Chelsea Legends secured a commanding 4-0 victory over Bayern Munich legends at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night, with goals courtesy of Michael Essien, John Terry, Gary Cahill, and Tiago.
The Blues fielded a formidable lineup, featuring several Premier League legends such as Petr Cech, Terry, Cahill, Jon Obi Mikel, and Michael Essien.
Gianfranco Zola, although named as a substitute, displayed his enduring skills with a sublime assist.
This match was a tribute to the late Gianluca Vialli, with the Blues’ team paying homage by posing alongside his iconic number nine shirt before kick-off.
The return of many familiar faces to Chelsea was met with warm welcomes from the sold-out Stamford Bridge, where fans joyfully welcomed their beloved icons back onto the pitch.
Michael Essien got the Blues off to a flying start as he met a cross from Ramires with a well-placed header, demonstrating that the midfielder, affectionately called ‘The Bison’ by Blues fans, still possessed a keen eye for goal.
Captain John Terry marked his return to Stamford Bridge in style, amid rumors of a potential move to Saudi Arabia for his first managerial role. The defender skillfully evaded Bayern Munich players and combined effectively with Florent Malouda. Malouda found Terry, who calmly slotted the ball home and then pointed to the sky in celebration, marking his unofficial 68th goal for the club. Significantly, the goal came in the 26th minute, the same number Terry wore throughout his illustrious Chelsea career.
The Blues headed into halftime with a comfortable lead, unaware that Terry’s defensive partner, Gary Cahill, would soon delight them with another goal. Stamford Bridge had witnessed their defensive duo scoring together frequently during their time at the club, so it was no surprise that they combined effectively once again.
Claude Makelele, coming off the bench, executed a trademark ball-winning move before finding Zola out wide. The Italian orchestrated a one-two with Cahill around the hour mark before lofting the ball into Cahill’s path. Cahill, making a Terry-like run into the box, latched onto it, and the ball eventually fell to Tiago, who selflessly set up Cahill, igniting celebrations at Stamford Bridge.
To conclude the scoring, it was playmaker Tiago who capitalized on an Essien’s one-touch pass, running onto the ball and delicately chipping it over the goalkeeper from just six yards out.
This charity event brought smiles to the faces of Blues fans at Stamford Bridge, offering a welcome respite after a challenging start to the Premier League season.