CL Club 7
Inside Blue Mon 20 Nov 2017
Cesc Fabregas made his 100th Champions League appearance in the last round of fixtures, becoming the seventh current or former Chelsea player to reach that milestone.
In all, 33 footballers have brought up their century in Europe's premier club competition, excluding qualifying matches, since its inception in 1992.
That over a fifth of that tally has done so while playing at least one game for Chelsea in the competition shows how the Blues have moved up among the continental elite since debuting in the competition in 1999.
Topping the appearances chart is Iker Casillas, who is on 166, with fellow Spaniard Xavi the only other player who has passed 150 matches.
But which Chelsea players feature on the list of centurions? Without further ado...
Andriy Shevchenko – 100 appearances
The Ukrainian was a semi-finalist with Dynamo Kiev and a winner of the competition with AC Milan, having converted the deciding penalty in the shoot-out to settle the 2003 final. He appeared in 15 Champions League games for the Blues, netting vital goals in the knockout phase of 2006/07 to help us reach the semi-finals and he was an unused sub in the final a year later as we finished as runners-up for the first time.
Cesc Fabregas – 100
The newest addition to the list actually enjoyed his best-ever run in the competition with Arsenal, whom he helped to the final in 2006, and he has also reached the semi-final on numerous occasions – including in 2012, when his Barcelona side were beaten by the Blues. After joining Chelsea in 2014, his first goal for the club came in the Champions League in a 1-1 draw with Schalke and he barely missed a European game for the Blues, making 19 appearances for us in the competition.
Arjen Robben – 101
Another who suffered at the hands of the Blues in 2012, Robben missed a penalty in extra time for Bayern Munich in the final as his side were beaten by Roberto Di Matteo's side, although he made for it a year later with the goal which clinched his first winners' medal in the competition. Although he was electrifying in two Premier League-winning campaigns with the Blues, Robben rarely displayed his best form on the continent, although his first Blues goal was a sensational effort against CSKA Moscow.
Frank Lampard – 105
Aside from the final three games, the entirety of Lampard's Champions League career was played out with the Blues. The legendary Chelsea No8 was a huge part of the first London side to lift the trophy, successfully converting his penalty in the shoot-out win over Bayern Munich, and he wore the captain's armband in place of the suspended John Terry. He scored in semi-finals against Monaco and Liverpool, with the latter a hugely emotional moment after the recent death of his mother, and also netted our first goal in a Champions League final in our meeting with Manchester United in 2008. However, his best strike in the competition was surely the chest, turn and volley against Bayern in 2005.
Ashley Cole – 108
England's best-ever left-back played alongside Fabregas in the Arsenal side which reached the 2006 final, and six years later he, like Lampard, converted in the shoot-out win over Bayern to help us secure the trophy. That moment may not have even been possible had it not been for Cole's goal-line clearance in Naples to keep us in our last-16 tie with Napoli when we were in danger of being cut adrift. But we were used to interventions like that from him, and he barely put a foot wrong in his 60 Champions League appearances for Chelsea.
John Terry – 109
Every single one of JT's Champions League appearances, the majority of which were as captain, came during his lengthy stay at Stamford Bridge. He reached double figures for matches in no fewer than six campaigns and also enjoyed one particularly prolific campaign, in 2004/05, when he netted four Champions League goals, which included the winner in our epic win over Barcelona. JT also memorably netted in the fine comeback victory over Napoli in 2011/12, although a red card in the second leg of the semi-final in Barcelona meant he missed out on playing in his second final in the competition.
Petr Cech – 111
While the Czech stopper just missed out on a Champions League century of matches for the Blues, reaching a tally of 94 during his time here, he just pips Terry to top spot on the list of overall appearances thanks to his spells with Sparta Prague and Arsenal. Cech was between the posts for both of our Champions League final appearances and after saving one penalty in our shoot-out defeat to Manchester United, he went one better to keep out spot-kicks from Ivica Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger as we defeated Bayern Munich in 2012. That the game even reached a shoot-out owed much to Cech's brilliance throughout the game, which included an extra-time penalty stop from Robben.