We celebrate a full decade since that magical night in which Andres Iniesta scored the semifinal equalizer vs Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
There are two moments worth remembering in Andres Iniesta’s brilliant career as a footballer, one of them took place at Stamford Bridge exactly 10 years ago.
FC Barcelona was trying to finish a perfect season under newbie manager Pep Guardiola, they had to beat Chelsea FC in the Champions League semifinals in order to do so.
The initial home match at Camp Nou ended with a goalless draw, everything would be decided in the return leg at the Bridge.
This FC Barcelona side had its most challenging task against the Blues, they actually came very close to losing the series due to a spectacular goal scored by Michael Essien.
But the Catalan club was enjoying that very familiar “Champions’ Luck” that tends to take over a squad during a specific season.
Tensions were extremely high at Stamford Bridge for this match, the Blues were being managed by interim Guus Hiddink until the end of the season.
The Catalan club was in full power except for Andres Iniesta, who was actually going through some muscular problems but he didn’t want to miss this unique opportunity to help out his teammates.
Reaching this Champions League final was almost imperative in order to kick-start this Golden Generation.
10 años después, sin palabras.
Qué momento!!! 🔴🔵
10 years after, without words.
What a moment!!! 🔴🔵 pic.twitter.com/eHi4TQ9MPb
— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) May 6, 2019
The build-up to the semifinals.
FC Barcelona was coming from a dominating quarterfinal victory against Bayern Munich, one in which they won with a 5-1 aggregate.
Initially, the Catalan club won the first leg with a convincing 4-0 win and then went back to Allianz Arena to get a final 1-1 result.
Chelsea was coming from a thrilling quarterfinal match against Liverpool in which they won with an incredible 7-5 aggregate.
These were still the days in which English football was stronger than ever, the Blues were trying to get into their second consecutive final but they had to eliminate Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona.
After the initial 0-0 draw at Camp Nou, the expectation for what Chelsea could accomplish at their own stadium was huge.
The Blues were actually one of the most competitive clubs in the world at that moment, Barcelona was going to struggle too much in order to reach that final.
Guus Hiddink’s contribution to the squad was refreshing for all the Chelsea players at the moment, they had a good claim to possibly win the series in front of their own crowd.
But they weren’t counting on bad luck, and that beautiful strike from Andres Iniesta.
Michael Essien wonder goal vs Barcelona in 2009. pic.twitter.com/7n9fFUwNKq
— Football Great Goals (@footygreatgoals) March 25, 2019
The match as it developed.
Chelsea had control of the game despite not having ball possession, that was all Barcelona’s after Pep Guardiola’s influence became the norm.
The Catalan club was playing the best football they ever played, even better than how they performed during the Johan Cruyff era.
The Spanish giants had players like Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, or Xavi Hernandez.
The Argentine player was very closely marked throughout the whole match, this left Iniesta with a little more space to maneuver.
However, Chelsea were the ones who drew first-blood at Stamford Bridge.
They did it through Michael Essien’s incredible strike from outside the box, this goal gave the Blues an advantage but just one goal gave Barcelona the ticket to the final.
The key moment came during the final minutes of the match, Lionel Messi saw an opening and he served the ball to Andres Iniesta in the outskirts of the box.
The Spanish midfielder released an unstoppable shot that gave Barcelona the opportunity to play the final in Rome.
This match also had some controversy as Barcelona got a few calls in their favor, all the Chelsea players were outraged after losing in such fashion.
But destiny wanted the Catalan club to win the Treble, it’s been 10 years since that happened.
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 6, 2019
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