Mircea Lucescu, the manager of Chelsea’s Champions League opponents Shakhtar Donetsk, has travelled to Stamford Bridge in search of another rare victory at the home of the holders of the competition, according to the
Indeed, Lucescu was the manager of the last side to beat Chelsea in the Champions League on their own ground when he led Turkish outfit Besiktas to victory at the Bridge in 2003. Besiktas ran out 2-0 winners in October of that year, almost a decade ago, thanks to a brace of goals from Sergen Yalcin. Besiktas held on to the lead even after going down to 10 men five minutes into the second-half, when Ilhan Mansiz was sent off after receiving a second yellow card.
Chelsea were managed then by Claudio Ranieri and still topped Group G, qualifying alongside Sparta Prague as Besiktas finished third, with Serie A side Lazio bottom of the table. Chelsea reached the semi-finals of the tournament that year, knocking out German club Stuttgart and Premier League rivals Arsenal along the way, falling eventually to Monaco who then finished as runners-up to Porto and Jose Mourinho, who subsequently became Chelsea manager.
Lucescu said: “That was a very good Chelsea team under Ranieri, with good players but Besiktas came here to play our game – and we succeeded. That was not the only time I have beaten an English side. When I was with Galatasaray I beat Liverpool, and Shakhtar have beaten Tottenham, Fulham and Arsenal in the last few years.”
There are two Chelsea players who featured in the defeat to Besiktas still at the club, John Terry, who could play against Shakhtar, and Frank Lampard, who will miss out through injury.
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