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Season 1997-1998

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Manchester United (0) 1 Chelsea (0) 1

Date: Sunday, 3rd August 1997 Report
Competition: F.A. Charity Shield
Venue: Wembley
Attendance: 73,636
Referee: Peter Jones (Loughborough)
Manchester United Schmeichel, Irwin, Johnsen, Pallister, Butt, Cole, Sheringham (Cruyff 72), Giggs (Beckham 72), P Neville, Keane, Scholes
   Scorer Johnsen 57
   Booked Sheringham 43
   Subs Not Used van der Gouw, G Neville, McClair, Poborsky, Thornley
   Manager Alex Ferguson
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 8 Gus Poyet, 10 Mark Hughes ( 9 Gianluca Vialli 76), 11 Dennis Wise, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 17 Danny Granville, 20 Frank Sinclair, 25 Gianfranco Zola, 28 Jody Morris ( 2 Dan Petrescu 46)
   Scorer Hughes 52
   Booked Sinclair 26, Wise 30, Petrescu 90
   Subs Not Used 22 Mark Nicholls, 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 29 Neil Clement, 4 Ruud Gullit, 21 Paul Hughes
   Debut Players Eduard De Goey, Gus Poyet
   Manager Ruud Gullit
Lost 2-4 on penalties.
Penalty Shoot-Out Sinclair-saved 0-0, Scholes-scored 0-1, Zola-scored 1-1, Irwin-scored 1-2, Di Matteo-missed 1-2, Keane-scored 1-3, Lebouef-scored 2-3, Butt-scored 2-4

Coventry City (1) 3 Chelsea (1) 2

Date: Saturday, 9th August 1997 Report   More Reports
Competition: Premier League     Position 14
Venue: Highfield Road
Attendance: 22,686
Referee: Paul A Durkin (Portland)
Coventry City Ogrizovic, Shaw, Burrows, Williams, Breen (Boland 80), Telfer, McAllister, Soltvedt, Dublin, Huckerby (Lightbourne 71), Salako
   Scorers Dublin 41, Dublin 82, Dublin 88
   Booked Burrows, Huckerby, Lightbourne, Williams
   Subs Not Used Richardson, Hall, Hedman
   Manager Gordon Strachan
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 8 Gus Poyet, 10 Mark Hughes (19 Tore Andre Flo 68), 11 Dennis Wise, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo (28 Jody Morris 80), 20 Frank Sinclair, 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Scorers Sinclair 39, Flo 71
   Booked Leboeuf, Wise, Hughes 67
   Subs Not Used 9 Gianluca Vialli, 17 Danny Granville, 31 Nick Colgan
   Debut Players Tore Andre Flo
   Manager Ruud Gullit

Barnsley (0) 0 Chelsea (3) 6

Date: Sunday, 24th August 1997 Report
Competition: Premier League     Position 11
Venue: Oakwell
Attendance: 18,170
Referee: Graham Poll (Tring)
Barnsley Watson, Eaden, Sheridan (Marcelle 45), Moses, De Zeeuw, Hendrie (Liddell 60), Redfearn, Wilkinson (Hristov 45), Bullock, Tinkler, Barnard
   Subs Not Used Appleby, Leese
   Manager Danny Wilson
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu (17 Danny Granville 72), 6 Steve Clarke, 8 Gus Poyet (22 Mark Nicholls 70), 9 Gianluca Vialli, 11 Dennis Wise, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 18 Andy Myers, 20 Frank Sinclair, 25 Gianfranco Zola (19 Tore Andre Flo 55)
   Scorers Petrescu 25, Poyet 38, Vialli 44, Vialli 57, Vialli 65, Vialli 82
   Booked Wise
   Subs Not Used 10 Mark Hughes, 13 Kevin Hitchcock
   Manager Ruud Gullit

Wimbledon (0) 0 Chelsea (0) 2

Date: Wednesday, 27th August 1997 Report
Competition: Premier League     Position 6
Venue: Selhurst Park
Attendance: 22,237
Referee: Martin J Bodenham (East Looe)
Wimbledon Sullivan, Cunningham, Kimble, Blackwell, Earle, Ekoku (Clarke 73), Holdsworth (Euell 73), Gayle, Perry, McAllister, Ardley
   Booked Holdsworth, McAllister
   Subs Not Used Hughes, Heald, Jupp
   Manager Joe Kinnear
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu, 6 Steve Clarke, 8 Gus Poyet, 9 Gianluca Vialli, 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 19 Tore Andre Flo, 20 Frank Sinclair
   Scorers DiMatteo 60, Petrescu 64
   Booked Clarke, Le Saux, Petrescu
   Subs Not Used 10 Mark Hughes, 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 18 Andy Myers, 22 Mark Nicholls, 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Manager Ruud Gullit

Chelsea (4) 4 Southampton (1) 2

Date: Saturday, 30th August 1997 Report   More Reports
Competition: Premier League     Position 4
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 30,008
Referee: Alan B Wilkie (Chester-le-Street)
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu ( 6 Steve Clarke 78), 5 Frank Leboeuf, 8 Gus Poyet, 10 Mark Hughes, 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo (22 Mark Nicholls 71), 20 Frank Sinclair, 25 Gianfranco Zola ( 9 Gianluca Vialli 71)
   Scorers Petrescu 7, Leboeuf 28, Hughes 31, Wise 34
   Booked Nicholls
   Sent Off Sinclair 78
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 19 Tore Andre Flo
   Manager Ruud Gullit
Southampton Jones, Dodd, Monkou, Benali, Todd, Hughes, Magilton, Maddison (Neilson 50), Spedding (Williams 71), Ostenstad, Davies (Evans 50)
   Scorers Davies 25, Monkou 59
   Booked Hughes, Monkou, Neilson, Williams
   Subs Not Used Taylor, Johansen
   Manager Dave Jones

Crystal Palace (0) 0 Chelsea (2) 3

Date: Saturday, 13th September 1997
Competition: Premier League     Position 3
Venue: Selhurst Park
Attendance: 26,186
Referee: Gerald R Ashby (Worcester)
Crystal Palace Miller, Gordon, Roberts, Tuttle, Linighan, Lombardo, Shipperley, Dyer (Freedman 55), Muscat (Zohar 73), Emblen (Veart 83), Fullarton
   Booked Lombardo, Muscat, Roberts, Tuttle
   Subs Not Used Nash, Hreidarsson
   Manager Steve Coppell
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 8 Gus Poyet, 10 Mark Hughes, 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 19 Tore Andre Flo, 21 Paul Hughes, 22 Mark Nicholls
   Scorers Mark Hughes 20, Leboeuf 26 (Pen), Le Saux 90
   Booked Mark Hughes, Poyet
   Subs Not Used 9 Gianluca Vialli, 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 17 Danny Granville, 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Manager Ruud Gullit

Chelsea (1) 2 Slovan Bratislava (0) 0

Date: Thursday, 18th September 1997 Report
Competition: European Cup Winners Cup Round 1 (First Leg)
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 23,067
Referee: R Boggi (Italy)
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 8 Gus Poyet, 9 Gianluca Vialli, 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 17 Danny Granville, 21 Paul Hughes, 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Scorers DiMatteo 6, Granville 80
   Booked Hughes
   Subs Not Used 4 Ruud Gullit, 10 Mark Hughes, 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 18 Andy Myers, 19 Tore Andre Flo, 22 Mark Nicholls, 28 Jody Morris
   Manager Ruud Gullit
Slovan Bratislava Konig, Glonek, Sobona, Antalovic, Gunda, Pecko, Tomaschek, Novak (Timko 51), Hornyak, Kereszturi (Moder 80), Borisenko (Muzlay 63)
   Booked Antalovic, Sobona, Timko, Tomaschek
   Subs Not Used Kentos, Pukalovic, Puchner, Bernady
   Manager Jozef Prochotsky

