In almost exactly a month, on May 18, 2018, a legendary match will take place at Stamford Bridge as members of Chelsea’s 1998 Cup Winners’ Cup team will take on a side comprised of some of Internazionale’s finest from that same era.
Zola, Wise, and Vialli will thus take on Zanetti, Djorkaeff, and Toldo, but there will be many more familiar names and memorable faces on both sides. Current Chelsea youth coach, the unmistakable Tore Andle Flo will be there for example, as will NBCSN commentator Graeme Le Saux and probably Jody Morris, Roberto Di Matteo, and maybe even Marcel Desailly, too (Zola mentioned him in a recent video). Chelsea’s official Twitter account this morning revealed several Inter names as well, including Marco Materazzi (if Conte’s still around then, that could be a fun meeting), Guiseppe Bergomi, Jurgen Klinsmann and a few others.
It would seem that the Chelsea legends are taking their Stamford Bridge return very seriously by the way, putting in plenty of work on the training ground as well as for the club’s media channels to help promote the occasion (only £20 to get in and help support the Chelsea Foundation). Here’s the latest example of the fun stuff as former captain Dennis Wise recounts the story of meeting and challenging then-newcomer Gianfranco Zola to a free-kick competition. Sadly there is no video of the actual challenge, but Wise tells it well.
Unsurprisingly, it was Wise who’d go on to lose, and not by a small margin, despite being quite handy at free kicks himself, too.
There is no shame in losing to Zola of course; arguably the most skillful player to ever play for Chelsea Football Club.
And now they’ll both be back 20 years after lifting the Cup Winners’ Cup for the team with no history. Should be fun!