Wednesday's Champions League Round of 16 second leg encounter against Paris Saint-Germain has every chance of entering Chelsea lore as yet another epic European night under the lights. Just like, say, Napoli in 2012 or, more recently, PSG in 2014.
Of course, the visitors had their own special night just last season, somehow managing to advance with just 10-men on the away goals rule. Former Chelsea hero David Luiz played a key role that night, scoring the goal that took the game to extra-time and celebrating wildly on the same hallowed turf on which he played for 3.5 seasons. He had claimed prior to that match that he wouldn't celebrate, though as we know, Sideshow Dave wasn't exactly always one to play with the most self-control.
I had said that I wouldn't celebrate if I scored, but I couldn't control my emotions because of the drama of the match. To score a goal in the last few minutes to help your team, when we had been a man down since early in the game ... It was very important, and it kept us in that match. But my respect, my love for Chelsea, will always be the same.
-David Luiz; source: UEFA
Luiz makes no such promise this time, but insists that it's only business.
It will be another great game at Stamford Bridge, and I hope we can also come out as winners there. London was a city and a club where I was very happy. I had some great moments there, but I am focused on my work, which is to play for PSG.
-David Luiz; source: UEFA
Chelsea captain John Terry, who might not even take part, also played down the emotional aspect of the encounter, the third such test in as many seasons.
"We've come back from worse results in the past. We still have a great chance at home. Those nights at the Bridge are unbelievable. Let's just hope it's another big night and we can progress. It's not about revenge at all, it's about getting to the next stage of the competition."
"We have players who are hungry and have had a lot of disappointments in the competition that want to go on further, so it's going to be a good game. They're a good side as well. They showed that the first leg. But hopefully we'll have enough to go through."
-John Terry; source: FourFourTwo
After a couple lackluster performances against Stoke and Norwich, maybe showing a bit of emotion wouldn't be so amiss. Overturning a 2-1 first leg deficit may not be the most daunting task, but this will be a fight to the death, a match that could very well end up defining the season, at least in-part, when we look back a few months or years from now.