Chelsea (1) 2 Arsenal (1) 3

Date: Sunday, 21st September 1997 Report
Competition: Premier League     Position 5
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 31,549
Referee: Dermot J Gallagher (Banbury)
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu (22 Mark Nicholls 45), 5 Frank Leboeuf, 8 Gus Poyet, 9 Gianluca Vialli (10 Mark Hughes 57), 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo (19 Tore Andre Flo 61), 21 Paul Hughes, 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Scorers Poyet 40, Zola 60
   Booked Leboeuf, Wise
   Sent Off Leboeuf 67
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 18 Andy Myers
   Manager Ruud Gullit
Arsenal Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Vieira, Bould, Adams, Wright, Bergkamp, Overmars (Grimandi 90), Parlour (Boa Morte 88), Petit
   Scorers Bergkamp 45, Bergkamp 59, Winterburn 89
   Booked Bergkamp, Bould, Grimandi
   Subs Not Used Anelka, Manninger, Upson
   Manager Arsene Wenger

Manchester United (1) 2 Chelsea (1) 2

Date: Wednesday, 24th September 1997 Report
Competition: Premier League     Position 5
Venue: Old Trafford
Attendance: 55,163
Referee: Gary S Willard (Worthing)
Manchester United Schmeichel, Neville (Giggs 80), Irwin, Pallister, Beckham, Butt, Cole, Poborsky (Solskjaer 66), Keane, Scholes (Sheringham 66), Berg
   Scorers Scholes 36, Solskjaer 86
   Booked Irwin, Keane, Scholes
   Subs Not Used Johnsen, Van Der Gouw
   Manager Alex Ferguson
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 7 Bernard Lambourde, 8 Gus Poyet, 10 Mark Hughes, 11 Dennis Wise, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 18 Andy Myers, 21 Paul Hughes, 25 Gianfranco Zola (19 Tore Andre Flo 89)
   Scorers Berg (O.G) 25, Mark Hughes 68
   Booked Lambourde, Mark Hughes, Paul Hughes, Wise, Zola
   Subs Not Used 4 Ruud Gullit, 9 Gianluca Vialli, 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 22 Mark Nicholls
   Debut Players Bernard Lambourde
   Manager Ruud Gullit

Chelsea (0) 1 Newcastle United (0) 0

Date: Saturday, 27th September 1997 Report   More Reports
Competition: Premier League     Position 4
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 31,563
Referee: Mike A Riley (Leeds)
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 7 Bernard Lambourde, 8 Gus Poyet, 11 Dennis Wise, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo (10 Mark Hughes 58), 18 Andy Myers, 19 Tore Andre Flo, 21 Paul Hughes (20 Frank Sinclair 25), 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Scorer Poyet 75
   Subs Not Used 9 Gianluca Vialli, 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 22 Mark Nicholls
   Manager Ruud Gullit
Newcastle United Given, Barton, Beresford (Howey 61), Batty, Peacock, Rush, Barnes (Gillespie 75), Tomasson (Ketsbaia 56), Watson, Pistone, Albert
   Booked Watson
   Subs Not Used Hislop, Hamilton
   Manager Kenny Dalglish

Slovan Bratislava (0) 0 Chelsea (1) 2

Date: Thursday, 2nd October 1997 Report
Competition: European Cup Winners Cup Round 1 (Second Leg)
Venue: Tehelnom Poli, Bratislava
Attendance: 13,850
Referee: Alain Hamer (Luxembourg)
Slovan Bratislava Konig, Gunda, Pecko, Tomaschek, Novak, Muzlay, Hornyak, Moder, Kereszturi, Borisenko (Nagy 61), Pukalovic (Puchner 65)
   Booked Pecko
   Subs Not Used Sobana, Hoger, Bernady
   Manager Jozef Prochotsky
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu (22 Mark Nicholls 73), 5 Frank Leboeuf, 7 Bernard Lambourde, 8 Gus Poyet ( 3 Celestine Babayaro 46), 9 Gianluca Vialli, 11 Dennis Wise, 14 Graeme Le Saux (17 Danny Granville 65), 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 19 Tore Andre Flo, 20 Frank Sinclair
   Scorers Vialli 27, DiMatteo 60
   Booked DiMatteo, Poyet
   Subs Not Used 6 Steve Clarke, 10 Mark Hughes, 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Debut Players Celestine Babayaro
   Manager Ruud Gullit

Liverpool (2) 4 Chelsea (1) 2

Date: Sunday, 5th October 1997 Report
Competition: Premier League     Position 5
Venue: Anfield
Attendance: 36,647
Referee: David R Elleray (Harrow-On-The-Hill)
Liverpool James, Jones (McAteer 46), Kvarme, Babb, McManaman, Fowler, Riedle, Berger, Ince, Bjornebye, Carragher
   Scorers Berger 20, Berger 35, Berger 57, Fowler 64
   Booked Ince, McAteer
   Subs Not Used Harkness, Thomas, Owen, Nielson
   Manager Roy Evans
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu (19 Tore Andre Flo 60), 6 Steve Clarke, 7 Bernard Lambourde, 8 Gus Poyet, 10 Mark Hughes, 11 Dennis Wise, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 20 Frank Sinclair, 25 Gianfranco Zola ( 4 Ruud Gullit 27)
   Scorers Zola 22, Poyet 85 (Pen)
   Booked Petrescu, Wise, Lambourde 15
   Sent Off Lambourde 26
   Subs Not Used 3 Celestine Babayaro, 9 Gianluca Vialli, 13 Kevin Hitchcock
   Manager Ruud Gullit

Chelsea (0) 1 Blackburn Rovers (0) 1

Date: Wednesday, 15th October 1997 Report
Competition: Coca Cola Cup Round 3
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 18,671
Referee: Keith W Burge (Tonypandy)
Chelsea 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 3 Celestine Babayaro, 4 Ruud Gullit (15 David Lee 46), 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 9 Gianluca Vialli, 10 Mark Hughes (32 Steven Hampshire 61), 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 17 Danny Granville, 22 Mark Nicholls, 24 Eddie Newton (20 Frank Sinclair 79)
   Scorer DiMatteo 61
   Sent Off Vialli 104
   Debut Players Steven Hampshire
   Final Appearances Steven Hampshire
   Manager Ruud Gullit
Blackburn Rovers Flowers, Valery, Pedersen, Hendry (Henchoz 87), Sutton, Dahlin, Croft, McKinlay (Sherwood 67), Flitcroft, Andersson, Duff (Bohinen 77)
   Scorer McKinlay 47
   Booked Valery
   Manager Roy Hodgson
After extra time. Won 4-1 on penalties.
Penalty Shoot-Out Leboeuf-scored 1-0, Sutton-saved 1-0, Sinclair-scored 2-0, Bohinen-over bar 2-0, Clarke-scored 3-0, Croft-scored 3-1, Nicholls-scored 4-1

