I'm back guys. Time for my 3rd edition of "This day in Chelsea history", this time for the date of April 25. I'll go over a memorable moment from the day's date in Chelsea history. Here goes for today.
Chelsea beat Liverpool 1-0 in 1st leg of UEFA Champions League Semi Final - April 25, 2007
Mourinho's Chelsea was on pace for a treble in 2005. They were a buzzsaw. Dominant. Defensively as rigid as could be. Had perhaps the best goalkeeper, defender, and midfielder in the world. They were expected to move past Liverpool. Liverpool held out though and Chelsea could not break through in the 1st leg. It finished 0-0. Then the "ghost goal". Luis Garcia's questionable "goal". Did it or did it not cross the line? The referee said it did. Liverpool held on the rest of the way and advanced 1-0.
Chelsea would win the EPL again the next season and going into the Semifinal was also on pace for a Cup Treble. Emotions were running high. Rafa Benitez and Liverpool often had had the better of Jose Mourinho and Chelsea. Chelsea knew they needed a good start. They were the better team but Liverpool's European record was unquestioned. Chelsea got their quick start as Joe Cole put them ahead on the edge of the hour mark. Chelsea weren't able to find another goal but left The Bridge with the desired result. A victory. 1-0. In the end it was in vain. Liverpool struck early in the 2nd leg with Daniel Agger. An even affair played out the rest of the way and the game headed to penalties. Liverpool struck first with Bolo Zenden. Arjen Robben's penalty was saved by Pepe Reina. Xabi Alonso cooly converted his and so did Frank Lampard. Cech couldn't keep out Gerrard and then Geremi missed as well meaning Liverpool had a penalty to go to the Champions League Final. And Dirk Kuyt took it. Liverpool through 4-1 on penalties. They would go on to lose the final to Milan 2-1. Chelsea got their revenge the next year before losing on penalties in Moscow to Man United. Penalties finally went our way vs Bayern though last May.
Hope you have enjoyed so far and enjoy this post (even though the Blues lost) and I'll be posting once more tomorrow.