When Chelsea's Didier Drogba placed the last penalty kick beyond the reach of Germany and Bayern Munich goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer in the 2012 Champions League final, like other past winner, the Blues players were rewarded with a giant trophy.
Two basic things have not changed about the club's approach and philosophy since that day in Munich - is the fact that Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich is still bankrolling the club and wouldn't stop hiring coaches at will.
That impressive vigor under the managerial tutelage of Italian tactician Di Matteo was the club second appearances in the Champions League grand finale, having preciously lost to Manchester United at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, during the 2008/07 season.
For a club that have spent more than £1billion in transfer since June 2003, when the Russian oligarchy secured ownership of the club from Ken Bates, who went on to buy Leeds United - one Champions League trophy in 18 years is not what you do expect.
Chelsea are currently enjoying life under the management of Thomas Tuchel, with some Impressive performances against Athletico Madrid at the round of sixteen, however, some bizzare performances led to a 5-2 whitewash against West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday. This lesson has offered the entire team a kind of a reality check.
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Although, Oliver Giroud is perhaps the most prolific Chelsea player in Europe over the past three seasons. At the age of 35, there are still plenty of goals and a lots of qualities in the lanky sriker. The former Montpeliers forward has scored 6 goals in 5 Champions League game this season, and the French-man would be hoping to show his class again FC Porto.
In front of Senegal 28-years-old goalkeeper, Eduard Mendy are Cesar Apzilicueta, Thiago Silva and Anthony Rudiger - who formed the cure sphere of the Chelsea defensive unit. Mason Mount, who has established himself since breaking into the first team, is showing a glips of class and have come of age for the Londoners.
The energy and grits of the team is provided in large part by Ngolo Kante, a player that is well known across Europe for his tiredness pace, tackles and energy. The same applies to Matteo Kovacic, who is having a rejuvenated season under the new coaching staff.
Although he has won the competition while playing for Real Madrid, but if the Croatian can power the London club to another Champions League trophy win.
To do so, Tuchel's men are having to navigate a quarter and semi final path that consist the likes of Porto, and one of either Real Madrid or Liverpool.
Anyways, playing against the Portuguese side in Seville might not bring the same emotions as playing at home, but Chelsea might want to take a clue from their previous outing where Sevilla was humiliated at the same stadia.
Meanwhile, with just four fixtures away from the final game, Thomas Tuchel and his gallant army could finally ends the club 9 years wait of winning the most important trophy in club football.
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