One of the world’s biggest football teams of recent decades, Chelsea FC have been mainstays in the Champions League and are generally favoured to be one of the sides within a chance of lifting the trophy at the end of the tournament. The Blues, as they are known throughout the planet, have had a number of historic moments in Europe’s elite club competition, which is perhaps why the 40,834 capacity Stamford Bridge stadium is such an incredible place to be when the fixtures for the Champions League are released.
The west London outfit have had a number of superstars in their ranks, as well as top managers, such as Frank Lampard, Jose Mourinho, John Terry, Didier Drogba and Eden Hazard. There have also been a number of the rising stars in the game to have featured for the Blues as well, with Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech just some of the men to wear the famous colours of the iconic football club.
As mentioned, Chelsea FC have managed to establish themselves as a Champions League side over the past couple of decades and have even managed to have some success when it has come down to lifting the trophy at the end of the campaign.
The Blues famously beat Bayern Munich in the 2011/12 edition of the tournament, when they required extra-time to defeat the Germans at their own stadium, the Allianz Arena. Chelsea have also been able to count on other final appearances, although they have proved to be a bridge too far for the club, with their 2007/08 final against Manchester United still hurting.
Of course, with a club the size of Chelsea, there have been a number of iconic moments in the Champions League that many fans will remember when looking upon the competition. The Premier League outfit have had a number of spectacular battles against the likes of FC Barcelona and Liverpool whilst in the competition, with both outcomes regarding results having been provided.
Moments have included Ronaldinho’s outrageous flick, Andres Iniesta’s late winner, Drogba’s rant after the final whistle, whilst the Ivorian was also sent off in the 2007/08 final against Manchester United and potentially cost his side the chance to win in the shootout because of his unavailability.
Indeed, from a Blues’ point of view, the 2011/12 edition of the competition is what many will remember as they managed to beat the likes of SSC Napoli, Benfica and Barcelona in the knockout stages, having already topped a group with Bayer Leverkusen, Valencia CF and KRC Genk.
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