Chelsea go into Saturday’s game with Bayern Munich needing to win by at least 3 goals to overturn the 3-0 defeat from the first-leg. As if this task wasn’t monumental enough, they will play the match without 6 to 9 first-team players. Captain Azpilicueta was injured in the FA Cup Final defeat to Arsenal, as was our talisman, Christian Pulisic, and winger, Pedro; Kante, Loftus-Cheek and Willian are all recovering from knocks; Billy Gilmour is recovering from a more long-term injury and Jorginho and Alonso are suspended for the game.
With that in mind, we’re looking back at some of our previous European comebacks to find inspiration for the impossible task this weekend. The first in our series is our 2014 quarter-final tie against PSG.
Chelsea had lost the first-leg 3-1. Lavezzi had scored early in the match before a Hazard penalty brought us level, however; in the second half, the situation worsened. An own-goal from David Luiz and a 90+3rd minute strike from Javier Pastore meant Jose Mourinho’s side had it all to do in the second-leg.
Chelsea had scored a crucial away goal in the first-leg meaning a 2-0 win would send us through. Not inconceivable by any means. However, the task at hand was made harder still when star-man Eden Hazard went off in the 18th minute.
Undeterred, Mourinho’s men pushed forward and in the 23rd minute, substitute, Andre Schurrle opened the scoring from with a low shot from inside the box. This meant Chelsea only needed one more goal in the remaining hour to reach the Semi-finals.
This goal, however, looked increasingly unlikely to come when, in the 51st and 53rd minutes, both Schurrle and Oscar hit the bar. And looked as if Chelsea’s problems could increase when Yohan Cabaye picked out Cavani late on. Luckily for us, the usually clinical striker blazed over.
With the game coming to close, Mourinho threw caution to the wind and sent on both Demba Ba and Fernando Torres meaning Chelsea had 3 strikers on the Pitch. The risky tactic paid off when Demba Ba bundled the ball into the net from close range in the 87th minute. PSG had one more late push but ultimately Chelsea held on and earned themselves a place in the last four.
Do you have any special memories from this famous encounter? Let us know in the comments below!