Jorginho is the cover star of today’s matchday programme, which naturally features plenty of focus on our Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich in 2012 ahead of a mouth-watering European encounter at Stamford Bridge.
Willian was a key player during our most recent last-16 tie against Barcelona and the Brazilian shares some of his most special European memories from over the years, including scoring twice on his first appearance at the Bridge as a Shakhtar player. The winger also reveals his best Champions League moment to date in a feature interview.
There is only one man fitting for this week’s The Journey Home as Petr Cech provides a fascinating insight into his penalty save from Arjen Robben in extra-time of that memorable final in the German capital.
The two were neighbours during their time at Chelsea and used to holiday together, and Cech looks into the psychology behind one of his greatest moments as a Blue.
We also take a trip down memory lane to pick out the best photos from our shootout triumph in Munich for a special edition of Previously.
Frank Lampard has called for collective positivity once again tonight, urging us to continue the momentum that was built from Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham. ‘There was a good feeling in the stadium at the end of the game on Saturday and it’s important now that we carry that into this evening,’ writes the boss in his manager’s notes.
‘It’s a Champions League night at the Bridge and we’ll need the feel-good factor from the win over Tottenham, which was really evident. You could see it in the energy and focus the players put into the game, and I think the fans reacted to that, so we’ll need that collective positivity again.’
In his own notes, captain Cesar Azpilicueta highlights the importance of squad depth at this stage of the season. ‘We know that, through the season, we need everyone in the squad, and now more than ever we are showing that everyone is fighting to create competition for places in the team,’ says the Spaniard.
As always, there are also exclusive columns with Andy Myers, Ed Brand and Emma Hayes, who take you behind the scenes to reveal all about our Academy and Women’s sides ahead of some big games for those teams.
Hayes’s side head to Nottingham for the Conti Cup final this weekend aiming to lift the only domestic trophy still to evade them, while our Under-18s host Millwall at the Bridge on Thursday in the FA Youth Cup quarter-final.
Tommy Langley is the subject of Star Gazing, providing an account of what it was like coming up against Bayern legend Franz Beckenbauer during his New York Cosmos days in America, while Secrets of the Dressing Room details the Chelsea career of Nils Middelboe, our first overseas player. The Dane paints a rather eloquent picture of the English game over a century ago.
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