The Champions League, of course, is set to return to our screens this week, as a host of the continent’s best seek a place in the final-4 of the competition.
However, one of those clubs that needs a minor miracle to keep their hopes of new European glory alive is Chelsea.
Reigning Champions League champions Thomas Tuchel’s troops are ready to make the daunting trip to the Bernabeu to face Real Madrid on Tuesday night, knowing they will need to come back from a two-goal deficit in the first leg to move along.
This is due to a masterclass from Karim Benzema at Stamford Bridge the last time he left the Blues in a 3-1 hole.
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So, ahead of what should be a heart-pounding night of football in the Spanish capital, we at 101 today have delved into some of the best comeback comebacks in Champions League history, and picked out five that we think have proven to be the best. best.
Liverpool vs Barcelona – Semifinals 2018/19
First leg: Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool
Second leg: Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona
“Corner taken quickly… ORIGIIII!!!”
A night that etched the often underrated Divock Origi’s name into Liverpool folklore and, more importantly, set Jurgen Klopp’s men on course for their first Champions League crown in 14 years.
After heading into the second leg of their semi-final clash with Spanish heavyweights Barcelona three goals on the back of Lionel Messi’s late magic at the Camp Nou, Liverpool were unsurprisingly widely dismissed. by fans and experts alike.
However, on a European night at Anfield, there is always a ray of hope…
The Reds, in turn, shocked the masses, emerging on the right side of a 4-0 scoreline due to braces by the aforementioned Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum, to dispatch Messi and co. competitive packaging.
Deportivo La Coruna vs AC Milan – Quarter-finals 2003/04
First leg: AC Milan 4-1 Deportivo
Second leg: Deportivo 4-0 AC Milan
The earliest entry on our list when it comes to the date it was handled, Deportivo La Coruna’s own four-goal comeback against the great AC Milan of the early 2000s remains one of the biggest upsets in history. of the Champions League.
Depor, already defying the odds to advance to the quarter-finals, looked set after losing 4-1 in the first leg at the San Siro.
However, as a Rossoneri team boasting the talents of the likes of Paolo Maldini, Cafu, Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf and Kaká firmly took their foot off the accelerator, the underdogs took advantage in the most spectacular way imaginable.
Four unanswered goals in the first 75 minutes of the night were enough for Deportivo to advance, before José Mourinho’s Porto eventually snatched them a place in the competition final.
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Rome vs Barcelona – Quarterfinals 2017/18
First leg: Barcelona 4-1 Rome
Second leg: Rome 3-0 Barcelona
Barcelona’s second appearance on our list, and unfortunately for the Blaugrana, another one that undoubtedly continues to cause the occasional nightmare in the club’s fans.
In a quarter-final encounter with AS Roma in Serie A during the 2017/18 campaign, the Catalans, as expected, took a comfortable first-leg lead, ensuring they made the trip to the Stadio Olimpico a week later. with a firm foot. in the final-4.
The arrogance, a weak collective mentality, the lack of respect for their opponents: chalk it up to what you want, but the fact is that Barca, once again, simply couldn’t get the job done.
Goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas ushered in a historic night for all associated with Roma, amid jubilant celebrations in the Italian capital.
Chelsea vs. Napoli – Round of 16 2011/12
First leg: Napoli 3-1 Chelsea
Second leg: Chelsea 4-1 Napoli (AET)
Perhaps the most difficult decision on our list, a number of candidates were considered before the 101 finally decided on Napoli’s expulsion by Chelsea during the 2011/12 campaign.
The talking points surrounding the Blues’ return proved almost unmatched as the second leg result came quickly on the back of a bench change at Stamford Bridge as Roberto Di Matteo was handed the reins on an interim basis. , after the dismissal of André Villas-Boas.
The former, in turn, quickly reinstated the likes of Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard to their starting roles, culminating in proceedings in West London being forced into extra time due to goals from iconic trio Lampard, John Terry and Didier Drogba.
Branislav Ivanovic then completed the change with a full 105 minutes on the clock, booking Chelsea’s quarter-final spot at Napoli’s expense.
Not only that, but the result was the springboard for the Pensioners to march to their first Champions League title three months later.
Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain – Round of 16 2016/17
First leg: PSG 4-0 Barcelona
Second leg: Barcelona 6-1 PSG
As the old saying goes… Always save the best for last.
Barcelona’s third and final appearance on our list finally sees the Catalan giants on the right side of the result, due to a night that has since been aptly coined ‘La Remontada’ (THE comeback).
After Paris Saint-Germain emerged from the French capital in possession of a four-goal lead, the Ligue 1 heavyweights’ advance to the quarter-final stage of the tournament was widely hailed as a foregone conclusion.
Some even went so far as to suggest that Barca, as a collective, were ‘done’, on the way to handing over their La Liga crown to arch-rivals Real Madrid, too.
However, the Blaugrana themselves, under the gaze of Luis Enrique, always seemed to believe…
And for, as it turned out, very good reason.
Luis Suarez’s three-minute strike was a sign of things to come at Camp Nou, as the hosts, backed by a raucous crowd, went on a rampage on their way to an eventual 6-1 victory over PSG.
Sergi Roberto acted as match winner, scoring a deft finish five minutes into stoppage time, but it was Neymar who proved to be the real inspiration for the result, scoring a late brace before scoring Barca’s decisive sixth.
Above all, the result remains the only time a club has recovered from a four-goal hole in the first leg to emerge victorious from a Champions League tie.
Honourable Mention: Tottenham vs Ajax – Spurs’ historic semi-final triumph of the 2018/19 campaign only misses out on our list due to the fact that Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into the second leg in Amsterdam with just one goal from disadvantage. Firmly in the conversation for the biggest comeback in Champions League history, but doesn’t quite fit the criteria here.
The same can be said for Ajax’s own turn of events in the round of 16 of the season at Real Madrid, as the Dutch heavyweights rallied from a 2-1 first-leg deficit to cause riots in the Bernabéu, sending Real Madrid packing courtesy of a dominant 4.-1 win.
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