Was it Napoli? Yeah, it was probably the second leg against Napoli.
It certainly wasn’t West Brom. No, the match that brought a preemptive conclusion to Andre Villas-Boas’ infamous ‘project’ was definitely not the match where it was illuminated that Chelsea just might do something special in the 2011-2012 season.
That day, an 82nd minute Gareth McAuley strike at the Hawthorns gave the Baggies a 1-0 victory and consigned the abject Blues to their seventh league defeat of the season and the sharply-dressed AVB to days spent trolling ‘help wanted’ ads hoping to find an employer in search of a high defensive line and three-day stubble. To be blunt: on 3rd March, 2012, Chelsea did not seem capable of eliminating Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona – the team that many consider to be the greatest the sport has ever seen – from the Champions League.
On 14th March, 2012, the mood changed…
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