Chelsea will be looking to maintain our excellent home record against German clubs at Stamford Bridge when we host Eintracht Frankfurt in the second leg of the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday.
Bundesliga sides have failed to manage a victory in their nine previous visits to the Bridge in European competition with the Blues winning seven games and drawing the other two, while scoring 17 goals and conceding only three.
With the semi-final delicately poised after a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Frankfurt, Chelsea supporters are hoping that Maurizio Sarri’s side can continue that outstanding record as we take aim at another appearance in a continental cup final.
Chelsea 1-0 1860 Munich – March 1966
They may now be languishing in Germany’s third division but 1860 Munich were a formidable side in 1966 when they won the Bundesliga and met the Blues in the Fairs Cup quarter-finals. After a 2-2 draw in Germany, the second leg at the Bridge was scoreless for 80 minutes until Peter Osgood grabbed the winner 10 minutes from time to send us through to a semi-final against Barcelona.
Chelsea 2-0 Hertha Berlin – November 1999
Needing a win to seal our passage into the next round of the Champions League, Chelsea got past Hertha Berlin with goals from a couple of unusual sources. Didier Deschamps put us ahead with a 25-yard screamer after 10 minutes and full-back Albert Ferrer smashed home Dennis Wise’s measured pass just before half-time as the pair scored their only goals during their time as Chelsea players.
Chelsea 0-0 Stuttgart – March 2004
An own goal by Fernando Meira in Germany had given us the edge against Stuttgart but the second leg was a tense affair with the visitors pressing to get back on level terms and nearly doing so when Boris Zivkovic’s 77th minute header was saved by Carlo Cudicini. Jesper Gronkjaer hit the post late on but the Blues hung on for a 1-0 aggregate victory and set up a quarter-final against Arsenal.
Chelsea 4-2 Bayern Munich – April 2005
Our Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich looked to be swinging Bayern Munich’s way when Bastian Schweinsteiger’s goal early in the second half cancelled out Joe Cole’s fourth-minute opener. However, Frank Lampard put us in charge with two goals including a magnificent turn and volley for our third before Didier Drogba’s close-range finish made it 4-1. Michael Ballack’s penalty gave Bayern some hope for the second leg but the Blues prevailed 6-5 on aggregate.
Chelsea 2-0 Werder Bremen – September 2006
The Blues made a winning start to our 2006/07 Champions League campaign with Michael Essien putting us ahead against Werder Bremen after 23 minutes when he fired home a loose ball from the edge of the box. Miroslav Klose headed against the crossbar for the visitors but Ballack, having made the switch to Chelsea, made the game safe by converting a penalty midway through the second half.
Chelsea 2-0 Schalke – October 2007
Goals at the start of each half set the Blues on course for victory in our first Champions League match against Schalke. Florent Malouda opened the scoring after four minutes when he cut in from the left and saw his low effort squeeze through the legs of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Drogba made the game safe two minutes after the interval, diving to head home Paulo Ferreira's cross from the right.
Chelsea 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen – September 2011
A hard-fought encounter against Bayer Leverkusen was deadlocked after 67 minutes when David Luiz made a 60-yard run on the left flank, laying the ball off for Ashley Cole before advancing to the edge of the box to receive a pass from Fernando Torres and curling his shot into the bottom corner. Torres then set up Juan Mata in stoppage time to secure a 2-0 victory in the opening match of a Champions League campaign which would end in glory in Munich the following May.
Chelsea 3-0 Schalke – November 2013
A brace by Samuel Eto’o saw the Blues stroll to a 3-0 win against Schalke in the Champions League group stage. The Cameroonian gave us the lead with an opportunistic effort after 31 minutes when he charged down goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand’s clearance and deflected the ball into the Schalke net He then collected a pass from Willian just after half-time to fire home his second of the night before substitute Demba Ba rounded off the scoring with a volley seven minutes from time.
Chelsea 1-1 Schalke – September 2014
After losing their previous two Champions League games at the Bridge, Schalke earned a point on their most recent visit. The Blues went ahead after 11 minutes when Cesc Fabregas exchanged passes with Eden Hazard before sliding the ball past goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann, but we failed to build on our advantage and Klass-Jan Huntelaar equalised on a counter-attack just after the hour. Chelsea were far more ruthless in the return game, romping to a 5-0 win in Germany.