‘Absolutely not’: TalkSPORT pundit says Chelsea must repeat win from ten years ago against Madrid tonight

Darren Bent recalled one major date in Chelsea’s history that might inspire them against Real Madrid this evening.

Speaking on talkSPORT, the former striker reminded everyone of a previous scenario where the Blues had to defy all Champions League odds in Spain.

What significant game are we talking about?

It is almost ten years to the day since Chelsea reached the competition’s final by drawing 2-2 with Barcelona at the Nou Camp, winning the tie 3-2 on aggregate.

What made the result even more remarkable is that the Premier League side had to endure nearly an hour without John Terry, who received a red card in the first half.

Barca scored twice before the interval, but goals from Ramires and Fernando Torres turned the game on its head in truly dramatic fashion.

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Amongst all the action and entertainment was a missed Lionel Messi penalty – who also hit the post – an injury to Gary Cahill and several saves from Petr Cech.

A similarly extraordinary exhibition will be required this evening if Chelsea are to overcome Madrid on enemy terrority.

Chelsea have to charge at Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti’s team hold a 3-1 advantage from the first leg, with Karim Benzema bagging the match ball.

Stamford Bridge fell rather silent that night, as the home crowd witnessed a curiously contained European performance.

Only a handful of those supporting blue will be in attendance at the Bernabeu, praying for a repeat of the triumph over Barca all of them must remember from a decade ago.

“I think they are more than capable of getting something out of the game. They go into this game with confidence, blowing away Southampton, absolutely destroying them,” said Bent on Chelsea’s chances of a comeback.

“We know they can do that. I think they will score against Real Madrid.

“They got away with it a little bit at Stamford Bridge. Scored two great goals with Benzema and the last one was a mistake from the goalkeeper.

“And when you look at the chances Chelsea missed, that’s going to give them confidence, because if they create that amount of opportunities at the Bernabeu, I think they’ve got an opportunity of taking them.

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“But it’s about can they stop Real Madrid scoring. That might be difficult. But I’m not writing Chelsea off, absolutely not.

“I go back to the game when they went to the Nou Camp, ten men, they managed to get a result against Barcelona.

“They can do it, we’ve seen them do it before.”

Time for round two

Of course, the setting is entirely different for Chelsea on this occasion.

For starters, the Blues actually led 1-0 from the opening encounter before stunning Barca in the reverse fixture.

Thomas Tuchel’s squad is arguably superior to the one Robert Di Mateo had at his disposal, making an overhaul more likely.

Plus, this version of Madrid doesn’t exactly compare to the line-up of Messi, Andreas Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Dani Alves, Carlos Puyol, Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas and co.

Avoid the sending off but replicate the two goals from that Barca triumph and Chelsea will be on the brink of reaching the semi-final once again.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.