Chelsea (0) 1 Leicester City (0) 0

Date: Saturday, 18th October 1997
Competition: Premier League     Position 4
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 33,356
Referee: Uriah D Rennie (Sheffield)
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu, 3 Celestine Babayaro, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 14 Graeme Le Saux ( 4 Ruud Gullit 28), 16 Roberto DiMatteo (10 Mark Hughes 74), 19 Tore Andre Flo ( 9 Gianluca Vialli 80), 20 Frank Sinclair, 24 Eddie Newton, 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Scorer Leboeuf 88
   Booked Babayaro, Sinclair
   Subs Not Used 7 Bernard Lambourde, 13 Kevin Hitchcock
   Manager Ruud Gullit
Leicester City Arphexad, Kaamark, Guppy, Prior, Elliott, Savage, Lennon, Izzet, Campbell (Watts 80), Claridge, Heskey
   Booked Izzet
   Subs Not Used Andrews, Fenton, Cottee, Wilson
   Manager Martin O'Neill

Tromso (2) 3 Chelsea (0) 2

Date: Thursday, 23rd October 1997
Competition: European Cup Winners Cup Round 2 (First Leg)
Venue: Alfheim, Tromso
Attendance: 6,438
Referee: Jacek Granat (Poland)
Tromso Grenersen, Arst, S Nilsen, B Johansen (Hafsted 64), Berntsen, Fermann (Balling 69), Johansen, Lange, Kraemer, Christensen, Hansen
   Scorers S Nilsen 6, Fermann 19, Arst 86
   Booked Kraemer
   Subs Not Used Tollefson, Stein Berg Johansen, O Nilsen, R Johansen
   Manager Hakan Sandberg
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 3 Celestine Babayaro, 5 Frank Leboeuf (18 Andy Myers 87), 6 Steve Clarke, 9 Gianluca Vialli, 11 Dennis Wise, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 17 Danny Granville (10 Mark Hughes 46), 20 Frank Sinclair, 24 Eddie Newton, 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Scorers Vialli 85, Vialli 90
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 2 Dan Petrescu, 7 Bernard Lambourde, 19 Tore Andre Flo, 22 Mark Nicholls
   Manager Ruud Gullit

Bolton Wanderers (0) 1 Chelsea (0) 0

Date: Sunday, 26th October 1997
Competition: Premier League     Position 4
Venue: Reebok Stadium
Attendance: 24,080
Referee: Peter Jones (Loughborough)
Bolton Wanderers Branagan, Frandsen, Taggart, Sellars, Thompson, Bergsson, Beardsley (Pollock 82), Blake, Phillips, Fish, Holdsworth
   Scorer Holdsworth 72
   Booked Taggart
   Subs Not Used Johansen, Ward, Aljofree, Gunnlaugsson
   Manager Colin Todd
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu, 3 Celestine Babayaro, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 10 Mark Hughes, 18 Andy Myers, 19 Tore Andre Flo, 20 Frank Sinclair, 22 Mark Nicholls ( 4 Ruud Gullit 76), 24 Eddie Newton
   Booked Babayaro
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 17 Danny Granville, 28 Jody Morris, 33 Joe Sheerin
   Manager Ruud Gullit

Aston Villa (0) 0 Chelsea (1) 2

Date: Saturday, 1st November 1997 Report   More Reports
Competition: Premier League     Position 4
Venue: Villa Park
Attendance: 39,372
Referee: Steve W Dunn (Bristol)
Aston Villa Oakes, Charles, Wright, Ehiogu, Southgate, Scimeca, Nelson (Taylor 60), Grayson, Draper, Yorke, Joachim (Milosevic 60)
   Booked Milosevic
   Subs Not Used Staunton, Curcic, Ghent
   Penalty Missed Yorke 23 (Wide)
   Manager Brian Little
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu ( 6 Steve Clarke 69), 3 Celestine Babayaro, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 10 Mark Hughes, 18 Andy Myers, 20 Frank Sinclair, 22 Mark Nicholls, 24 Eddie Newton, 25 Gianfranco Zola (19 Tore Andre Flo 80), 28 Jody Morris (16 Roberto DiMatteo 64)
   Scorers Hughes 38, Flo 82
   Subs Not Used 17 Danny Granville, 13 Kevin Hitchcock
   Manager Ruud Gullit

Chelsea (3) 7 Tromso (1) 1

Date: Thursday, 6th November 1997 Report
Competition: European Cup Winners Cup Round 2 (Second Leg)
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 29,363
Referee: Vaslily Melnichuk (Ukraine)
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu, 3 Celestine Babayaro, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 9 Gianluca Vialli (19 Tore Andre Flo 87), 11 Dennis Wise, 16 Roberto DiMatteo ( 7 Bernard Lambourde 80), 18 Andy Myers, 20 Frank Sinclair, 24 Eddie Newton ( 6 Steve Clarke 70), 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Scorers Petrescu 13, Vialli 24, Zola 43, Leboeuf 55 (Pen), Vialli 61, Vialli 76, Petrescu 86
   Subs Not Used 10 Mark Hughes, 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 17 Danny Granville, 22 Mark Nicholls
   Manager Ruud Gullit
Tromso Grenersen, Johansen, Hansen, Nilsen, Kraemer, Berntsen, B Johansen, Christensen, Fermann (Hafsted 57), Arst (S Johansen 70), Lange
   Scorer B Johansen 39
   Booked Berntsen, Hansen 41
   Sent Off Hansen 54
   Subs Not Used Tollefson, Pedersen, Balling, R Johansen
   Manager Hakan Sandberg

Chelsea (0) 2 West Ham United (0) 1

Date: Sunday, 9th November 1997 Report
Competition: Premier League     Position 4
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 34,382
Referee: Graham P Barber (Pyrford)
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu (22 Mark Nicholls 35), 3 Celestine Babayaro, 5 Frank Leboeuf ( 4 Ruud Gullit 90), 10 Mark Hughes, 11 Dennis Wise, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 18 Andy Myers, 20 Frank Sinclair, 24 Eddie Newton, 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Scorers Ferdinand (O.G) 57, Zola 83
   Booked Hughes, Leboeuf
   Subs Not Used 9 Gianluca Vialli, 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 19 Tore Andre Flo
   Manager Ruud Gullit
West Ham United Forrest, Rowland, Unsworth (Potts 45), Pearce, Ferdinand, Lomas, Lampard, Berkovic, Hartson, Moncur (Abou 67), Impey
   Scorer Hartson 85 (Pen)
   Booked Abou, Pearce, Rowland
   Subs Not Used Sealey, Dowie, Bishop
   Manager Harry Redknapp

Chelsea (0) 2 Southampton (0) 1

Date: Wednesday, 19th November 1997 Report
Competition: Coca Cola Cup Round 4
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 20,968
Referee: David R Elleray (Harrow-On-The-Hill)
Chelsea 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 4 Ruud Gullit (15 David Lee 57), 6 Steve Clarke, 7 Bernard Lambourde, 11 Dennis Wise (10 Mark Hughes 106), 17 Danny Granville, 19 Tore Andre Flo, 20 Frank Sinclair ( 3 Celestine Babayaro 80), 22 Mark Nicholls, 28 Jody Morris, 34 Nicholas Crittenden
   Scorers Flo 61, Morris 118
   Debut Players Nicholas Crittenden
   Manager Ruud Gullit
Southampton Jones, Dodd, Benali, Monkou, Lundekvam (Spedding 71), Richardson (Johansen 93), Palmer, Oakley, Le Tissier, Davies, Hirst (Williams 77)
   Scorer Davies 52
   Booked Davies, Palmer
   Manager Dave Jones
After extra time. Score at 90 mins 1-1.

