As Chelsea get ready to face Barcelona in Japan as part of our pre season tour I thought it was a perfect time to look back on a classic Chelsea v Barcelona encounter. There have been some fantastic ties over the years and it would have been very easy to look back on either 2005 or 2012. I have however decided to go further back and revisit a classic from the 1999/00 season.
It was Chelsea’s debut season in the Champions League and we would face Barcelona in the Quarter Final with the first leg being at Stamford Bridge.
De Goey, Ferrer, Desailly, Thome, Babayaro, Petrescu, Wise, Deschamps, Morris, Flo, Zola
Subs: Cudicini, Hogh, Poyet, Sutton, Di Matteo, Lambourde, Harley
Zola (30), Flo (34 & 38)
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With Luis Figo handling the ball just outside the box it gave the referee no option other than to award Chelsea a free kick. It was a Gianfranco Zola masterclass with him bending the ball into the top corner. 1-0 Chelsea!
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It was Tore Andre Flo who made it 2-0 after Gianfranco Zola turned provider and Flo was able to tap in from close range.
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Chelsea were in dreamland seven minutes before half time with Tore Andre Flo scoring his second of the match. It was Didier Deschamps who found Flo with a long ball and it was he who lobbed the goalkeeper from outside the box. Chelsea were 3-0 up at halftime!
Barcelona scored a vital away goal scored by Luis Figo. A clever finish into the bottom corner beating an outstretched Ed De Goey.
The game finished 3-1 with a result and performance no one in football could have predicted. I was at Stamford Bridge that night sitting in The Matthew Harding Lower with my dad and the atmosphere was electric. What a fantastic night that was!
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Here’s hoping for a positive result against Barcelona on Tuesday albeit preparation for the upcoming season. Ultimately though players need to improve fitness and keep getting game time as that’s the most important thing at this stage.
Come On Chelsea!
Written By Chris Wright