22 June 2011: André Villas-Boas is appointed as the new manager of Chelsea FC
26 July 2011: Chelsea confirm Thibaut Courtois, a Belgian goalkeeper, as Villas-Boas' first signing.
14 August 2011: Chelsea draw first match of the Premier League season away to Stoke City. It finishes 0–0
20 August 2011: Villas-Boas wins his first competitive match as a Chelsea manager .
22 August 2011: Chelsea and Valencia agree a deal for Juan Mata, who signs for Chelsea for a fee of £23.5 million.
27 August 2011: Juan Mata scores on his debut match in a 3–1 home victory against Norwich City.
18 September 2011: Chelsea suffer their first defeat of the season, losing 3–1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
29 November 2011: Liverpool knock Chelsea out of the League Cup at the Quarter Final stage at Stamford Bridge.
3 December 2011: Manager André Villas-Boas confirms the departure of Nicolas Anelka and Alex, both of whom
had handed in their respective transfer requests to the club. Both will be allowed to resume full training if the
transfer does not happen in the January transfer window. The announcement was made after the away match
against Newcastle United, which Chelsea won 3–0.
6 December 2011: Chelsea win their final Champions League group game against Valencia 3–0 to secure
progress to the knockout stages. Racing Genk's 1–1 draw against Bayer Leverkusen means that Chelsea top
12 December 2011: Chelsea become the first team in the 2011–12 edition of the Premier League to defeat leaders
Manchester City. Chelsea come from behind in a fiery encounter by goals from Raul Meireles and a late penalty by
Frank Lampard to turn the deficit into a victory.
4 March 2012: Villas-Boas is sacked and removed of his duties by the director's board following a 1–0 defeat
against West Bromwich Albion. Italian first team assistant manager Roberto Di Matteo Is officially appointed as
caretaker manager until the end of the season.
14 March 2012: Chelsea win their second match in the round of 16 of the UEFA champions league against Napoli
with a 5–4 aggregate victory. Branislav Ivanović scores the winner in extra time to secure a spot in the quarter-finals.
Following defeat of Arsenal by Milan and defeats of the Manchester clubs in their respective Europa League ties,
Chelsea becomes the only English representative in all European competitions.
18 March 2012: Chelsea progress to the FA Cup semi-finals for a fifth time in seven years after beating Leicester
City 5–2 at Stamford Bridge. Fernando Torres was the man of the match with two goals and two assists.
9 April 2012 Frank Lampard scored the 150th Premier League goal of his career against Fulham in a 1-1 draw
15 April 2012: Chelsea progress to the FA Cup final for the third time in four seasons, courtesy of a 5–1 win against
Tottenham Hotspur. Controversy over Chelsea's second goal by Juan Mata adds to calls for goal-line technology.
24 April 2012: Chelsea progress to the Champions League final in spectacular fashion, drawing 2–2 with
Barcelona at Camp Nou despite playing with ten men for more than two thirds of the game. Chelsea won 3–2 on
5 May 2012: Chelsea win the FA Cup for the 7th time after beating Liverpool 2–1 in the Final. Didier Drogba scores
in his 4th FA Cup Final – a new record.
19 May 2012: Chelsea win their first Champions League title, defeating Bayern Munich on penalties after a 1–1
draw in the Final. In doing so, they become the 22nd club to win the European Cup, the 5th English team and the
1st team from London to win the trophy.
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