Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien says playing against Napoli in 2012 remains his most memorable UEFA Champions League game.
The ex-Ghana international was part of the Chelsea team that eliminated Napoli in the semi-finals to reach the finals of the competition for the second time in the Club’s history eventually winning the ultimate.
Chelsea overturned a 3-1 defeat in the first leg in Italy to clinch a 4-1 win in the reverse encounter in London to book a place in the finals where they defeated Bayern Munich on penalties to win the European competition for the first time.
The game however remains Essien’s most memorable Champions League match.
“I have played a lot of Champions League games but I will say that one that remains in my mind is in 2012 when we had to play against Napoli to get to the semis, it was a difficult game, very tough one because we lost the away game and needed to win at home,” he told CheekySport
“We needed to win 4-1 and we managed to do that and that led us to the finals and we managed to win it.”
The 35-year-old spent nine years at Chelsea before leaving the Club having joined the English giants from French Club Olympique Lyon.
By Frank Darkwah