With Chelsea 3-0 down to Bayern Munich going to Saturday’s second-leg and a massive task facing the wounded Blues, we’re taking a look at some of Chelsea’s previous European comebacks for inspiration. Today we’re remembering our comeback against Napoli on the road to our 2012 Champions League success.

The Situation

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Chelsea went into the Last-16 second-leg 3-1 down courtesy of goals from Lavezzi (2) and Cavani. The defeat in Naples had been part of the dreadful run of form that had seen Andre Villa Boas fired and Roberto Di Matteo hired as his interim replacement. This was only Di Matteo’s second game in charge of the Blues and Chelsea needed to win 2-0 or by three clear goals to progress.

The Comeback

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Given the nature of the challenge facing them, Chelsea needed their senior plays to step up and rise to the occasion. And rise they did; headed goals by Drogba and Terry either side of half-time gave Chelsea the scoreline they needed to progress.

In truth, things were not that simple; not for the last time, Chelsea would be thanking Cavani for his sudden wastefulness in front of goal when chasing a tie. Things were further complicated when Gökhan Inler scored in the 51st minute meaning Chelsea needed to score once more to take the extra-time.

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It was another of Chelsea’s old guard that got the goal they needed. Frank Lampard converted from the spot in the 75th minute to ensure there would be an extra 30. And it was on the stroke of half-time in the extra period that Ivanovic got the winning goal from around the penalty spot.

Chelsea were into the quarter-finals and there would be more comebacks to come on the road to their first Champions League success.


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