The Champions League is and has always been the most prestigious club football tournament. Comebacks on this big a stage always need to be acknowledged because it’s an accomplishment like no other. To finally have beaten the nerves and have risen through all the anticipation to beat an opponent. An opponent who already had beaten you before and you are on the cusp of elimination. Sounds heavy. But these teams, with their efforts on the ground, have written their story on the pages of history. Today, we look at the greatest UEFA Champions League comebacks ever.
Greatest Champions League Comebacks
5. Chelsea vs Napoli, 2012 :
The eventual champions of the competition, against every pundit’s predictions, were hit with quite the snag when they were facing the Italian side from Naples in the Round of 16. Napoli, at the Stadio San Paolo had managed a massive 3-1 victory against a then struggling Chelsea side. Chelsea were not in form, and were struggling with each fixture on their hands.
In between the two legs, manager Andre Villas-Boas was sacked after a defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion. Assistant coach Roberto Di Matteo as the interim coach saw out the rest of the season as performances improved. Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge, managed a 3-1 full time score for the second leg of the round of 16 fixture. In extra time, Branislav Ivanovic’s right foot found the back of the net in the 105th minute. Chelsea completed a comeback, a 4-1 victory AET, paving their way to the cup.