It may not be a common scoreline in football but Chelsea have been involved in a fair number of 4-4 draws over the past 15 years.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side produced a remarkable performance against Manchester City on Sunday which may not have yielded three points but produced a thrilling encounter which football fans are likely to talk about for years to come.

But as rare as a 4-4 draw may be in football, it has happened on quite a few occasions for Chelsea over the past 15 years.

Aston Villa (H) – December 2007

With Didier Drogba and John Terry sidelined by injury and Frank Lampard going off with a thigh issue, things looked bleak for Chelsea when we trailed by two goals against Villa before Andriy Shevchenko’s penalty reduced the deficit on the stroke of half-time.

The Blues took control after the interval and after Shevchenko had equalised with a stunning effort from range, the Ukrainian set up Alex to make 3-2 midway through the second half.

Although Villa restored parity shortly afterwards, Michael Ballack appeared to have secured the three points when he drove home a free-kick to restore our lead two minutes from time.

However, Ashley Cole was adjudged to have handled the ball on the goal-line in stoppage time and was sent off as Gareth Barry converted the resulting spot-kick to deny us the three points.

Tottenham Hotspur (A) – March 2008

Three months later, Avram Grant’s side were involved in another eight-goal thriller, this time in north London.

The Blues appeared to be in control at White Hart Lane after goals by Didier Drogba, Michael Essien and Joe Cole made it 3-1 early in the second half but Tottenham managed to level things up by the 75th minute through goals by Dimitar Berbatov and Tom Huddlestone.

With 11 minutes left, Cole restored our advantage with his second of the game after losing his marker with a fine turn and firing into the top corner.

But an unfortunate bounce of the ball off the back of Ricardo Carvalho allowed Robbie Keane to make it 4-4 in the 88th minute and Spurs might even have won in stoppage time but Carlo Cudicini produced a magnificent save to deny Berbatov his second from point-blank range.

Liverpool (H) – April 2009

After winning 3-1 at Anfield in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie, Chelsea began poorly in the return game and allowed Liverpool to level the aggregate score with two first-half goals at the Bridge.

But the Blues came back strongly in the second half with Drogba pulling one back and Alex smashing in a sensational free-kick before Lampard put us 3-2 up on the night with 14 minutes left.

A pair of quickfire goals by Lucas Leiva and Dirk Kuyt put the Reds within one goal of progression but Lampard fired home his second of the game with just a minute left to seal a 4-4 draw and a 7-5 aggregate triumph.

Ajax (H) – November 2019

With 55 minutes gone at the Bridge, Chelsea appeared to be headed for a heavy loss to Ajax in the Champions group stage game when Donny van de Beek drove a low effort past Kepa Arrizabalaga to make it 4-1 to the Dutch side.

The Blues were not about to go down with a fight though and after Cesar Azpilicueta got a goal back, the momentum swung decidedly in our favour after both Daley Blind and Joel Veltman were sent off for the visitors a matter of minutes apart and Jorginho netted his second penalty of the game to cut the deficit to one.

It set the stage for a sensational equaliser in the 74th minute by Reece James who turned in the rebound after Kurt Zouma had headed against the spark bedlam among the home fans.

Azpilicueta appeared to complete a comeback win for the Blues soon afterwards but his effort was ruled out after the ball appeared to strike Tammy Abraham on the hand in the build-up to the goal.