Blackburn Rovers (1) 1 Chelsea (0) 0

Date: Saturday, 22nd November 1997 Report   More Reports
Competition: Premier League     Position 4
Venue: Ewood Park
Attendance: 27,683
Referee: Steve J Lodge (Barnsley)
Blackburn Rovers Flowers, Kenna, Sherwood, Pedersen, Ripley (Wilcox 69), Gallacher, Sutton, Flitcroft, McKinlay, Croft, Henchoz
   Scorer Croft 11
   Subs Not Used Bohinen, Duff, Broomes, Fettis
   Manager Roy Hodgson
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu (19 Tore Andre Flo 71), 3 Celestine Babayaro, 5 Frank Leboeuf (17 Danny Granville 82), 6 Steve Clarke, 10 Mark Hughes, 11 Dennis Wise, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 20 Frank Sinclair, 24 Eddie Newton, 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Booked DiMatteo, Newton, Sinclair
   Subs Not Used 9 Gianluca Vialli, 22 Mark Nicholls, 13 Kevin Hitchcock
   Manager Ruud Gullit

Chelsea (0) 2 Everton (0) 0

Date: Wednesday, 26th November 1997 Report
Competition: Premier League     Position 3
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 34,148
Referee: Neale Barry (Scunthorpe)
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu, 3 Celestine Babayaro, 6 Steve Clarke (17 Danny Granville 51), 9 Gianluca Vialli (19 Tore Andre Flo 75), 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 20 Frank Sinclair, 22 Mark Nicholls (10 Mark Hughes 51), 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Scorers Wise 80 (Pen), Zola 90 (Pen)
   Booked Wise
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 34 Nicholas Crittenden
   Manager Ruud Gullit
Everton Southall, Ward, Hinchcliffe (Oster 83), Williamson, Short, Bilic, Phelan (Ball 68), Barmby, Ferguson, Speed, Farrelly (Cadamarteri 83)
   Booked Ferguson, Hinchcliffe, Short
   Sent Off Bilic 90
   Subs Not Used O'Toole, Thomas
   Manager Dave Watson

Chelsea (2) 4 Derby County (0) 0

Date: Saturday, 29th November 1997 Report   More Reports
Competition: Premier League     Position 2
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 34,554
Referee: Uriah D Rennie (Sheffield)
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu, 3 Celestine Babayaro, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 10 Mark Hughes (19 Tore Andre Flo 79), 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 20 Frank Sinclair, 25 Gianfranco Zola (34 Nicholas Crittenden 86)
   Scorers Zola 12, Hughes 35, Zola 66, Zola 77
   Booked DiMatteo, Hughes, Sinclair
   Subs Not Used 7 Bernard Lambourde, 9 Gianluca Vialli, 13 Kevin Hitchcock
   Manager Ruud Gullit
Derby County Poom, Rowett, C Powell, Yates (D Powell 77), Sturridge, Wanchope (Burton 62), Carsley, Eranio, Dailly, Kozluk, Baiano (Hunt 77)
   Booked Carsley, Powell, Sturridge
   Subs Not Used Solis, Hoult
   Manager Jim Smith

Tottenham Hotspur (1) 1 Chelsea (1) 6

Date: Saturday, 6th December 1997 Report   More Reports
Competition: Premier League     Position 2
Venue: White Hart Lane
Attendance: 28,476
Referee: Dermot J Gallagher (Banbury)
Tottenham Hotspur Walker, Calderwood, Fox, Nielsen (Anderton 60), Ferdinand, Carr, Ginola, Vega, Wilson, Scales (Allen 71), Sinton (Edinburgh 56)
   Scorer Vega 43
   Subs Not Used Baardsen, Mabbutt
   Manager Christian Gross
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu, 3 Celestine Babayaro (22 Mark Nicholls 20), 5 Frank Leboeuf, 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 19 Tore Andre Flo, 20 Frank Sinclair, 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Scorers Flo 40, DiMatteo 48, Petrescu 59, Flo 63, Nicholls 78, Flo 90
   Booked DiMatteo
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 9 Gianluca Vialli, 10 Mark Hughes, 18 Andy Myers
   Manager Ruud Gullit

Chelsea (0) 0 Leeds United (0) 0

Date: Saturday, 13th December 1997 Report   More Reports
Competition: Premier League     Position 3
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 34,690
Referee: Graham Poll (Tring)
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu (34 Nicholas Crittenden 86), 5 Frank Leboeuf, 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 19 Tore Andre Flo, 20 Frank Sinclair, 22 Mark Nicholls ( 9 Gianluca Vialli 57), 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Booked Nicholls, DiMatteo 20, Wise 24
   Subs Not Used 6 Steve Clarke, 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 17 Danny Granville
   Final Appearances Nicholas Crittenden
   Manager Ruud Gullit
Leeds United Martyn, Kelly, Robertson, Haaland, Radebe, Wetherall, Wallace, Hasselbaink (Lilley 46), Ribeiro, Hopkin, Halle
   Booked Robertson, Kelly 2, Radebe 6, Haaland 20, Ribeiro 33
   Sent Off Haaland 24, Kelly 45
   Subs Not Used Bowyer, Beeney, Maybury, Molenaar
   Manager George Graham

Sheffield Wednesday (0) 1 Chelsea (1) 4

Date: Saturday, 20th December 1997 Report   More Reports
Competition: Premier League     Position 3
Venue: Hillsborough
Attendance: 28,334
Referee: Graham P Barber (Pyrford)
Sheffield Wednesday Pressman, Nolan, Pembridge, Newsome, Walker, Whittingham (Alexandersson 59), Booth, Di Canio (Carbone 68), Stefanovic, Collins (Hyde 59), Rudi
   Scorer Pembridge 71
   Subs Not Used Clarke, Humphreys
   Manager Ron Atkinson
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 9 Gianluca Vialli, 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 20 Frank Sinclair ( 6 Steve Clarke 77), 22 Mark Nicholls, 25 Gianfranco Zola (19 Tore Andre Flo 68)
   Scorers Petrescu 30, Vialli 56, Leboeuf 65 (Pen), Flo 84
   Booked Sinclair
   Subs Not Used 7 Bernard Lambourde, 17 Danny Granville, 23 Dmitri Kharine
   Manager Ruud Gullit

Chelsea (1) 1 Wimbledon (1) 1

Date: Friday, 26th December 1997
Competition: Premier League     Position 3
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 34,529
Referee: Gary S Willard (Worthing)
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 9 Gianluca Vialli (25 Gianfranco Zola 61), 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 17 Danny Granville, 19 Tore Andre Flo, 20 Frank Sinclair ( 6 Steve Clarke 57)
   Scorer Vialli 8
   Subs Not Used 7 Bernard Lambourde, 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 22 Mark Nicholls
   Manager Ruud Gullit
Wimbledon Sullivan, Cunningham, Kimble, Jones, Blackwell, Thatcher, Earle, Solbakken, Gayle (Cort 67), Hughes, Ardley
   Scorer Hughes 28
   Booked Hughes, Kimble, Thatcher
   Subs Not Used Heald, Castledine, Jupp, Clarke
   Manager Joe Kinnear

