The 2004-05 season was a momentous one for Chelsea Football Club, as the team secured their first league title in 50 years and won the League Cup. This historic season was managed by José Mourinho during his first season at the club. The 2004-05 season was Chelsea's 91st competitive season, 13th consecutive season in the Premier League, and their 99th year as a club.
Mourinho's leadership during this season was instrumental in the team's success. The Portuguese manager had previously won the Champions League with Porto, and his tactical prowess and man-management skills were evident throughout the season. With his guidance, Chelsea built a formidable squad, with the team's solid defense being a particular strength.
The team's dominance was reflected in the vast number of Premier League records set during the season. They achieved the most away wins in a season (15), kept the cleanest sheets in a season (25), conceded the fewest goals away in a season (9), achieved the most wins in a season (29), and conceded the fewest goals in a season (15). As of 2022, Chelsea still holds the defensive records for most clean sheets and the fewest goals conceded in a Premier League season.
After narrowly missing out on the league title to the unbeaten Arsenal in the previous season, Chelsea continued to invest heavily in their squad to build a team capable of challenging for honors. The team was in their second season under the ownership of Roman Abramovich, who allowed them to sign five players for more than £10 million each. These signings included Ivorian striker Didier Drogba from Marseille and defender Ricardo Carvalho from Mourinho's former club, Porto. Portuguese defender Paulo Ferreira also followed Mourinho to Chelsea from Porto.
Drogba, in particular, was a key signing for the club. He had a remarkable impact on the team, scoring 16 goals in his first Premier League season and forming a potent attacking partnership with Dutch winger Arjen Robben. The team's defense was also strengthened by the signings of Carvalho and Ferreira, who formed a formidable backline alongside captain John Terry.
Overall, the 2004-05 season was a historic one for Chelsea Football Club. With Mourinho at the helm and a strong squad in place, the team achieved an unprecedented level of success, winning the Premier League title and the League Cup. The team's impressive defensive record still stands today, and their achievement in breaking so many Premier League records in a single season will be remembered for years to come.
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