Three of the best Chelsea Champions League comebacks ever

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After a 3-1 first leg defeat in Paris, Jose Mourinho’s dream of leading Chelsea to Champions League glory looks in doubt, but history has shown the Blues are more than capable of launching a comeback at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are currently unbeaten in 18 games at their home ground and can be backed at 9/10 with Ladbrokes to claim a win on the night against PSG.

But for our money the 11/4 on Chelsea progressing to the next stage looks the best bet, especially when you consider their previous record for comebacks in the competition.

Chelsea 4-2 Barcelona – March 7th 2005

Trailing the Catalans 2-1 from the first leg, the Blues raced into a big lead with Eidur Gudjohnsen, Frank Lampard and Damien Duff putting the Londoners 3-0 up on the night and seemingly on course for progression to the next round.

But a contentious penalty from Ronaldinho just before the half-hour mark followed by a now memorable toe-poke finish put the Catalans back in the match at 3-2 going into half-time. It was left to captain John Terry to head in what would prove to be the decisive goal 14 minutes from time.

Chelsea 2-0 Fenerbahce – April 8th 2008

The Blues slipped to a 2-1 first leg defeat in Turkey but, like the Barcelona clash before, Chelsea got off to a great start in the return fixture with Michael Ballack opening the scoring on four minutes. A nervy encounter ensued with the Turkish giants pushing for a crucial away goal and the Londoners looking to hit them on the break.

In the end they did just that, with Lampard coming up trumps again with a goal three minutes from time that secured their safe passage and eased any concerns about a potentially heart-breaking last minute goal from the visitors.

Chelsea 4-1 Napoli – March 14th 2012

The match where the Pensioners started to believe they could win the Champions League came just weeks after the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas, who was sacked following a 3-1 defeat to Napoli in Italy.

It took Chelsea a little longer to get off the mark this time around with Didier Drogba opening the scoring on 28 minutes. Two minutes into the second half, a John Terry header seemingly put them beyond reach, but Napoli hit back through Gokhan Inler.

With just a quarter of an hour remaining the Blues were awarded a penalty which was duly dispatched by Lampard to send the tie into extra time. It was then left to Branislav Ivanovic to score in the first period, putting the Londoners through.

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