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Chelsea's German past

The Blues have been to Germany on 10 previous occasions ahead of our Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt, including the greatest night in our history. Here’s how we got on…

Chelsea have a finely balanced record on German soil but our recent form has been particularly strong, chalking up three wins from our last three visits (with one of those famously on penalties).

Overall, we have managed to win four, draw two and lose four of our past fixtures in Antonio Rudiger’s birth country, all of which except the very first have been in the Champions League.

Our inaugural trip to Germany dates back to 1966, a 2-2 draw with 1860 Munich in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (we would go on to win the return leg at Stamford Bridge and reach the semi-finals).

We suffered a 2-1 defeat to Hertha Berlin despite a late Frank Leboeuf penalty on our second outing 33 years down the line. That was our first ever away trip in the Champions League group stage.

We would have to wait until 2004 for our maiden victory in Germany…


2003/04: VfB Stuttgart, W 1-0 (Champions League last 16 first leg, agg 1-0)

Chelsea memorably beat Stuttgart 1-0 in the 1998 Cup Winners’ Cup final in Stockholm but our first match against them in Germany was in the Champions League last 16 six years later.

Stuttgart boasted a 12-match unbeaten home record in European competition but Claudio Ranieri’s side went ahead after 12 minutes when Glen Johnson’s cross was deflected into the net.

Carlo Cudicini produced some fine saves to secure the narrow win and with the second leg ending goalless, the Blues progressed to meet Arsenal in the next round. Bodes well for tonight?

2004/05: Bayern Munich, L 2-3 (Champions League quarter-final second leg, agg 6-5)

After a Frank Lampard brace ensured we beat Bayern 4-2 at the Bridge in the last eight of the next campaign, Super Frank was on target once again in Germany on the half-hour mark.

Claudio Pizarro scored against us as Bayern turned up the pressure but the tie was killed off when Joe Cole floated over a cross for Didier Drogba to head home 10 minutes from time.

A pair of stoppage time goals gave the hosts victory on the night in the last-ever European match at the old 1972 Olympic Stadium but Chelsea would still advance to take on Liverpool.

2006/07: Werder Bremen, L 0-1 (Champions League group stage)

The Blues clinched qualification for the 2007 knockout stages despite defeat in Bremen, having beaten them 2-0 in the reverse fixture with goals from Michael Essien and Michael Ballack.

Per Mertesacker’s powerful header in the 26th minute proved the difference as they competed to finish above Barcelona while we kept half an eye on a domestic clash with Man United.

2007/08: Schalke, D 0-0 (Champions League group stage)

The first of three seasons in which we were paired with Schalke in the group stage ended with a lucky draw in Gelsenkirchen on the back of our 2-0 win at the Bridge a fortnight earlier.

Drogba was brilliantly denied by promising young goalkeeper Manuel Neuer but we struggled to test him in the early stages while at the other end Petr Cech limped off with a calf strain.

Sub keeper Cudicini was twice rescued by the woodwork as Germany’s Royal Blues pushed for a winner late on but in the end a point was enough to edge us close to the knockout stages.

2011/12: Bayer Leverkusen, L 1-2 (Champions League group stage)

Chelsea’s hopes of reaching the last 16 were left hanging in the balance after a late winner allowed Bayer Leverkusen to turn things around despite an impressive opening goal by Drogba.

The hosts depended on Ballack in his 100th European fixture, the majority of which had been in a Blue shirt, to keep them in the game until substitute Eren Derdiyok headed them level.

Bayer's last-minute goal left the Blues with a high-pressure final group game against Valencia.

2011/12: Bayern Munich, D 1-1, 4-3 on pens (Champions League final)

Our magical night in Germany came at what was technically a neutral venue.

In reality, Bayern had a boost from a baying crowd at the Allianz Arena, where they were looking to become the first team to win the European Cup on their home ground for 47 years.

However, every Chelsea fan knows what happened next: we were two minutes from agony when Drogba equalised with a bullet header. Then Cech stepped in to save a penalty from ex-Blue Arjen Robben in extra-time and stopped two more efforts in the shoot-out.

That set the stage for Drogba, the king of the big occasion, to convert the winning spot-kick. 

2012/13: Schalke, W 3-0 (Champions League group stage)

The Champions of Europe secured the first of a series of high-scoring victories against Schalke on their own turf with two goals from Fernando Torres on his 100th start for Chelsea.

The Spaniard gave us an early lead after Branislav Ivanovic flicked on Lampard’s corner and netted a second on a counter driven by Eden Hazard midway through the second half.

Hazard added the third himself with a cool finish shortly before the final whistle – and we would repeat the feat by the same scoreline at Stamford Bridge the following season.

2014/15: Schalke, W 5-0 (Champions League group stage)

Our most recent trip to Germany resulted in our biggest winning margin yet as we swept aside Roberto Di Matteo’s Schalke to qualify for the knockout phase once again.

Skipper John Terry headed in a Cesc Fabregas corner to open the scoring after 86 seconds and Willian then lashed in our second before an own goal made it 3-0 at the interval.

Substitutes Drogba and Ramires also got on the scoresheet after the interval as the Blues completed a 5-0 rout which equalled our record away win in the Champions League.

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