With the help of club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton, we look at Chelsea's past home encounters with Swedish sides...
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Chelsea and Malmo met for the first time in competitive action last week, a 2-1 victory for the Londoners. Only two Swedish sides have played at Stamford Bridge before: Atvidabergs in November 1971 and Helsingborgs in September 1998. On both occasions Chelsea were holders defending the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.
The irony of the first encounter was that Atvidabergs won the tie by virtue of scoring an away goal – the Blues had racked up a club record aggregate scoreline of 21-0 in the previous round against Jeunesse Hautcharage.
Dave Sexton’s side drew a blank in Sweden but were confident of outscoring the visitors in the second leg. Lacking Ian Hutchinson, Chris Garland and Tommy Baldwin at the Bridge, the studious manager experimented with John Hollins upfront but abandoned that experiment at half-time and threw versatile defender Dave Webb up top instead.
Webb’s endeavour helped bring about the Blues’ only goal of the tie when Alan Hudson thumped home early in the second half. Hollins had the chance to double the advantage with a spot-kick on the hour mark but it rebounded off a post to safety. Five minutes later Roland Sandberg finished a sweeping counter-attack to level for the visitors.
John Dempsey’s header came down off the bar but not – according to officials – over the line, and a host of other chances were squandered. The Chelsea players were booed off the field and felt ‘disgusted with ourselves’ after the visitors saw out the away-goals-rule win. It was a result that, as their official website notes, ‘resounded throughout the football world’.
Helsingborgs’ trip to London 27 years later was the first leg of the tie. Player-coach Gianluca Vialli (pictured top) selected himself and Tore Andre Flo in attack ahead of Gianfranco Zola and Pierluigi Casiraghi but it proved a frustrating evening against a five-man midfield barrier. Flo left the field in agony with dislocated fingers and Vialli also replaced himself.
The Blues had to settle for a 1-0 win, courtesy Frank Leboeuf’s brilliant, direct free-kick just before half-time. A 0-0 in Sweden took the Londoners through in a campaign that ended in the semi-finals at Real Mallorca. (Throughout its 38-year history, no club successfully defended the Cup Winners’ Cup.)
Chelsea’s caretaker coach Guus Hiddink made a victorious start at Aston Villa on 21 February 2009 thanks to Nicolas Anelka’s strike. It was the Blues’ first top-flight win at Villa Park for a decade.
FIRST LEG LINE UPS
MALMO 1 CHELSEA 2
Round of 32, first leg, Malmo New Stadium, 14.02.19, 8pm
Malmo (3-5-2) Dahlin; Nielsen, Bengtsson, Safari; Vindheim, Christiansen (Gall 81), Bachirou, Traustason (Lewicki 70), Rieks; Antonsson (Strandberg 70), Rosenberg (c).
Unused subs Melicharek, Larsson, Binaku, Ahmedhodzic.
Head coach Uwe Rosler
Scorer Christiansen 80
Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Kovacic, Jorginho (Kanté 73), Barkley; Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 84), Giroud, Willian (Hazard 71).
Unused subs Caballero, Zappacosta, Rüdiger, Higuain.
Head coach Maurizio Sarri
Scorers Barkley 30, Giroud 58
Referee Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)
Chelsea’s biggest home win in Europe
29/09/1971 - Chelsea 13-0 Jeunesse Hautcharage Cup Winners’ Cup - 1st rd 2nd leg
Malmo’s biggest away win in Europe
25/07/2013 - Hibernian 0-7 Malmo - Europa League 2nd qual 2nd leg