Southampton (1) 1 Chelsea (0) 0

Date: Monday, 29th December 1997 Report
Competition: Premier League     Position 3
Venue: The Dell
Attendance: 15,231
Referee: Martin J Bodenham (East Looe)
Southampton Jones, Dodd, Benali, Palmer, Monkou, Lundekvam, Le Tissier (Williams 80), Oakley, Hirst (Ostenstad 66), Davies, Richardson
   Scorer Davies 16
   Booked Palmer
   Subs Not Used Slater, Hughes, Moss
   Manager Dave Jones
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu (19 Tore Andre Flo 59), 6 Steve Clarke, 10 Mark Hughes, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 17 Danny Granville (22 Mark Nicholls 64), 20 Frank Sinclair, 21 Paul Hughes ( 9 Gianluca Vialli 89), 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Booked Le Saux
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 18 Andy Myers
   Manager Ruud Gullit

Chelsea (0) 3 Manchester United (3) 5

Date: Sunday, 4th January 1998 Report
Competition: F.A. Cup Round 3
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 34,792
Referee: Steve J Lodge (Barnsley)
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 10 Mark Hughes, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 19 Tore Andre Flo ( 9 Gianluca Vialli 61), 22 Mark Nicholls (18 Andy Myers 45), 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Scorers Le Saux 78, Vialli 83, Vialli 88
   Booked DiMatteo, Le Saux, Leboeuf, Nicholls, Hughes 19
   Subs Not Used 7 Bernard Lambourde, 21 Paul Hughes, 13 Kevin Hitchcock
   Manager Ruud Gullit
Manchester United Schmeichel, Neville, Irwin, Johnsen, Pallister, Beckham, Butt, Scholes (Solskjaer 71), Giggs, Sheringham, Cole
   Scorers Beckham 23, Beckham 28, Cole 45, Cole 65, Sheringham 74
   Booked Irwin, Scholes, Sheringham
   Subs Not Used McClair, Berg, Clegg, Pilkington
   Manager Alex Ferguson

Ipswich Town (1) 2 Chelsea (2) 2

Date: Wednesday, 7th January 1998 Report
Competition: Coca Cola Cup Round 5
Venue: Portman Road
Attendance: 22,088
Referee: Paul A Durkin (Portland)
Ipswich Town Wright, Stockwell, Taricco, Williams, Mowbray, Venus (Tanner 98), Dyer, Holland, Mathie (Petta 80), Scowcroft, Cundy
   Scorers Taricco 45, Mathie 62
   Booked Cundy
   Sub Not Used Bracey
   Manager George Burley
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 7 Bernard Lambourde, 11 Dennis Wise, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 17 Danny Granville, 18 Andy Myers ( 4 Ruud Gullit 20), 19 Tore Andre Flo (10 Mark Hughes 90), 20 Frank Sinclair ( 6 Steve Clarke 45), 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Scorers Flo 32, Le Saux 45
   Booked Leboeuf
   Manager Ruud Gullit
After extra time. Won 4-1 on penalties.
Penalty Shoot-Out Leboeuf-scored 1-0, Scowcroft-saved 1-0, Zola-scored 2-0, Tanner-scored 2-1, Di Matteo-scored 3-1, Taricco-saved 3-1, Hughes-scored 4-1

Chelsea (0) 3 Coventry City (1) 1

Date: Saturday, 10th January 1998 Report   More Reports
Competition: Premier League     Position 2
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 34,647
Referee: Mike D Reed (Birmingham)
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 7 Bernard Lambourde, 10 Mark Hughes, 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 17 Danny Granville (22 Mark Nicholls 46), 25 Gianfranco Zola ( 4 Ruud Gullit 60)
   Scorers Nicholls 65, Nicholls 70, DiMatteo 78
   Booked Clarke, Duberry
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 19 Tore Andre Flo, 21 Paul Hughes
   Manager Ruud Gullit
Coventry City Hedman, Shaw, Burrows, Williams, Breen, Huckerby, Whelan, Dublin, Salako (Moldovan 58), Telfer, Boland
   Scorer Telfer 30
   Booked Dublin, Huckerby, Salako
   Subs Not Used Ogrizovic, Soltvedt, Haworth, Strachan
   Manager Gordon Strachan

Everton (1) 3 Chelsea (1) 1

Date: Sunday, 18th January 1998 Report
Competition: Premier League     Position 3
Venue: Goodison Park
Attendance: 32,355
Referee: Alan B Wilkie (Chester-le-Street)
Everton Myhre, Allen, Short (Thomsen 88), Bilic, Tiler, Barmby, Speed, Grant, Ball, Madar (Farrelly 71), Ferguson
   Scorers Speed 39, Ferguson 62, Duberry (O.G) 83
   Booked Short
   Subs Not Used Gerrard, Oster, Cadamarteri
   Manager Dave Watson
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 7 Bernard Lambourde, 10 Mark Hughes, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 19 Tore Andre Flo ( 9 Gianluca Vialli 70), 20 Frank Sinclair ( 4 Ruud Gullit 74), 24 Eddie Newton
   Scorer Flo 37
   Booked Hughes, Lambourde
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 21 Paul Hughes, 22 Mark Nicholls
   Manager Ruud Gullit

Arsenal (1) 2 Chelsea (0) 1

Date: Wednesday, 28th January 1998 Report
Competition: Coca Cola Cup Semi-Final (First Leg)
Venue: Highbury
Attendance: 38,114
Referee: Martin J Bodenham (East Looe)
Arsenal Manninger, Winterburn, Bould, Adams, Anelka, Bergkamp, Overmars, Parlour, Petit, Grimandi (Platt 84), Hughes
   Scorers Overmars 23, Hughes 47
   Booked Bergkamp, Grimandi
   Subs Not Used Boa Morte, Lukic
   Manager Arsene Wenger
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu (26 Laurent Charvet 45), 4 Ruud Gullit, 6 Steve Clarke, 7 Bernard Lambourde, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 19 Tore Andre Flo (10 Mark Hughes 59), 20 Frank Sinclair ( 9 Gianluca Vialli 86), 24 Eddie Newton, 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Scorer Hughes 68
   Booked Duberry, Le Saux, Newton
   Debut Players Laurent Charvet
   Final Appearances Ruud Gullit
   Manager Ruud Gullit

Chelsea (1) 2 Barnsley (0) 0

Date: Saturday, 31st January 1998 Report   More Reports
Competition: Premier League     Position 2
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 34,442
Referee: Jeff T Winter (Cleveland)
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 9 Gianluca Vialli, 10 Mark Hughes, 11 Dennis Wise (20 Frank Sinclair 80), 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 24 Eddie Newton (22 Mark Nicholls 46), 26 Laurent Charvet
   Scorers Vialli 23, Hughes 47
   Booked Charvet, Duberry, Le Saux, Petrescu, Vialli
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 19 Tore Andre Flo, 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Manager Ruud Gullit
Barnsley Watson, Eaden, Sheridan (Morgan 59), Moses, De Zeeuw, Redfearn, Bullock, Bosancic (Liddell 80), Barnard, Ward, Fjortoft (Hendrie 67)
   Booked Barnard, Bosancic
   Subs Not Used Leese, Hristov
   Manager Danny Wilson

