After the Champions League draw pitted us against the side we beat to lift the trophy in 2012, we look back at Chelsea’s last meeting with Bayern Munich to find out what that group of players are up to now.
A year on from the most incredible night in the club’s history, when we defeated the German club in their own backyard to become champions of Europe, the two sides met again in Prague to settle the UEFA Super Cup.
It was an absolute thriller, finishing 2-2 after extra-time with the Blues twice leading only to be pegged back by Pep Guardiola’s men – including with virtually the last kick of the game, as Javi Martinez sent the tie to penalties.
We ended up losing out in the shoot-out after Romelu Lukaku missed our crucial fifth penalty – find out what the Belgian is up to now, along with the rest of the players who lined up in that tie.
Cech spent the best years of his career at Stamford Bridge during his 11-season stay in west London, keeping more clean sheets than any other keeper on his way to helping us to a host of major honours. He’s now back at the Bridge, following retirement last summer, as technical and performance advisor.
The right-back made a habit of scoring crucial goals during his nine years at Chelsea – as well as vital efforts against Liverpool and Napoli in the Champions League, he also settled the Europa League final. He’s now approaching his three-year anniversary with Zenit St Petersburg in Russia.
There was rarely a dull moment with the Brazilian centre-back, who spent two spells at the Bridge and established himself as a fans’ favourite across 248 appearances. The last of those games came in a Europa League final win over Arsenal last term; his next competitive match was in a Gunners shirt after he made the short trip to the Emirates.
Another former Blue who is now playing for another London club, Cahill has brought huge experience to the Crystal Palace rearguard this term. He spent seven years with Chelsea after joining us in 2012 and he is one of only four players to have captained the Blues to FA Cup glory.
Cole can lay as strong a claim as any to be regarded as the best left-back of the modern era and he remains the only England full-back to win a century of caps for his country. The Super Cup was at the start of his last season with Chelsea, followed by spells at Roma, LA Galaxy and Derby. He is back at Cobham coaching in our Academy.
In six years at Chelsea, Ramires perhaps expended more energy than any other Blue in that time. That’s not to say there weren’t moments of brilliance, as Goal of the Season efforts against Man City and Barcelona illustrated. The Brazilian is now back in his homeland with Palmeiras after a spell in China.
If you need us to tell you where this former Blue is now, perhaps this isn’t the right website for you! Super Frank, our all-time leading scorer, is of course back at the Bridge as our head coach, having finished his career with Man City and New York City and then began his coaching journey at Derby.
The popular Brazilian was a year behind Ramires in moving to China, although he has remained with Shanghai SIPG since his move there in 2017. Prior to that he was a modern-day No.10 in our 2014/15 title-winning side, putting in graft as much as adding a touch of flair and goalscoring to the midfield.
In 18 months at the Bridge, Schurrle showed flashes of brilliance such as his quick-fire treble against Fulham. Inconsistency was the issue, however, and he has played for Wolfsburg, Borussia Dortmund, Fulham and Spartak Moscow since leaving us in 2015.
In years to come we may well be talking about the Belgian as Chelsea’s greatest-ever player – and he’s certainly one of the most beloved in the eyes of the fans, having won our Player of the Year award four times. He left us in the summer after seven incredible years and he’ll now be trying to mastermind Real Madrid’s path past Manchester City in the next round of the Champions League.
The numbers might not have lived up to the club-record fee spent on Torres, but the Spanish striker netted some important goals in his time as a Blue, most notably against Barcelona and Benfica. After leaving us for boyhood club Atletico Madrid, he recently hung up his boots following a spell in Japan with Sagan Tosu.
The three substitutes we called upon that evening were Romelu Lukaku, John Mikel Obi and John Terry. The latter, of course, recently returned to the Bridge as assistant head coach of Aston Villa, while Lukaku made a summer move to Inter Milan after eight years in the Premier League. Mikel, meanwhile, currently plays for Turkish side Trabzonspor, where he has been joined by ex-Blues forward Daniel Sturridge.