The scorer of our opening goal in the 6-0 win over Wolves had been at Chelsea for a little over six months, during which time he had become a European champion and FA Cup winner. There was plenty more of that to come – by the time he left us in 2019, Cahill had eight winner’s medals around his neck, having made 290 appearances. He’s now leading the Crystal Palace backline.
At the time of this game plenty thought JT was approaching the end at the top, as he prepared to turn 32; little did they know there was arguably his best campaign to come, in 2014/15, when he played every minute on his way to adding another Premier League title. He’s now enjoying a successful start to his coaching career as assistant manager of Aston Villa.
A few months before this game, Bertrand had made history as the first player to make his Champions League debut in the final of the competition. The 2012/13 campaign was his best as a Blue, as he featured regularly throughout the season, but a year later he was out of favour and on his way to Southampton, where he remains to this day.