Arsenal (2) 2 Chelsea (0) 0

Date: Sunday, 8th February 1998 Report
Competition: Premier League     Position 2
Venue: Highbury
Attendance: 38,083
Referee: Dermot J Gallagher (Banbury)
Arsenal Manninger, Winterburn, Bould, Adams, Anelka (Wright 69), Bergkamp, Overmars (Platt 76), Parlour, Petit, Grimandi (Dixon 69), Hughes
   Scorers Hughes 4, Hughes 42
   Booked Parlour, Bould 12, Bergkamp 90
   Subs Not Used Boa Morte, Lukic
   Manager Arsene Wenger
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu (17 Danny Granville 46), 5 Frank Leboeuf, 9 Gianluca Vialli (25 Gianfranco Zola 62), 10 Mark Hughes, 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 24 Eddie Newton (19 Tore Andre Flo 80), 26 Laurent Charvet
   Booked DiMatteo, Leboeuf, Vialli, Wise
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 21 Paul Hughes
   Manager Ruud Gullit

Chelsea (1) 3 Arsenal (0) 1

Date: Wednesday, 18th February 1998 Report
Competition: Coca Cola Cup Semi-Final (Second Leg)
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 34,330
Referee: Graham Poll (Tring)
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 9 Gianluca Vialli (24 Eddie Newton 80), 10 Mark Hughes, 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Scorers Hughes 10, DiMatteo 51, Petrescu 53
   Booked Clarke, Duberry, Wise, Hughes 3
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 19 Tore Andre Flo
   Manager Gianluca Vialli
Arsenal Manninger, Dixon, Winterburn (Hughes 71), Adams, Grimandi, Overmars, Vieira, Petit, Parlour (Platt 45), Anelka, Bergkamp
   Scorer Bergkamp 82 (Pen)
   Booked Adams, Dixon, Parlour, Petit, Vieira
   Sent Off Vieira 48
   Sub Not Used Lukic
   Manager Arsene Wenger

Leicester City (1) 2 Chelsea (0) 0

Date: Saturday, 21st February 1998 Report   More Reports
Competition: Premier League     Position 4
Venue: Filbert Street
Attendance: 21,335
Referee: Paul A Durkin (Portland)
Leicester City Arphexad, Savage (Walsh 25), Guppy, Prior, Elliott, Kaamark (Campbell 80), Izzet, Lennon, Zagorakis, Cottee (Fenton 44), Heskey
   Scorers Heskey 3, Heskey 89
   Booked Izzet, Lennon
   Subs Not Used Andrews, Wilson
   Manager Martin O'Neill
Chelsea 23 Dmitri Kharine, 2 Dan Petrescu, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 9 Gianluca Vialli, 10 Mark Hughes, 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 25 Gianfranco Zola (19 Tore Andre Flo 71)
   Booked DiMatteo, Hughes, Wise
   Subs Not Used 7 Bernard Lambourde, 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 22 Mark Nicholls, 24 Eddie Newton
   Manager Gianluca Vialli

Chelsea (0) 0 Manchester United (1) 1

Date: Saturday, 28th February 1998 Report   More Reports
Competition: Premier League     Position 5
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 34,511
Referee: Steve W Dunn (Bristol)
Chelsea 23 Dmitri Kharine, 2 Dan Petrescu, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 9 Gianluca Vialli (19 Tore Andre Flo 78), 10 Mark Hughes, 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Booked Leboeuf, Wise, Zola
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 7 Bernard Lambourde, 24 Eddie Newton, 22 Mark Nicholls
   Manager Gianluca Vialli
Manchester United Schmeichel, G Neville, Irwin, Johnsen, Pallister (Berg 28), Beckham, Butt, Cole, Sheringham, P Neville, Scholes
   Scorer P Neville 31
   Booked Beckham, Butt, Cole
   Subs Not Used Van Der Gouw, McClair, Solskjaer, Thornley
   Manager Alex Ferguson

Real Betis (0) 1 Chelsea (2) 2

Date: Thursday, 5th March 1998 Report
Competition: European Cup Winners Cup Quarter-Final (First Leg)
Venue: Benito Villamarin
Attendance: 31,000
Referee: Atanas Ouzounov (Bulgaria)
Real Betis Prats, Solozabal, Olias, Vidakovic (Marquez 45), Fernando, Canas (Oli 65), Merino, Alexis, Jarni, George, Alfonso
   Scorer Alfonso 46
   Booked Fernando, Jarni, Solozabal
   Subs Not Used Pinto, Luis Fenendez, Perez, Quelar, Josepe
   Manager Jose Suarez
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 19 Tore Andre Flo (10 Mark Hughes 84), 20 Frank Sinclair, 24 Eddie Newton, 25 Gianfranco Zola (22 Mark Nicholls 79)
   Scorers Flo 7, Flo 12
   Booked Nicholls, Sinclair, Wise, Zola
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 7 Bernard Lambourde, 9 Gianluca Vialli, 21 Paul Hughes, 26 Laurent Charvet
   Manager Gianluca Vialli

Chelsea (0) 0 Aston Villa (0) 1

Date: Sunday, 8th March 1998 Report
Competition: Premier League     Position 5
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 33,018
Referee: Steve J Lodge (Barnsley)
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 9 Gianluca Vialli, 12 Michael Duberry, 16 Roberto DiMatteo (25 Gianfranco Zola 61), 18 Andy Myers (26 Laurent Charvet 68), 19 Tore Andre Flo, 20 Frank Sinclair, 22 Mark Nicholls, 24 Eddie Newton, 28 Jody Morris
   Booked Vialli
   Subs Not Used 7 Bernard Lambourde, 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 21 Paul Hughes
   Manager Gianluca Vialli
Aston Villa Bosnich, Staunton, Southgate, Ehiogu, Taylor, Draper, Yorke, Joachim, Wright, Grayson, Hendrie
   Scorer Joachim 51
   Booked Staunton
   Subs Not Used Charles, Oakes, Nelson, Collins, Byfield
   Manager John Gregory

Chelsea (3) 6 Crystal Palace (1) 2

Date: Wednesday, 11th March 1998 Report
Competition: Premier League     Position 4
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 31,917
Referee: Mike A Riley (Leeds)
Chelsea 23 Dmitri Kharine, 2 Dan Petrescu, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 9 Gianluca Vialli (19 Tore Andre Flo 75), 11 Dennis Wise, 17 Danny Granville, 20 Frank Sinclair ( 7 Bernard Lambourde 82), 24 Eddie Newton, 25 Gianfranco Zola, 28 Jody Morris (21 Paul Hughes 85)
   Scorers Vialli 15, Zola 17, Vialli 44, Wise 84, Flo 89, Flo 90
   Booked Granville
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 26 Laurent Charvet
   Manager Gianluca Vialli
Crystal Palace Miller, Edworthy, Tuttle (Bent 79), Dyer (Lombardo 66), Brolin, Rodger, Smith, Ismael, Hreidarsson, Emblen (Jansen 66), Fullarton
   Scorers Hreidarsson 7, Bent 87
   Booked Dyer, Emblen
   Subs Not Used Linighan, Nash
   Manager Steve Coppell

