Chelsea’s 2017/18 Champions League campaign was undermined by a deeply disappointing 3-0 defeat away to Roma on Tuesday night. Despite that result they remain in a good position to reach the knockout stages, but Antonio Conte’s side don’t look a serious threat to the continent’s finest.
Following such a dispiriting result, hope can be found for the Premier League titleholders in the form of their remarkable success in the competition in 2012. That year they triumphed against the odds, beating Barcelona and Bayern Munich to lift Europe’s most prestigious club trophy.
Led by Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea stifled the German giants in the final. Despite going 1-0 down in the final ten minutes, a Didier Drogba equaliser set up extra time and penalties, in which the Blues secured the victory.
UMAXit have analysed the London side’s outstanding achievement in the above video. They break down how Di Matteo’s charges held Bayern at bay to seal their first – and to date only – Champions League success.
Setting up in a 4-2-3-1 shape that became a 4-4-1-1 defensively, Chelsea relied on a resolute back four and the hard work of John Obi Mikel in midfield to reduce their opponets' scoring chances. As a result, only seven of the German side’s 35 shots were on target on the night.
UMAXit also assess how the Blues used a combination of Ryan Bertrand and Ashley Cole on the left-hand side to double up and prevent effective attacks down that flank, as well as how the role of luck played a part in the win.
To watch the analysis, watch the video above.