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Under The Crest: Chelsea FC

SI’s Grant Wahl explores the rise to dominance, and complex identity of one of the world’s most powerful clubs.

In this profile, Grant speaks with players and lifelong fans about the legacy of Chelsea. This inside look at one of the hottest teams in the world shares a sense of what makes this club so special.

The team at the top of the Premier League table has a long and diverse history, but its fundamental identity has been transformed in the last decade. Although Chelsea has built a cosmopolitan fan base, the club has retained some important ties to its working class roots.