West Ham United (0) 2 Chelsea (0) 1

Date: Saturday, 14th March 1998 Report   More Reports
Competition: Premier League     Position 4
Venue: Upton Park
Attendance: 25,829
Referee: Martin J Bodenham (East Looe)
West Ham United Lama, Ferdinand, Pearce, Unsworth, Lazaridis, Impey (Potts 46), Lampard, Berkovic, Bishop, Abou, Sinclair
   Scorers Sinclair 69, Unsworth 75
   Booked Unsworth
   Subs Not Used Forrest, Mean, Hodges, Coyne
   Manager Harry Redknapp
Chelsea 23 Dmitri Kharine, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 10 Mark Hughes, 12 Michael Duberry, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 17 Danny Granville, 18 Andy Myers, 19 Tore Andre Flo, 24 Eddie Newton, 26 Laurent Charvet, 28 Jody Morris (25 Gianfranco Zola 76)
   Scorer Charvet 54
   Booked Charvet, Newton
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 6 Steve Clarke, 22 Mark Nicholls, 2 Dan Petrescu
   Manager Gianluca Vialli

Chelsea (1) 3 Real Betis (1) 1

Date: Thursday, 19th March 1998 Report
Competition: European Cup Winners Cup Quarter-Final (Second Leg)
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 32,300
Referee: Bernd Heynemann (Germany)
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu ( 7 Bernard Lambourde 88), 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 9 Gianluca Vialli, 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 20 Frank Sinclair, 24 Eddie Newton, 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Scorers Sinclair 30, DiMatteo 50, Zola 90
   Booked Petrescu
   Subs Not Used 10 Mark Hughes, 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 18 Andy Myers, 19 Tore Andre Flo, 21 Paul Hughes, 28 Jody Morris
   Manager Gianluca Vialli
Real Betis Prats, Luis Fenendez (Cuellar 73), Nerino, Alexis, Marquez, Canas (Oli 63), Alfonso, Jarni, Olias, George, Josete
   Scorer George 21
   Booked Josete, Marquez
   Subs Not Used Urena, Ivan, Nadj, Otero, Pinto
   Manager Jose Suarez

Middlesbrough (0) 0 Chelsea (0) 2

Date: Sunday, 29th March 1998 Report
Competition: Coca Cola Cup Final
Venue: Wembley
Attendance: 77,698
Referee: Peter Jones (Loughborough)
Middlesbrough Schwarzer, Festa, Kinder, Vickers, Pearson, Mustoe, Maddison (Beck 102), Ricard (Gascoigne 65), Branca, Merson, Townsend
   Booked Townsend, Gascoigne 70
   Sub Not Used Fleming
   Manager Bryan Robson
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu ( 6 Steve Clarke 75), 5 Frank Leboeuf, 10 Mark Hughes (19 Tore Andre Flo 83), 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 20 Frank Sinclair, 24 Eddie Newton, 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Scorers Sinclair 95, DiMatteo 107
   Booked Hughes, Le Saux, Leboeuf, Wise
   Sub Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock
   Final Appearances Frank Sinclair
   Manager Gianluca Vialli
After extra time. Score at 90 minutes 0-0

Vicenza (1) 1 Chelsea (0) 0

Date: Thursday, 2nd April 1998 Report
Competition: European Cup Winners Cup Semi-Final (First Leg)
Venue: Romeo Menti, Vicenza
Attendance: 19,319
Referee: Manuel Diaz Vega (Spain)
Vicenza Brivio, Mendez, Dicara, Belotti, Viviani, Schenardi (Beghetto 73), Di Carlo, Ambrosini, Ambrosetti (Stovini 73), Zauli (Firmani 86), Luiso
   Scorer Zauli 16
   Booked Di Carlo, Dicara, Zauli
   Subs Not Used Falcione, Coco, Baronio, Di Napoli
   Manager Francesco Guidolin
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu (19 Tore Andre Flo 59), 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 9 Gianluca Vialli, 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 24 Eddie Newton, 25 Gianfranco Zola (28 Jody Morris 88)
   Booked DiMatteo, Leboeuf
   Subs Not Used 10 Mark Hughes, 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 17 Danny Granville, 18 Andy Myers, 22 Mark Nicholls
   Manager Gianluca Vialli

Derby County (0) 0 Chelsea (1) 1

Date: Sunday, 5th April 1998 Report
Competition: Premier League     Position 4
Venue: Pride Park
Attendance: 30,062
Referee: Jeff T Winter (Stockton-On-Tees)
Derby County Hoult, Rowett, Powell, Sturridge, Wanchope, Delap, Bohinen (Solis 87), Laursen (Hunt 46), Carsley, Dailly, Baiano (Burton 72)
   Subs Not Used Willems, Poom
   Manager Jim Smith
Chelsea 23 Dmitri Kharine, 2 Dan Petrescu, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke (26 Laurent Charvet 78), 10 Mark Hughes, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 17 Danny Granville, 18 Andy Myers, 19 Tore Andre Flo (22 Mark Nicholls 72), 28 Jody Morris, 35 Jon Harley (24 Eddie Newton 83)
   Scorer Hughes 37
   Booked Granville
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 15 David Lee
   Debut Players Jon Harley
   Manager Gianluca Vialli

Leeds United (2) 3 Chelsea (1) 1

Date: Wednesday, 8th April 1998 Report
Competition: Premier League     Position 5
Venue: Elland Road
Attendance: 37,276
Referee: David R Elleray (Harrow-On-The-Hill)
Leeds United Martyn, Molenaar (Haaland 46), Hiden, Wetherall, Kelly, Bowyer, Radebe, Halle, Harte, Hasselbaink, Kewell
   Scorers Hasselbaink 7, Wetherall 22, Hasselbaink 47
   Booked Radebe, Wetherall
   Subs Not Used Hopkin, Lilley, Matthews, Beeney
   Manager George Graham
Chelsea 23 Dmitri Kharine, 10 Mark Hughes, 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 15 David Lee, 18 Andy Myers, 24 Eddie Newton ( 7 Bernard Lambourde 63), 25 Gianfranco Zola (19 Tore Andre Flo 63), 26 Laurent Charvet, 28 Jody Morris (21 Paul Hughes 82)
   Scorer Charvet 11
   Booked Mark Hughes
   Subs Not Used 9 Gianluca Vialli, 13 Kevin Hitchcock
   Final Appearances David Lee
   Manager Gianluca Vialli

Chelsea (0) 2 Tottenham Hotspur (0) 0

Date: Saturday, 11th April 1998 Report   More Reports
Competition: Premier League     Position 4
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 34,149
Referee: Paul A Durkin (Portland)
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 9 Gianluca Vialli, 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 19 Tore Andre Flo, 28 Jody Morris (18 Andy Myers 84), 35 Jon Harley ( 8 Gus Poyet 59)
   Scorers Flo 75, Vialli 88
   Subs Not Used 10 Mark Hughes, 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 25 Gianfranco Zola
   Manager Gianluca Vialli
Tottenham Hotspur Walker, Fox, Nielsen, Armstrong (Ferdinand 57), Carr, Ginola, Vega, Campbell, Klinsmann (Calderwood 67), Saib, Berti (Anderton 82)
   Booked Berti
   Subs Not Used Baardsen, Scales
   Manager Christian Gross

