Ivanovic, Mikel, Mata and Hazard in but Diego Costa misses out – Chelsea’s team of the decade

The 2010s are coming to an end and it is fair to say that Chelsea have been one of the most successful clubs in the past decade.

The Blues became the first, and still only, London club to win the Champions League and have clinched the Europa League twice.

The Premier League was won in the 2009/10 season and another twice after that, with the latest being in the 2016/17 season under Antonio Conte.

Three FA Cup successes have come as well, with the Blues remaining to be one of the top clubs in English football and across Europe.

But over those ten years, who would have been the best XI that the club might have put out?

Over the next few days, football.london are profiling the very best of the Blues in the decade with a number of pieces, so here is the first.

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Goalkeepers

Over the past decade, Chelsea have seen three goalkeepers be the mainstays of the Blues team, with Petr Cech, Thibaut Courtois and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

But in the eyes of Chelsea fans, there is no doubt that Cech would remain the legend and gets into the team of the decade.

With 2012 alone being enough to win it for him, Courtois left in the Blues in circumstances that did not go down well with the Blues, pushing through a move to Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, Kepa has only been at the Blues for just over the season and still settling in at Stamford Bridge.

So it’s Cech who wins it by a landslide.

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Defence

When it comes to the centre-back position, then John Terry flies straight into the position, and there isn’t much debate over the fact that he is named.

The other place, however, is up for some debate and it comes down to a couple of names who have played a big part of Chelsea’s history in the last ten years.

Firstly, Gary Cahill spent more than seven years with the Blues and won everything. The Champions League, Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and…