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Bruges 2 Chelsea 0 – Cup Winners’ Cup, March 10th 1971

Chelsea 4 Bruges 0 – Cup Winners’ Cup, March 24th 1971

Only once in the victorious European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign of 1970/71 did we find ourselves having to come from behind. That was in the quarter-final tie against FC Bruges.

The first leg was played at Bruges’s compact De Klokke ground and we struggled to cope with the hostile atmosphere inside the stadium and also with the physical strength of the Belgian team. In truth we were fortunate to emerge from the game only two goals down for the second leg.

The programme for the return urged the supporters to replicate the atmosphere of the first game and no one could be disappointed as Stamford Bridge rocked with the passion of one the great European nights.

Manager Dave Sexton decided on a more direct style of play than his normally preferred pass-and-move tactics, but it paid off handsomely. Peter Houseman, playing one of his best games for Chelsea, scored and Peter Osgood equalised on aggregate with just eight minutes remaining.

Bruges, with Dutch superstar Rob Rensenbrink outstanding, had always threatened to score in the 90 minutes but they were a spent force in extra time. Tommy Baldwin hit the crossbar before Alan Hudson set up brilliantly first Osgood and then Baldwin, for an overall victory margin of 4-2 that earned our place in an all-English semi-final against Manchester City.

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