Some solid gold reporting from 2003…
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An article written by BBC Sport in 2003 has been tracked down, and it makes for pretty hilarious reading.
Around the time when Roman Abramovich took over and began to flex his financial muscle, rumours were rife that the Blues would spend huge money on nearly every good player in Europe.
The ‘Chelsea Speculation XI’ features the brilliant ‘Position Filled’ in goal, a back three including two attacking fullbacks and one centre-back, a midfield of Joe Cole, Edgar Davids (with Steven Gerrard backing them up from the bench), and Wayne Rooney and Christian Vieiri up top. If this wasn’t enough, Thierry Henry, Patrick Kluivert and Andriy Schevchenko are providing fairly solid rotation options from the bench.
Oh, and Sven Goran Eriksson is manager.