Inside Blue Tue 17 Oct 2017
Chelsea fans have enjoyed plenty of memorable matches against Italian opponents at Stamford Bridge through the years.
As we prepare to welcome Roma to west London this week for a clash between the top two teams in Group C of the Champions League, here is a look back at five big wins at the Bridge against Serie A sides.
Vicenza, April 1998
The Blues trailed 1-0 from the first leg of the Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final against Vicenza and Pasquale Luiso then extended their lead after 32 minutes at the Bridge to leave us needing three goals in under an hour to go through. However, Gustavo Poyet pulled one back just three minutes later and Gianfranco Zola headed in Gianluca Vialli’s cross early in the second half before Mark Hughes smashed in the winner 14 minutes from time to send us through to the final.
Lazio, October 2003
Chelsea had to stage another comeback at the Bridge in our group stage game in 2003/04 after Simone Inzaghi had put Lazio ahead with a close-range header late in the first half. However, the Blues drew level in the 57th minute through a magnificent strike by Frank Lampard, who hit a first-time effort with the outside of his right boot into the top corner, before Adrian Mutu turned the ball past Angelo Perruzzi at the second attempt eight minutes later to seal a 2-1 win.
Roma, October 2008
Our first Champions League meeting with Roma in the group stage in 2008/09 was a largely frustrating affair for the Blues as the Serie A side sought to stifle the game. Lampard went close to breaking the deadlock in the first half as his free-kick hit the woodwork but our patience was finally rewarded with 12 minutes left when John Terry rose at the near post to meet a Lampard corner and headed in the only goal of the game.
Juventus, February 2009
With Guus Hiddink taking charge of the Blues after the departure of Luiz Filipe Scolari, we went into a tough-looking Champions League last 16 clash against a Juventus side riding high in Serie A under former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri. Drogba fired us ahead after 13 minutes after being set up by a fine through pass by his Ivorian compatriot Salomon Kalou and we held on to win 1-0 in a lively match before drawing 2-2 in the return game in Turin to reach the quarter-finals.
Napoli, March 2012
Trailing 3-1 against Napoli from the first leg of the last 16 tie, the Blues stormed back at the Bridge to overturn the deficit against the Italian side. Drogba and Terry levelled the aggregate score but Gokhan Inler put Napoli back in front before the Blues were awarded a penalty 15 minutes from time and Lampard kept his composure to send the game to extra-time. Drogba then turned provider to set up Branislav Ivanovic for the winning goal as we continued our match to Munich and our very first Champions League triumph.