50 Years of Chelsea: 1998-99 Pt 1

The Chelsea FanCast looks back, season by season, to 50 Years of Chelsea history from 1970 to the present day.

Stamford Chidge is joined by Jonathan Kydd and Mark Meehan to look back at the 1998-99 season.

3 months after the end of Chelsea's most successful season since 1971, they started the 1998-99 season by winning their third European trophy, the UEFA Super Cup, beating the mighty Real Madrid 1-0. Hope's naturally were very high for the season and with the signings of Pierluigi Casaraghi, Albert Ferrer, Brian Laudrup and World Cup winner Marcel Desailly, many thought that Chelsea might challenge for their first League title since 1955.

The first half of the season seemed to confirm this view as Chelsea went on a 21 match unbeaten run and the 2-0 defeat of Spurs at White Hart Lane in December put them top of the Premier League at the end of the year.

But, Chelsea were unlucky with injuries with Casaraghi's career ending injury against West Ham in November followed by Laudrup's departure to Copenhagen and then Gus Poyet's injury on Boxing Day denying Chelsea their cutting edge. Thankfully Gianfranco Zola was in impressive for, but would that be enough?

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