Nine years on from their memorable Champions League success in Munich, Chelsea are back in the final under very different circumstances. But their 2012 success still represents the ultimate underdog story.
It appeared that the Blues were down and out on multiple occasions on their journey to the final. They lost 3-1 in Naples, only to overturn the deficit 4-1 in the second leg in the last-16 knockout round.
Then they travelled to Camp Nou to face Barcelona and Lionel Messi and were two goals down with 10 men after John Terry’s sending off. But the visitors pulled off a miraculous comeback thanks to Ramires and Fernando Torres’ strikes.
And finally, the showpiece event in Munich. Playing against Bayern Munich at the stadium where they play every week would be no easy feat.
Didier Drogba celebrates Chelsea’s Champions League triumph in 2012
Again, Chelsea were forced to dig in when the dominant hosts finally took the lead through Thomas Muller. But up stepped Didier Drogba to head home from Juan Mata’s corner.
Of course, the rest is history. The Ivorian swept home the winning penalty in the shootout to clinch the crown in his final appearance for the club.
On Saturday in Porto, Thomas Tuchel will be hoping his side can tap into spirit of the 2012 squad, who despite being made up a mixture of experienced internationals and academy graduates pulled off a historic triumph.
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