Top 5: Chelsea matches in the Roman Abramovich era

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Chelsea have had some memorable games in recent years and some of those matches have had something special about them. 

Since Roman Abramovich arrived at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have enjoyed unprecedented success.

They've won Premier Leagues, League Cups and a Champions League trophy since the Russian turned up in west London - and they've also signed some of the most famous players in the world.

Here, GMF looks at five of the best Chelsea matches since Abramovich arrived at the club ten years ago...

5. Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool (Stamford Bridge, Champions League, Quarter-Final, Second Leg)

An amazing night at Stamford Bridge ended in a draw between two massive rivals but Chelsea went through 7-5 on aggregate. After beating Liverpool at Anfield 3-1, Chelsea were favourites going into the game. 

However, goals from Xabi Alonso from the spot and a cheeky free kick from Fabio Aurelio pulled the game level on aggregate.

After the half time break, Chelsea came out positively and a Pepe Reina misjudgement, along with an unbelievable free kick from Alex, put Chelsea back in control. 

As soon as Frank Lampard hit the back of the net to make it 3-2 to Chelsea, it seemed like it was an impossible job for Liverpool to get back into the game. 

Then the real drama kicked in. Goals from Lucas and Dirk Kuyt set up a nervous end to the game. However, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard popped up with another fantastic goal to send Chelsea through and end an unbelievable night of football. 

4. Bolton 0-2 Chelsea (Reebok Stadium, Premier League)

In Mourinho's first season at Chelsea, he led his team to their first Premiership title in 50 years. What made it even more special is that the 'Special One' himself, pointed out that particular game to win the title.

The hero of the day was Frank Lampard as he scored both goals in the game, but in truth it was a real team display. The fans, the performance and the day was amazing, it is such a memorable game for the staff and fans alike.

3. Chelsea 4-2 Barcelona (Stamford Bridge, Champions League, Round of 16, Second Leg)

In the 2004-05 season, Chelsea achieved one of the most incredible performances the Champions League has ever seen. Chelsea fans could hardly believe their eyes when they saw their team go 3 goals to the good within 20 minutes courtesy of Eidur Gudjohnsen, Frank Lampard and Damien Duff. 

However, as the first leg ended in a 2-1 win to the Catalonian side, two quick fire goals from Ronaldinho would have seen them through on the away goal rule.

However, a late John Terry header sent the Blues on their way to face Liverpool. With Barcelona being the favourites to win the competition - they were shocked to go out. Another major factor in this night was the controversy that fuelled the future rivalry between the clubs - with manager Frank Rijkaard having to be restrained in the tunnel after the game. 

2. Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea (Nou Camp, Champions League, Semi-Final, Second Leg)

Barcelona have been hailed as the best team to ever grace the planet, but Chelsea overcame them on aggregate after a 1-0 victory over Barcelona at Stamford Bridge. 

No team has ever won a game in the Champions League with a lower percentage of possession than the total Chelsea achieved that day. However, they rode their luck throughout both legs of the game. 

As soon as Chelsea went 2-0 down at the Nou Camp and captain John Terry got sent off, it looked as if Barcelona would run away with the game. But against the run of play, Ramires scored a fantastic chip over Valdes.

Barcelona continued to dominate until striker Fernando Torres repaid part of his £50million price tag by bursting clear to round the goalkeeper and place the ball into the empty net. I'm not sure if any Chelsea fan can actually tell anyone about what happened after that Torres goal. Mayhem.

1. Bayern Munich 1-1 Chelsea (Allianz Arena, Champions League, Final)

Chelsea yet again started off as underdogs, as they had done in previous rounds against Napoli, Benfica and Barcelona earlier in the competition. 

It seemed like something strange was happening when Bayern Munich were wasting very good opportunities. They were the better team but the game seemed to be petering out for a draw, with penalties looking likely. Then the game changed. 

Thomas Muller broke Chelsea fans' hearts when he headed in with only 8 minutes left on the clock. It seemed like the Cinderella story was over for Chelsea. 

But with only 2 minutes left, Didier Drogba, in what turned out to be his last game in a Blues shirt, headed home a Juan Mata corner. 

With Bayern Munich still dominating the game in extra time, Chelsea were holding on for penalties. They succeeded in this and even then, Chelsea seemed to be the underdogs as they were going head to head with the Germans on penalties - history suggests this is never an easy task.

Again Chelsea fell behind when Juan Mata had his penalty saved by Manuel Neuer. However, the marvellous Petr Cech then come up trumps, saving both Ivica Olic's and Bastian Schweinsteiger's penalties. 

It was then time for the final penalty. It was left to Didier Drogba. He stepped up and sent Neuer the wrong way and ended the long wait for the Champions League trophy. It was destined to be, Chelsea won the trophy on 19/05, the 19th May, and they were founded in 1905. London's First, London's Finest.


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