As the year 2012 is coming to an end, Chelsea fans can call this a very successful year. By winning the coveted Champions League for the first time and winning the FA cup for the 7th time, Chelsea really turned over a bad start which we had to the the 2011-12 season. After the sacking of Andre Villas Boas, Di Matteo took charge of the team, who instilled a great sense of belief in the team and made 2012 a year to remember in Chelsea’s history. The league run was very disappointing, but the fighting spirit in Champions League and FA cup ensured that the league failure didn’t matter.
The 2012-23 season started very impressively under RDM. We lost the Super Cup but the league started off with a bang. However, as the season progressed, few results were not to the liking of Roman Abramovich, who quickly bought in Rafa Benitez to limit the damage. Sadly, Chelsea is out of Champions League this season but, still have four trophies to compete for.
Many important goals were scored this year in the course of Champions League and FA cup victory. Even in the new season we have seen some very important goals.
Now, you guys as Chelsea fans, have to choose the goal which you think was the most important goal of 2012. The goal may not be impressive ability wise, but they were instrumental in the teams victory. Few goals which have made the shortlist may not seem important now(like the Torres and Moses goal), but you have to vote keeping in mind its importance when the goal was scored. Also consider factors like, how the goal lifted the team spirit or how it reduced the pressure on the team, before voting.
The 10 goals which made the shortlist are:
1) Didier Drogba: equalizing goal CL final Vs Bayern Munich
2) Didier Drogba: Winning Penalty CL final Vs Bayern Munich
3) Didier Drogba: Winning goal CL Semi-Final 1st leg vs Barcelona at Stamford Bridge
4) Ramirez: Goal before half-time CL Semi-Final 2nd leg vs Barcelona at Camp Nou
5) Branislav Ivanovic: Winning goal in ET CL Round of 16 2nd leg vs Napoli at Stamford Bridge
6) Didier Drogba: 1st goal CL Round of 16 2nd leg vs Napoli at Stamford Bridge
7) Victor Moses: Winning goal in Injury time Vs Shakhtar Donetsk 2012-13 CL group stage at Stamford Bridge
8) Fernando Torres: Equalizing goal CL Semi-Final 2nd leg Vs Barcelona at Camp Nou
9) Didier Drogba: 2nd goal FA Cup final vs Liverpool
10) Salomon Kalou: Winning goal CL Quarter-final vs Benfica at Estádio da Luz