Chelsea’s all-time dream XI and the legends Frank Lampard would sign if they were in their prime

Chelsea’s summer transfer ban left Frank Lampard with limited options on becoming manager.

While he has handled the situation admirably – giving key roles to academy graduates – he would surely relish the opportunity to sign his own players.

But what if he could sign anyone from Chelsea’s history?

Here, we take a look at Chelsea’s all-time best XI, predicting how the club would line up if Lampard had such a luxury.

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Goalkeeper – Petr Cech

Signed in the same summer as Jose Mourinho arrived as manager, Cech quickly became one of the Premier League’s greatest goalkeepers by conceding just 15 goals in his debut campaign.

The Czech went on to win four league titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, a Champions League and a Europa League.

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Right-Back – Peter Sillett

Sir Stanley Matthews once called Sillett the greatest right-back of all time, high praise earned by helping Chelsea lift their first league title in 1954-55.

He scored 34 goals for the club across nine years, and despite only amassing three England caps, Sillett is fondly remembered by all those who saw him play.

Left-Back – Ashley Cole

Although remembered just as much for his exploits at Arsenal, Cole was outstanding for Chelsea between 2006 and 2014, winning four FA Cups (and becoming the most decorated player in the tournament’s history in the process), one league title, and both of the club’s major European honours.

Centre-Back – John Terry

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Perhaps the greatest player ever to wear the Chelsea shirt, “captain, leader, legend” John Terry was a key player under successive managers across a 19-year playing career.

He has won it all, of course, the manager on the pitch through the highs of the Roman…