Remembering seven European finals in half a century for Chelsea…
Chelsea beat Manchester City within the Champions League final on Saturday to take their document to 6 wins in seven main finals in Europe.
AU information company remembers past European present ‘Blues’ appearances.
1971 ‘Winners’ Cup: Chelsea 2 Real Madrid 1 (playback)
Chelsea FA Cup winners in 1970 went on to European glory the next year, battling all the best way to a shocking victory over giants Real Madrid – however solely after two bites within the cherry. Within the first assembly, Peter Osgood gave the Blues the lead within the second half which they virtually caught, just for Ignacio Zoco to level the scores on a full-time stroke. Further scoreless time got here and went, resulting in replay. So two days later the teams pushed him out once more at Piraeus, with John Dempsey and Osgood putting twice within the first six minutes of the Blues to place the Blues under management. Sebastian Fleitas grabbed a goal back for Real, however this time Chelsea held out.
1998 Cup Winners Cup: Stuttgart Chelsea 1-0
Tremendous sub Gianfranco Zola climbed off the bench and rode home with virtually his first contact to seal Chelsea’s second European crown. Gianluca replaced Vialli Ruud Gullit as head of the Blues halfway by way of the marketing campaign, and the Italian man steered the boys of Stamford Bridge all the best way courtesy of the effective finish of his compatriot Zola.
2008 Champions League Final: Manchester United 1-1 AET Chelsea 1 – United received 6-5 on penalties
After a season of great promise, Chelsea wound up empty handed within the hardest approach. Dropping the League Cup final to rivals Tottenham had stung, earlier than United twisted the knife by beating the Blues to the Premier League title by just two points. Avram Grant’s males had every little thing on the road in Moscow against United, however that revenge mission finally fell flat. Cristiano Ronaldo put the Red Devils forward, earlier than Frank Lampard leveled. However John Terry and Nicolas Anelka fluffed their traces within the shoot-out to present United the trophy.
16 Champions League final: Man City 0-1 Chelsea
2012 Champions League Final: Bayern Munich 1-1 AET Chelsea 1 – Chelsea received 4-3 on penalties
Roman Abramovich’s final mission on shopping for Chelsea was to invade Europe. The final defeat of 2008 would all the time stick within the craw till the Champions League was within the bag. However the Blues needed to do it the hard approach by difficult Bayern of their own yard. Thomas Muller put the hosts forward within the closing stages, just for Didier Drogba to go home evenly. Drogba was left to swipe the silverware by firing the winning penalty and triggering joyful celebrations.
Europa League 2013: Benfica 1-2 Chelsea
Rafael Benitez ensured his momentary tenure ended at a climax because the Blues drifted past Benfica due to stoppage winner Branislav Ivanovic. Fernando Torres had put Chelsea forward of the hour and gave the impression to be in management, solely to have Oscar Cardozo level the spot shortly afterwards. Ivanovic lastly got here as much as steal the glory, although, placing a optimistic seal on one other season of turmoil.
Europa League 2019: Arsenal 4-1 Chelsea
Eden Hazard bade farewell to Chelsea in beautiful type, with a two-goal salvo to sink Arsenal in London in Baku. The primary half of a cage surrendered to a Hazard masterclass after the break, with the Belgian playmaker exhibiting just why Real Madrid would pay north of £ 150million later that summer season to reward him away of Stamford Bridge. Olivier Giroud additionally fought against his old membership with Pedro on target, with Alex Iwobi’s effort solely comforting the ugly Gunners.
Champions League 2021: Man City 0-1 Chelsea
Chelsea had been underdogs in Porto however Thomas Tuchel acquired the best of Pep Guardiola for the third time in six weeks to carry Chelsea’s second European Cup.