Pressing home an away advantage – examining Chelsea’s European history


Another brace on the road, this time from Nicolas Anelka in Denmark, gave Carlo Ancelotti’s men a useful cushion and there were no issues back in west London as a 0-0 draw did the job against Copenhagen.

Unfortunately, our journey ended in the following round as defeats at home and away to Manchester United knocked us out.


Nothing ever felt measured or comfortable the following season, particularly after the rollercoaster Round of 16 tie against Napoli, but our quarter-final victory over Benfica was actually quite routine. Salomon Kalou’s late goal in Lisbon was vital in giving us a 1-0 away win and then Lampard’s penalty in the return made life even more difficult for the Portuguese visitors.

True to form, it ended up being a nervy final five minutes after Javi Garcia had scored for Benfica, which meant a second away goal would have knocked Robbie Di Matteo’s side out, but up stepped Raul Meireles with a stoppage-time thunderbolt to keep Blues fans dreaming. The rest, as they say, is history.