With the help of club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton, we look back on some past encounters with German sides, including today's opponents...
We Have History
This will be the first ever competitive meeting between Chelsea and Eintracht Frankfurt, and here is hoping the Blues’ latest performance on German soil will be as memorable as the last three.
Those were two impressive Champions League victories at Schalke – 3-0 in 2013/14 and 5-0 the following season – plus the unforgettable night in 2012 when the Blues beat Bayern in their own back yard to lift the Champions League for the first time. It would be rude not to include a reminder of such an occasion.
Tonight’s combatants have met twice previously in pre-season friendlies in Germany. On 14 August 1966, Tommy Docherty’s side suffered a second defeat in three days on a tour of the country. West Germany winger Wolfgang Solz inflicted the damage with the only goal of the game though Peter Osgood, just 19, smacked one against the post in front of 6,000 at the Waldstadion.
On 1 August 2010, during pre-season for Carlo Ancelotti’s Double-winners, several World Cup players had their first run-out on a difficult playing surface, watched this time by a 43,000 crowd.
Patrick Ochs opened the scoring after a defensive mix-up, but half-time sub Frank Lampard restored parity from Patrick van Aanholt’s pass (pictured top). The hosts eventually won 2-1 with a penalty converted by new signing Halil Altintop late in the game.
Carlo Ancelotti’s title-chasing Blues won 2-0 at Anfield on 2 May 2010, the opening goal emanating from an errant Gerrard back-pass intercepted by Didier Drogba. Frank Lampard slid in Chelsea’s second.
Frankfurt’s biggest home win in Europe
03/09/1992 Frankfurt 9-0 Widzew Lodz UEFA Cup 1st round 2nd leg
Chelsea’s biggest away win in Europe
15/09/1971 Jeunesse Hautcharage 0-8 Chelsea Cup Winners’ Cup 1st rd 1st leg