Chelsea welcome Eintracht Frankfurt in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League semi-final on Thursday and do so with the advantage of an away goal from the first leg.
With Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur firing on all fronts in the UEFA Champions League, Chelsea will be hoping to continue that run of progression, with Arsenal also playing for a spot in the final.
Despite the 1-1 draw in Germany, Maurizio Sarri’s side will have to make the job professional if they want to make it to this season’s final.
The previous leg showed Eintracht Frankfurt’s qualities, but with a place in next season’s UEFA Champions league booked, The Blues can place all eyes on Thursday night.
Ahead of the second leg, we have looked at the last three home results against German opposition in all competitions.
Chelsea 1-1 Schalke, 2014/2015 UEFA Champions League Group Stages
In Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League group stage curtain raiser, Jose Mourinho’s side were coming into the game off the back of four consecutive victories in all competitions.
It was a special night for Cesc Fabregas as he scored his first goal for the club since he joined from Barcelona at the start of the season. Eden Hazard grabbed the assist as he slipped Fabregas through for the opening goal of the game in the 11th minute.
However, with just under 20 minutes of the second half gone, Klaas Jan-Huntelaar capitalised on a Schalke counter-attack and scored a deserved equaliser.
Chelsea 3-0 Schalke, 2013/2014 UEFA Champions League Group Stages
In the previous season, the result was on the brighter side for The Blues as they took control of Group E at the time.
In an extraordinary moment, Samuel Eto’o charged down Schalke’s goalkeeper, Timo Hildebrand, who was preparing to kick downfield. Eto’o was subsequently gifted the opening goal with half an hour gone.
The former Blues forward was on the scoresheet again as Willian’s pass allowed Eto’o to grab his second.
Another former Chelsea forward, Demba Ba, finished the night with a neat volley on the turn with less than 10 minutes left.
Chelsea 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League Group Stages
Although things did not go to plan for Andre Villas-Boas in the long run at Stamford Bridge, his Blues UEFA Champions League campaign got off to a good start.
There was a warm reception for Michael Ballack as he played against The Blues for the first time since his departure at the end of the 2009/2010 season.
The game was initially anybody’s for the taking as both sides had goals disallowed early on. It took a while, but David Luiz drew first blood for Chelsea with a brilliant curling effort from the edge of the box with 67 minutes on the clock.
Former Blue Juan Mata then finished Bayer Leverkusen off when he tucked his effort home.
Despite the victory, results in all competitions did not go to plan and Villas-Boas was subsequently sacked later on in the campaign.
That left Roberto Di Matteo to pick up the pieces and lift the holy grail of the UEFA Champions League in May for the first time in the club’s history.
By Darion Westwood