Last night saw Chelsea overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit against Napoli with a stunning 4-1 extra time victory. It was a win that seemed particularly unlikely given the state of turmoil that the Blues have been in following the sacking of manager Andre Villas-Boas. But where does this performance sit in the history of English clubs in the Champions League? We want you to give us your suggestions for best English performances.
PlayUp takes a look at some of the best ahead of the latest Top Five:
Liverpool 3-3 Milan, 2005
It was the most unlikely victory. 3-0 down at half time and seemingly dead and buried, Steven Gerrard pulled his team up by the scruff of the neck to create one of the most memorable nights in the history of the competition
Juventus 2-3 Manchester United, 1999
Fillipo Inzaghi gave Juventus a 2-0 lead on the night, and 3-1 on aggregate. United dreams of reaching a first final since 1968 were over. But goals from Dwight Yorke, Roy Keane and Andy Cole ensured that, as Clive Tyldesely said, it was “Full steam ahead Barcelona!”
Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich, 1999
The first 90 minutes were some of the most one sided in Champions League history. The next two also were, but with vastly different results. Sheringham and Solskjaer ensured that Bayern hearts were broken with two injury time strikes.
Inter Milan 1-5 Arsenal, 2003
Inter beware, Thierry’s gonna get ya, or so the t-shirts read. The San Siro was supposed to be an intimidating place and Arsenal needed a win to stay in the competition. 90 minutes and an Henry master class later and the aura of the ground was gone.
Leeds 3-0 Deportivo, 2001
An unforgettable night for the Champions League debutants, who had reached the quarter-finals for the first time in 26 years. The young side performed beyond their years, with goals from Ian Harte, Rio Ferdinand and Alan Smith sealing the win
Chelsea 4-2 Barcelona, 2004
Barca were almost as feared then as they are now. Inspired by Ronaldinho, they played some spell binding football, including a 20 yard strike from the Brazilian with no back lift. But it was Chelsea who won, courtesy of three first half strikes and John Terry’s second half header.
Newcastle 3-2 Barcelona, 1997
This was Newcastle at their swashbuckling best. Famed for their attacking play, the Magpies were indebted to a 22 minute Faustino Asprilla hat-trick and a string of brilliant saves by Shay Given to seal a famous win.