Champions League: The 9 Times English Clubs Have Faced Off in The Knockout Stages

The Champions League quarter-finals have afforded Spurs the opportunity to save some face, after falling irrecoverably behind Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League title race – as they face City next month with a semi-final place at stake. 

The tie will mark the tenth time English sides have squared off in the competition’s latter stages, and only the third occurrence in the last ten seasons, but it comes as no surprise given that half of the eight sides hail from the Premier League – with Liverpool and Manchester United also joining the party. 

So, with one all-English tie and the potential for another in the semis, here’s a look back at the nine other ties that have graced the competition. 


Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea (2-3 agg.) 2003/04

Chelsea's Joe Cole (L) is pursued by Ars

​Arsenal might have gone unbeaten in their canter to the 2003/04 ​Premier League title, but it was their distant runners up ​Chelsea​ who prevented the season from being even more memorable in the quarter-finals.

With the tie perfectly poised at 2-2 after a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, it was Wayne Bridge of all people who popped up to sink the ‘Invincibles’, and send Claudio Ranieri’s Blues on their way to eventual semi-final defeat against Monaco.


Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea (1-0 agg.) 2004/05

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One year later, Chelsea would edge out Bayern Munich to make the semi-finals yet again, but this time it saw Rafa Benitez go head to head with Jose Mourinho for the first time in Europe – and it was the Spaniard who would just about come out on top. 

A solitary Luis Garcia strike in the opening minutes of the second leg at Anfield ensured the Reds secured passage at the Blues’ expense, kicking off a long, arduous history of the sides meeting in Europe.

It was perhaps the most forgettable of the all-English ties – for everyone but ​Liverpool, that is, who went on to famously lift the trophy in Istanbul.


Liverpool 4-2 Arsenal (5-3 agg.) 2007/08

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Liverpool quite liked a tie against another English side in the Champions League back in the day, and an Anfield late show against Arsenal in 2008 will no doubt go down as one of their favourites.

​They looked set to be heading out on away goals after an Emanuel Adebayor tap-in cancelled out Fernando Torres’ fantastic strike, but with the score at 3-3 on aggregate, a Steven Gerrard penalty and a Ryan Babel strike sent the Reds through yet again. 

What followed, however, wasn’t as fun. 


Chelsea 3-2 Liverpool (4-3 agg.) 2007/08

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​Chelsea exacted a measure of revenge over Rafa Benitez’s Reds three years on from their semi-final exit in 2005, edging a remarkable back-and-forth tie with an impressive victory at Stamford Bridge.

​Having drawn 1-1 at Anfield, the favour was returned after 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge, and extra time was required to separate two of the Premier League’s top dogs at the time. 

After Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba looked to have put it to bed after 105 minutes, however, and the Blues were able to weather a further strike from Ryan Babel, and the subsequent Liverpool onslaught.


Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (6-5 pens) 2007/08

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​For all their semi-final heroics, however, Chelsea’s run to the final ended in despondence, as ​Manchester United clinched the trophy on penalties.

The game itself was a nervy affair, with Frank Lampard cancelling out a Cristiano Ronaldo header shortly before half-time, and the two sides ultimately couldn’t be separated from open play. 

A shoot-out brimming with drama inevitably followed, and after John Terry famously slipped and botched a would-be winning penalty, Edwin van der Sar saved from Nicolas Anelka to ensure it was a famous night for the Red Devils.


Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool (7-5 agg.) 2008/09

Liverpool's Spanish defender Álvaro Arbe

Semi-final defeat against Barcelona awaited Chelsea after once again ousting Liverpool in Europe, but the second leg of this one at Stamford Bridge will forever be remembered as one of the competition’s great matches. 

After a spectacular first half saw Liverpool cut a 3-1 deficit down to just away goals, a disastrous start to the second half Chelsea score twice to level it up on the night, and a further strike from Lampard should really have buried it. That was just the start, however, as Liverpool refused to lie down. 

Goals from Lucas Leiva and Dirk Kuyt within a minute of each other left the Reds just one goal from progress for the last ten minutes, and Stamford Bridge was on edge until Frank Lampard put it to bed for good on 90 minutes.


Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United (1-4 agg.) 2008/09

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Three out of the four semi finalists in 2009 were English, so it’s only natural that Barcelona went on to win the competition. 

Battling it out for the right to be shown up by the Catalan giants, however, were Manchester United and Arsenal, and in truth it was a straightforward victory for Alex Ferguson’s men. 

Having recorded a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford, a casual 40-yard free-kick from Ronaldo had United 3-0 up on aggregate after 11 minutes at the Emirates. Ronaldo added a further strike on the hour mark, and Robin van Persie’s late penalty paled into insignificance. 


Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea (3-1 agg.) 2010/11

Chelsea's Spanish striker Fernando Torre

The prevailing narrative in the second leg of this quarter-final was Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to drop Didier Drogba for £50m January signing Fernando Torres. Like most incidents involving Torres at Stamford Bridge, it misfired spectacularly, and he was hooked at half-time with his side trailing 0-0.

A combative second half saw Didier Drogba salvage some hope for his side off the bench, but Park Ji-Sung’s immediate reply put Chelsea – reduced to ten men after Ramires’ red card – away.


Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool (1-5 agg.) 2017/18

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That all brings us up to a little over one year ago, when then-Premier League leaders Manchester City were faced with an English opponent in Europe for the first time.

They knew they’d be in for a tough tie with Jurgen Klopp’s side, who had previously taken them apart at Anfield to end their unbeaten run in the league, but they certainly weren’t prepared to be blown away over the two legs in the manner they were. 

Goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane had Liverpool leading within half an hour of the first leg, and though City threatened a comeback when they scored within two minutes in the return fixture at the Etihad, goals from Salah and Roberto Firmino in the second half left the English champions-elect in their dust.

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Maurizio Sarri Picks Out the Reason for Chelsea Recent Uptick in Form After Disastrous Run

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has claimed that this side’s improved work in defence has helped their form take a U-turn over the last few weeks, having only recently suffered big defeats against the likes of Manchester City and Bournemouth.

The Italian is slowly getting the fans back onside at Stamford Bridge after heavy speculation over his future, and Sarri insisted that a big reason for the club’s turnaround is their ability to keep the ball out of their net.

But Sarri also stressed that there is still a lot more to come from his Chelsea side before the end of the season, claiming that the Blues now need to maintain some consistency in the race for the top four.

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First of all, [we have improved] in terms of solidity I think,” Sarri said, quoted by football.london. “We are able to concede fewer than before. We are consistent with results. Not at the moment with the performances, especially in the offensive phase.

Sometimes we’ve played with very good quality in the offensive phase, and sometimes not. But at this moment, for us, the most important thing is to be solid.

I changed it in the last match because the opponent didn’t come to attack. And so, in the last 20 minutes, we could make the change. But I think that the system is not so important.

What is important is our way of football. We don’t play in the same way with another system. Before changing, it’s better to consolidate the first system, to consolidate our way of football. Then we can change, also, in matches. But first of all, I want to see my football.”

The Chelsea manager insisting that they will maintain their Sarriball philosophy won’t sit well with everyone inside Stamford Bridge, but the club have remained unbeaten since the Carabao Cup final and are still in the race for Champions League qualification.


They’re currently just one point behind Manchester United, although Sarri’s side are sitting three behind fourth placed Arsenal and four off Tottenham.

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Everton vs Chelsea Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

    ​Everton welcome Chelsea to Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon, as the Blues return to Premier League action.

    Maurizio Sarri’s side are back in domestic action after a successful outing in the Europa League, where they beat Dynamo Kiev 5-0 to progress to the quarter-finals. The Blues beat the Ukrainian side 8-0 on aggregate, with Czech side Slavia Prague now awaiting them in the last eight.


    Meanwhile, Everton will be looking to bounce back from last week’s devastating defeat. The Toffees lost 3-2 to Newcastle United last Saturday, as they gave up a 2-0 lead to concede three second half goals in a disappointing defeat.

    Here’s 90min’s preview of Sunday’s ​Premier League clash.


    Where to Watch

    When Is Kick Off? Sunday 17 March
    What Time Is Kick Off? 16:30 (GMT)
    Where Is it Played? Goodison Park
                    TV Channel/Live Stream?                                    Sky Sports Main Event                
    Referee? Anthony Taylor

    Team News

    ​Everton will be missing two players on Sunday, as Marco Silva will be without two of his centre backs. Phil Jagielka is out injured, while loanee Kurt Zouma is ineligible to play against his parent club.


    ​Chelsea have no new reported absences or suspensions, although striker Gonzalo Higuain may still be unavailable. The Argentine missed Thursday’s trip to Kiev with a fever, and could also miss the trip to Merseyside.


    Predicted Lineups

    Everton Pickford; Digne, Keane, Mina, Coleman; Gueye, Schneiderlin; Bernard, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin.
    Chelsea Arrizabalaga; Alonso, Luiz, Rudiger, Azpilicueta; Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic; Hazard, Giroud, Pedro.

    Head to Head Record

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    Everton and Chelsea have a lot of history, having played each other 181 times. The Blues have the superior record with 72 wins, while Everton have drawn more times than they have prevailed over the west Londoners, winning 54 times and drawing 55 times.

    The last time the two sides met was in November, when neither side found a breakthrough in a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. Interestingly the Blues are playing Everton after a European away trip again, having ​beating BATE Borisov 1-0 in Belarus before last November’s stalemate.

