The bare facts can’t tell the story of this game as Chelsea overcame a 1-3 deficit to get past Napoli 5-4 After Extra Time.
Described by captain John Terry as “Probably the best night of my career here”; Chelsea have now won three from three under interim manager Roberto Di Matteo. Roman Abravomich has sacked six managers in his eight years as owner. The most recent sacking (that of Andrés Villas Boas) seemed to be the most reasonable, giving the abysmal run the club were on.
The second leg against Napoli was not about the manager however. Having been limp and lifeless in the first leg in Naples – Chelsea were in fact lucky not to be trailing by at least a goal or two more. At Stamford Bridge; Chelsea had all their big guns back, with Sturridge, Essien and Luiz all returning as well as Juan Mata; Chelsea’s goalscorer from the first leg.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Essien, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Sturridge (Torres 63), Drogba. SUBSTITUTES: Turnbull, Cahill, Boswingwa, Mikel, Malouda, Kalou, Torres.
Napoli (4-4-2): De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica, Maggio (Dossena 37), Inler, Gargano, Zuniga, Hamsík, Cavani, Lavezzi. SUBSTITUTES: Rosati, Vargas, Dossena, Fernandez, Britos, Dzemaili, Pandev.