Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Tore Andre Flo and Gus Poyet name their best Chelsea memory
Having got their hands on all the major trophies up for grabs in their 115-year history, Chelsea have a proud past, with many treasured memories from previous years.
Thanks to Three, official sponsor of the Chelsea shirt, 90 mins had the chance to sit down with legends from Blues history: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Tore Andre Flo and Gustavo Poyet to remember their time at Stamford Bridge.
The trio’s tenure at Chelsea lasted from the arrival of Poyet and Flo in the summer of 1997 to the departure of Hasselbaink in 2004.
Asked about his favorite memory at Chelsea, Flo cites the 1999/2000 Champions League quarter-final first leg against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge, where the striker’s brace helped the Blues take a 3-0 lead at the half-time.
“The feeling I had to walk into the locker room at half time was the best feeling I had at Stamford Bridge,” says Flo.
“I was on the bench watching,” Poyet laughs.
For Poyet, his fondest memory dates back to the same season: his superb volley to close a 4-0 victory on the first day over Sunderland.
“I’ll tell you the one that everyone remembers,” said the Uruguayan. “Apparently that’s the only thing I did for Chelsea: the goal against Sunderland.”
“I remember all of my goals. I don’t remember a lot of other people’s goals – but this one I remember, ”added Hasselbaink – who cited his perfect hat-trick against Tottenham in March 2002 as his favorite moment in a Chelsea shirt.
It was Gianfranco Zola who set up Poyet’s famous volley against Sunderland with a delicious dinked pass, and the trio unanimously name the Italian the best player they’ve played with at Stamford Bridge.
“His vision was so good,” says Flo. “You could just make a run in front of goal and he would put the ball right where you wanted it.”
The trio also agree that Dennis Wise was the craziest player they’ve ever played with at Chelsea – only because of the volume of red cards he received.
“One season, I played 14 injury games and I played more games than him because he was suspended,” said Poyet.
Poyet then reveals that he channeled his inner Dennis Wise during an altercation in the Old Trafford tunnel with Roy Keane – the person he calls his toughest opponent.
“We had a fight in the Old Trafford tunnel,” said the former Brighton boss. “It was one of the days I got close to Wisey. Most people would look at me like, ‘calm down’. Wisey was looking at me like, ‘come on!’ ”
The trio won four trophies during their time at Stamford Bridge, but the Premier League title sidestepped them.
“We were the best team but we had no consistency,” said Hasselbaink.
“We have laid the groundwork for the victory of the next generation,” adds Flo.