    Everton have failed to score against Chelsea their last five league meetings, with their last league goal against Sarri’s side coming in 2016. The Blues have lost just one of their last ten league games against Marco Silva’s side, last losing to the Toffees in 2015.


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    With just one win in their last six games, Everton will be eager to return to winning ways. Despite ​a derby draw with Liverpool and an ​impressive win over Cardiff City, Marco Silva’s side have dropped down to 11th and sit a staggering 21 points off the European spots.

    On the other hand, Chelsea are in strong form following their Europa League success. After salvaging a point late on in last Sunday’s ​draw with Wolves, Maurizio Sarri will be eager to take maximum points at Goodison Park as they continue their pursuit of the top four.

    Here’s how each team has performed in their last five fixtures:

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    Newcastle 3-2 Everton (09/03) Dynamo Kiev 0-5 Chelsea (14/03)
    Everton 0-0 Liverpool (03/03) Chelsea 1-1 Wolves (10/03)
    Cardiff City 0-3 Everton (26/02) Chelsea 3-0 Dynamo Kiev (07/03)
    Watford 1-0 Everton (09/02) Fulham 1-2 Chelsea (03/03)
             Everton 0-2 Manchester City (06/02)              Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur (27/02)    

    Prediction

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    It is likely to be a tight affair at Goodison Park, with both sides desperate for three points. Everton are aiming to close the gap between them and the European spots, while Chelsea are hoping to stay in the race for Champions League football next season.

    Whether the Blues’ 3,000-mile round trip will affect their performance is hard to determine, and though their results following European away trips have faltered, they are in high spirits after an emphatic win. Chelsea look to be the favourites for this one, and look likely to scrape a win.

    Prediction: Everton 1-2 Chelsea

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    Europa League Quarter Final Draw: Last 8 Clubs Learn Fate as ‘Road to Baku’ Continues

    The quarter final draw for the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League has been made, as well as the draw for the last four further down the line as teams begin to eye the famous trophy.

    Automatic entry to the 2019/20 Champions League group stage remains on offer to the winner.

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    Arsenal overturned an aggregate deficit against Rennes in the round of 16 and will have to get the better of Napoli in the quarter finals to keep progressing in the competition.

    Chelsea, who made shorter work of the last 16 than their Premier League neighbours after thrashing Dynamo Kyiv 8-0 on aggregate, have now been paired with Slavia Prague, who shocked five-time winners Sevilla in the last 16 to reach this stage.

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    2018/19 UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Draw:

    Napoli vs​ Arsenal
    Villarreal ​vs Valencia
    Benfica ​vs Eintracht Frankfurt
    Slavia Prague ​vs Chelsea

    First legs will be played on Thursday 11th April, with the return legs a week later on 18th April.

    UEFA have also drawn the semi final pairings for later in the competition.

    2018/19 UEFA Europa League Semi Final Draw:

    Napoli/Arsenal vs​ Villarreal/Valencia
    Benfica/Eintracht Frankfurt ​vs Slavia Prague/Chelsea

    The winner of semi final two, contested by the winners of Benfica/Eintracht Frankfurt and Slavia Prague/Chelsea, will be the designated ‘home’ team for the final, scheduled for Wednesday 29th May at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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    Bayern Munich to Refocus on Callum Hudson-Odoi Signing as Part of £300m Summer Overhaul

    Much has been made of a potential squad overhaul at Bayern Munich this summer, and reports have emerged claiming they are prepared to spend as much as £300m on signings to re-build.

    The Bavarians lost 3-1 to Liverpool on home turf on Wednesday, crashing out of the Champions League at the round of 16, and there has been speculation the defeat marked the end of an era, with ageing stars Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery set to depart in the months to come. 

    Robert Lewandowski,Arjen Robben,Franck Ribery

    Despite it all being to play for in the ​Bundesliga, coach Niko Kovac is reportedly keen to revamp his squad, and ​The Sun say a £300m will be available to that end, in addition to any supplementary funds raised from player sales.

    ​Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, it seems, remains the primary target, with the winger potentially still being seen as the heir to one of Robben or Ribery despite ​Bayern’s failure to complete a £40m move in January. 

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    To no avail, the 18-year-old ​handed in a transfer request to attempt to force through a move to the Bundesliga champions, and with his contract expiring at the end of next season, the Blues may not be keen to risk him running that down. 

    Bayern have already announced a £31m move for Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard, and while any other deals are anyone’s guess at this stage, there have also been links with Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt. 

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    Saving some face with a Bundesliga trophy will be the priority for now, however, as Kovac’s side host Mainz on Sunday looking to put some distance between themselves and Dortmund, who previously held a commanding lead at the head of the division. 

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