Mata were the main culprits behind the attacking supremacy displayed by Chelsea. Mata contributed towards 37% of the total goals Chelsea scored that season.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – Eidur Gudjohnsen

‘Fire and Ice’ was a nickname given to these incredible players during their time at Stamford Bridge, whilst playing for Chelsea. This was in reference to Hasselbaink’s fiery attitude on the field, in comparison to Gudjohnsen’s cool, calm and collected personality. They couldn’t have been more different, both on and off the pitch, but maybe this is what led to them having such a successful rapport with one another. However, Jimmy left Chelsea in 2004 whereas Eidur left Chelsea in 2006. They did not spend much time under Roman Abramovich.

Drogba – Nicolas Anelka

Anelka joined Chelsea in 2008 and was a star during his time. He was an arrogant striker with a demanding attitude, which benefited him in scoring goals. He was the top scorer in the Premier League in 2008-09. His partnership with Didier Drogba in the Chelsea attack was the reason for all the crucial goals that Chelsea scored. The duo was deadly in England as well as Europe.