Nine of the best Champions League away displays from English sides

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Chelsea grabbed an eye-catching win at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday night – which got us thinking about previous Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Leeds United victories…

Atletico had lost just once in their last 23 Champions League fixtures at home before the visit of Chelsea, who stole all three points thanks to Michy Batshuayi’s 94th-minute winner.

The result leaves Chelsea in pole position to finish top of a difficult-looking Group C, which also features Serie A outfit Roma.

And we’ve looked back at nine more impressive performances from English teams away from home soil *in the Champions League.

Roma 0-2 Manchester City, 2014

Manchester City have had a strained relationship with the Champions League to say the least. Now in their seventh season in the competition, they have gone beyond the round of 16 only once, and were knocked out in the group stage at their first two attempts.

They appeared to be staring down the barrel of group stage elimination in 2014-15 having collected only two points from their opening four fixtures, meaning they needed to win in Roma to pip the hosts to second place in Group E.

City traveled to Rome missing the spine of their team in Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero, while David Silva was only on the bench. And yet Mauricio Pellegrini’s men produced the perfect away performance, snatching a 2-0 victory thanks to second-half goals from Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko.

Real Madrid 0-1 Arsenal, 2006

Winning 5-1 in the San Siro certainly deserves a mention, but that featured the Invincibles beating an Inter side which failed to make it out of a group also containing Lokomotiv Moscow and Dynamo Kiev. Instead, we’ve plumped for the Gunners’ 1-0 victory in the Bernabeu.

To put the win into context, Arsenal were forced to deploy a back four of Emmanuel Eboue, Kolo Toure, Philippe Senderos and Mathieu Flamini against a Real Madrid attack which featured David Beckham, Guti, Zinedine Zidane, Robinho, Ronaldo and substitute Raul.

In the midst of a 10-game run without conceding a goal, Arsenal’s makeshift defence held firm, and Thierry Henry stole the night with a goal which reminds you just how scarily good the Frenchman was.

AC Milan 0-1 Tottenham, 2011

Tottenham‘s Champions League campaign under Harry Redknapp will always be remembered for the San Siro. It was against Inter when Gareth Bale announced himself as a world class talent by tormenting Maicon with his sensational hat-trick, but Spurs still lost that game 4-3.

But when they returned to the same ground in the round of 16, Spurs instead managed to keep things tight thanks to some excellent goalkeeping from Huerelho Gomes, before winning the tie as Peter Crouch finished off a swift counter-attack in the 80th minute.

Plus, Joe Jordan went toe-to-toe, or rather head-to-head, with Gennaro Gattuso. We absolutely loved that Tottenham side.

Six years ago today, Gennaro Gattuso danced with the devil.

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Anderlecht 1-4 Leeds United, 2001

Leeds’ sole Champions League campaign brought about some remarkable results: thrashing Besiktas 6-0, beating AC Milan at home and drawing at the San Siro, holding Barcelona to a draw, winning at Lazio, beating Spanish champions Deportivo 3-0.

Given those fixtures, Anderlecht may not seem like the most illustrious opponents to select, but the Belgian outfit had won their past nine European ties at home. Even The Guardian could not help but gush that the win was “one of the finest results achieved by an English club on foreign soil”.

Leeds also managed to score a goal so fine it still makes our Rob want to cry.

Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea, 2012

Chelsea‘s Champions League’s hopes appeared over as this game entered stoppage time at the end of the first half. Within two minutes of Sergio Busquets drawing Barcelona level on aggregate, John Terry had mindlessly got himself sent off in a moment of utter madness. Six minutes later, Andres Iniesta doubled the hosts’ lead.

Just as we can’t emphasise quite how stupid Terry was, we simply can’t do Ramires’ nonchalant chip justice. Chelsea were back level on aggregate with a crucial away goal, and the Blues then showed remarkable resilience to keep Lionel Messi and co at bay.

We all know what happened next, as Fernando Torres made Gary Neville become the first broadcaster to have an orgasm live in the commentary box.

Juventus 2-3 Manchester United, 1999

Manchester United became the first English club to reach the European Cup final in 14 years by coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in Turin, but it was the performance of their skipper which still gets spoken about to this day.

Roy Keane’s booking meant the midfielder would miss the final, but the Irishman almost single-handedly dragged United into the final with a sublime individual display which included scoring the visitors’ first goal.

“It was the most emphatic display of selflessness I have seen on a football field,” Sir Alex Ferguson later commented. “Pounding over every blade of grass, competing as if he would rather die of exhaustion than lose, he inspired all around him. I felt it was an honour to be associated with such a player.”

Bayern Munich 1-2 Manchester United, 1999

“Football, bloody hell.”

Ferguson may not have been as eloquent talking about United’s final victory at the Camp Nou as he was about Keane, but why say a 1,000 words when you only need three?

United under Fergie became renowned for their dramatic late escapes, and this was the greatest, as goals in the 91st and 92rd minute from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw the Red Devils snatch the Champions League from Bayern Munich’s grasp.

AC Milan 3-3 Liverpool, 2005

You might have heard about this one. If you’re going to win your fifth European Cup, do it like this.

Just a reminder, Liverpool were 3-0 down at half-time to *this* AC Milan side: Dida, Cafu, Nesta, Stam, Maldini, Pirlo, Gattuso, Seedorf, Kaka, Shevchenko, Crespo. That is a frankly outrageous collection of talent.

But Carlo Ancelotti’s men couldn’t account for Didi Hamann replacing Steve Finnan at half-time, the desire of Steven Gerrard, or Jerzy Dudek’s jelly legs as Liverpool somehow won the most thrilling Champions League final of all time.

Bayern Munich 1-1 Chelsea, 2012

If you’ve been keeping up at the back, you’ll already remember that John Terry was suspended for this one. It’s also worth remembering that Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles and Ramires were also unavailable for the final, which was played in Bayern Munich’s backyard, meaning Ryan Bertrand made his Champions League debut by starting out of position on the left wing.

Chelsea showed the same resilience as they had at Camp Nou, but they appeared to be finally broken by Thomas Muller’s 83rd minute goal. Didier Drogba had other ideas, equalising with a thunderous header before converting the winning penalty with ludicrous confidence.

Frank Lampard’s celebration remains one of our favourite ever videos – forget the team-mates, I’m going straight to the fans.


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