How have Chelsea behaved on their previous trips to Russia?
As Chelsea prepare for Wednesday’s Champions League game against Zenit St. Petersburg, Sports Mole takes a look at how the Blues fared on their previous trips to Russia.
Chelsea have spilled over in recent times, scoring just four points in the Premier League games against Manchester United, Watford and West Ham United respectively.
However, after beating Juventus in the game leading up to this race, Thomas tuchelThe team will end up winning their Champions League group if they can overcome Zenit St. Petersburg Wednesday night.
The Blues will play their sixth competitive game in Russia, one of those previous occasions ending in a famous penalty shootout loss to Manchester United in that competition’s final in 2008.
Aside from this all-English clash, Chelsea have faced Russian opposition four times away, and Sporty Taupe take a look at each of these devices here.
CSKA MOSCOW (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2004-05)
Chelsea were drawn in a squad alongside Paris Saint-Germain, Porto and CSKA Moscow in 2004-05, and maximum points and eight goals were recorded in the first half of their squad schedule H.
The visit to the Russian capital turned out to be less easy, Jose mourinhothe team must rely on an effort in the 24th minute of Arjen robben claim the three points.
It was also the Dutch international’s first goal for Chelsea, and the West Londoners would end up finishing five points clear at the top of the group.
Two years after the heartbreak of United’s defeat, Chelsea returned to Luzhniki Stadium to face Spartak Moscow.
The Premier League giants had already passed Zilina and Marseille, but they faced a side from Spartak who also scored maximum points in their first brace.
Goals in the first half of Yuri Zhirkov and Nicolas anelka won a 2-0 victory, and the match is also notable for Josh McEachran and Gael Kakuta be assigned replacement exits by the manager Carlo Ancelotti.
RUBIN KAZAN (2012-13 EUROPA LEAGUE)
After establishing a 3-1 lead in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea made the trip to Rubin Kazan in hopes of advancing to the semi-finals of the Europa League.
To some extent they did just that, Fernando Torres and Victor Moses get on the scoresheet to give Chelsea a 5-2 overall advantage with 30 minutes left.
However, Rubin rallied in that closing period, coming close to two goals in the most unlikely turnaround with 15 minutes remaining, but a 3-2 triumph on the night was not enough to stop Chelsea, the future winners of the competition, to progress. .
FC KRASNODAR (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2020-21)
Having recorded just a goalless draw against Sevilla on Matchday 1, Chelsea were under pressure to deliver all three points on their trip to Krasnodar in October 2020.
With the game in balance until the last 15 minutes, Chelsea scored three times to eventually win 4-0, keeping them on track to progress as undefeated group winners.
As on his previous trips to Russia, a Chelsea player took the opportunity to score his first goal for the club, Hakim Ziyech striving to add to the strikes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo werner and Christian Pulisic.