Chelsea (1) 3 Vicenza (1) 1

Date: Thursday, 16th April 1998
Competition: European Cup Winners Cup Semi-Final (Second Leg)
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 33,810
Referee: Marc Batta (France)
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 8 Gus Poyet, 9 Gianluca Vialli, 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 24 Eddie Newton (26 Laurent Charvet 70), 25 Gianfranco Zola (18 Andy Myers 81), 28 Jody Morris (10 Mark Hughes 70)
   Scorers Poyet 35, Zola 51, Hughes 76
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 19 Tore Andre Flo, 21 Paul Hughes, 22 Mark Nicholls
   Manager Gianluca Vialli
Vicenza Brivio, Di Carlo (Di Napoli 81), Belotti, Schenardi (Otero 81), Mendez, Luiso, Viviani (Stovini 61), Zauli, Ambrosini, Dicara, Ambrosetti
   Scorer Luiso 32
   Booked Ambrosini, Luiso
   Sent Off Ambrosini 88
   Subs Not Used Firmani, Beghetto, Falcioni, Conte
   Manager Francesco Guidolin

Chelsea (1) 1 Sheffield Wednesday (0) 0

Date: Sunday, 19th April 1998
Competition: Premier League     Position 4
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 29,075
Referee: Gary S Willard (Worthing)
Chelsea 23 Dmitri Kharine, 5 Frank Leboeuf (21 Paul Hughes 80), 6 Steve Clarke, 10 Mark Hughes, 12 Michael Duberry, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 17 Danny Granville, 19 Tore Andre Flo (22 Mark Nicholls 70), 24 Eddie Newton, 26 Laurent Charvet, 35 Jon Harley (28 Jody Morris 64)
   Scorer Leboeuf 23 (Pen)
   Booked Mark Hughes
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 18 Andy Myers
   Manager Gianluca Vialli
Sheffield Wednesday Pressman, Atherton, Walker, Carbone, Booth, Di Canio, Stefanovic, Hinchcliffe, Thome, Rudi (Pembridge 13), Barrett (Magilton 85)
   Booked Carbone, Di Canio
   Subs Not Used Clarke, Oakes, Whittingham
   Manager Ron Atkinson

Chelsea (1) 4 Liverpool (1) 1

Date: Saturday, 25th April 1998
Competition: Premier League     Position 3
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 34,639
Referee: Gerald R Ashby (Worcester)
Chelsea 23 Dmitri Kharine, 2 Dan Petrescu (26 Laurent Charvet 76), 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 8 Gus Poyet, 10 Mark Hughes (22 Mark Nicholls 81), 12 Michael Duberry, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 24 Eddie Newton, 25 Gianfranco Zola (19 Tore Andre Flo 30)
   Scorers Hughes 11, Clarke 67, Flo 72, Hughes 78
   Booked Leboeuf
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 28 Jody Morris
   Manager Gianluca Vialli
Liverpool Friedel, Jones, Babb, McManaman, Leonhardsen (McAteer 76), Riedle (Thompson 76), Ince, Bjornebye, Matteo, Carragher, Murphy (Berger 72)
   Scorer Riedle 45
   Booked Ince
   Subs Not Used James, Kvarme
   Manager Roy Evans

Chelsea (0) 0 Blackburn Rovers (0) 1

Date: Wednesday, 29th April 1998
Competition: Premier League     Position 3
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 33,311
Referee: Paul E Alcock (Redhill)
Chelsea 23 Dmitri Kharine, 2 Dan Petrescu (26 Laurent Charvet 57), 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 8 Gus Poyet, 10 Mark Hughes, 14 Graeme Le Saux, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 18 Andy Myers, 19 Tore Andre Flo ( 9 Gianluca Vialli 57), 24 Eddie Newton (28 Jody Morris 71)
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 22 Mark Nicholls
   Manager Gianluca Vialli
Blackburn Rovers Filan, Kenna, Sherwood (Croft 48), Hendry, Gallacher, Sutton, Flitcroft, McKinlay, Valery, Henchoz, Duff (Broomes 85)
   Scorer Gallacher 48
   Subs Not Used Dahlin, Andersson, Williams
   Manager Roy Hodgson

Newcastle United (2) 3 Chelsea (0) 1

Date: Saturday, 2nd May 1998 Report   More Reports
Competition: Premier League     Position 4
Venue: St James' Park
Attendance: 36,710
Referee: Keith W Burge (Tonypandy)
Newcastle United Given, Barton, Howey (Watson 45), Dabizas, Pearce, Pistone, Batty, Lee (Hamilton 83), Speed, Andersson (Barnes 80), Shearer
   Scorers Dabizas 39, Lee 42, Speed 59
   Booked Pearce
   Subs Not Used Hislop, Tomasson
   Manager Kenny Dalglish
Chelsea 23 Dmitri Kharine, 5 Frank Leboeuf (19 Tore Andre Flo 45), 6 Steve Clarke, 9 Gianluca Vialli, 10 Mark Hughes ( 8 Gus Poyet 45), 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 17 Danny Granville, 22 Mark Nicholls, 24 Eddie Newton (21 Paul Hughes 77), 26 Laurent Charvet, 28 Jody Morris
   Scorer DiMatteo 77
   Booked Vialli 38, Leboeuf 44
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 15 David Lee
   Final Appearances Paul Hughes
   Manager Gianluca Vialli

Chelsea (0) 2 Bolton Wanderers (0) 0

Date: Sunday, 10th May 1998 Report
Competition: Premier League     Position 4
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 34,845
Referee: Alan B Wilkie (Chester-le-Street)
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu ( 8 Gus Poyet 46), 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 10 Mark Hughes, 11 Dennis Wise (16 Roberto DiMatteo 46), 17 Danny Granville, 19 Tore Andre Flo ( 9 Gianluca Vialli 46), 24 Eddie Newton, 26 Laurent Charvet, 28 Jody Morris
   Scorers Vialli 73, Morris 90
   Booked Charvet, Leboeuf
   Subs Not Used 7 Bernard Lambourde, 13 Kevin Hitchcock
   Final Appearances Mark Hughes, Laurent Charvet
   Manager Gianluca Vialli
Bolton Wanderers Branagan, Cox, Fish, Thompson, Phillips, Bergsson (Johansen 70), Sheridan (Salako 73), Taggart, Frandsen, Blake, Taylor (Giallanza 65)
   Booked Cox, Frandsen
   Subs Not Used Jaaskelainen, Todd
   Manager Colin Todd

VfB Stuttgart (0) 0 Chelsea (0) 1

Date: Wednesday, 13th May 1998 Report
Competition: European Cup Winners Cup Final
Venue: Stockholm
Attendance: 30,216
Referee: Stefano Braschi (Italy)
VfB Stuttgart Wohlfahrt, Berthold, Yakin, Hagner (Ristic 79), Haber (Georjevic 75), Balakov, Bobic, Schneider (Endress 55), Akpoborie, Soldo, Poschner
   Booked Akpoborie
   Sent Off Poschner 90
   Subs Not Used Ziegler, Becker, Lisztes, Stojkovski
   Manager Joachim Low
Chelsea 1 Eduard De Goey, 2 Dan Petrescu, 5 Frank Leboeuf, 6 Steve Clarke, 8 Gus Poyet (24 Eddie Newton 80), 9 Gianluca Vialli, 11 Dennis Wise, 12 Michael Duberry, 16 Roberto DiMatteo, 17 Danny Granville, 19 Tore Andre Flo (25 Gianfranco Zola 71)
   Scorer Zola 71
   Booked Wise
   Sent Off Petrescu 84
   Subs Not Used 13 Kevin Hitchcock, 10 Mark Hughes, 18 Andy Myers, 26 Laurent Charvet, 28 Jody Morris
   Final Appearances Steve Clarke, Danny Granville
   Manager Gianluca Vialli