A look back at the masked tradition of “Zorro team” Chelsea

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink announced in his Friday press conference that Diego Costa broke his nose on an academy player’s head (side note: that kid must have a metal Terminator head) during training. He then dubbed his side “a Zorro team” in reference to the fact that Costa will be their fourth player to wear a mask this season.

Chelsea have been at the forefront of masked footballing for a number of years now. Here’s a look back…

Cesar Azpilicueta

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Nemanja Matic

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Gary Cahill

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Cesc Fabregas

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Ramires

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Fernando Torres

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Demba Ba

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Paulo “The Phantom of the Opera” Ferreira

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Petr “Darth Vader” Cech

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John “Transparent Nightmare” Terry

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Honorable Mention: Michael Ballack (a former Chelsea player who wore a mask while playing against Chelsea, presumably to demonstrate his lasting affection for the club)

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So if you’re scoring at home, that’s a rather strong masked starting XI of Cech; Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill, Ferreira; Ramires, Fabregas, Matic; Torres, Costa, Ba (with moral support from Ballack).