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Poll: Is the current team better than the '04 squad?

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Blues central defender Ricardo Carvalho is not usually one for the papers. Quiet, reserved, Ricky is hardly ever seen in interviews or the like. However, the Portugese has been quoted in the Mirror on a fair view topics including how this current Chelsea side compares to previous editions -- particularly the 2004-05 Premier League winning side under then-coach Jose Mourinho.

“We’ve improved a lot and now I think we are much, much better, as a club and a team, than in 2004,” Carvalho said.

Now that's a bold statement. A rationale Ricky went on to clarify that there must be some substance to go with such a claim.

“It’s easy to say you’ve got better players and a better team, but you have to win some trophies. It’s important for me as a player and also for the club.

“In 2005 and 2006 we won, fighting - and now we have to do the same. We’ve got more quality in the squad and we want to get some good trophies.”

Chelsea currently sit atop the Premier League, and await Inter Milan in the first knockout stage of the Champions League. So, do you believe Carvalho speaks the truth. Or are you of the opinion that our back-to-back title winning teams were far superior? Let me know.

For reference, here's a look at our full squad in 2004-05. It seems so long ago:

No. Nat. Position Player Total Premier League Champions League FA Cup Football League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 Czech Republic GK Petr Čech 48 0 35 0 11 0 0 0 2 0
2 England DF Glen Johnson 28 0 16 0 6 0 3 0 3 0
3 Nigeria DF Celestine Babayaro 5 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
4 France MF Claude Makélélé 50 1 36 1 10 0 0 0 4 0
5 Russia MF Alexey Smertin 25 1 16 0 5 1 3 0 1 0
6 Portugal DF Ricardo Carvalho 39 1 25 1 10 0 1 0 3 0
7 Romania MF Adrian Mutu 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 England MF Frank Lampard 58 19 38 13 12 4 2 0 6 2
9 Serbia FW Mateja Kežman 40 7 24 4 9 0 3 1 4 2
10 England MF Joe Cole 46 9 28 8 9 1 3 0 6 0
11 Republic of Ireland MF Damien Duff 48 10 30 6 10 2 2 0 6 2
13 France DF William Gallas 46 2 28 2 12 0 1 0 5 0
14 Cameroon MF Geremi 19 0 13 0 3 0 2 0 1 0
15 Côte d'Ivoire FW Didier Drogba 41 16 26 10 9 5 2 0 4 1
16 Netherlands MF Arjen Robben 29 9 18 7 5 1 2 0 4 1
18 England DF Wayne Bridge 25 0 15 0 4 0 2 0 4 0
19 England MF Scott Parker 11 0 4 0 4 0 0 0 3 0
20 Portugal DF Paulo Ferreira 42 0 29 0 7 0 1 0 5 0
22 Iceland FW Eiður Guðjohnsen 57 16 37 12 11 2 3 1 6 1
23 Italy GK Carlo Cudicini 11 0 3 0 1 0 3 0 4 0
24 Finland FW Mikael Forssell 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
26 England DF John Terry 53 8 36 3 11 4 5 0 1 1
27 Czech Republic MF Jiří Jarošík 20 0 14 0 0 0 3 0 3 0
29 Germany DF Robert Huth 15 1 10 0 4 0 1 1 0 0
30 Portugal MF Tiago Mendes 51 4 34 4 11 0 2 0 4 0
31 Portugal MF Filipe Oliveira 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 Scotland DF Steven Watt 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
33 Portugal DF Nuno Morais 4 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
40 England GK Lenny Pidgeley 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 England MF Anthony Grant 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0