There were clear winners in the first legs of the current quarter-finals Champions League. Both clear wins by three goals Manchester City to the Bayern Monacofor two goals by real Madrid to the Chelsea he was born in Inter in Milan TO Benfica They make believe that the series are practically closed. However, the history of the Champions League goes back – many cases in recent years – to warn these teams with initially unthinkable comebacks but which broke all logic in the return matches, due to their status as favorites which kept the teams which ended up being eliminated.
The only key that remains outside these cases is that of Milan-Naplesin which the club that idolizes Maradona will try to overturn the 0-1 of the first leg.
In the case of Chelsea and Bayern Munich, each must try to overturn history by doing it as a local, inside Stamford Bridge AND Allianz Arena, respectively. Meanwhile, Benfica will try to go for the epic in Joseph Half. Thus, the file revealed those returns that occurred as both a local and a visitor.
Starting this Tuesday at 16:00 (Argentina time), the English club -with Enzo Fernández in midfield – his dream will begin, while the duel between the blues will take place in parallel. On Wednesday he will have the scorer defense of those led by Pep Guardiola and that of the team Lautaro Martinez.
The historic comebacks of the teams at home
The first example on the list is, at least, one of the most unexpected in recent times. Is that the most unpredictable return was obtained from Barcelona against Paris Saint Germain in the round of 16 of the 2016-17 season. The Catalan team relaunched a 4-0 first leg with a 6-1 second leg. Sergi Roberto’s 95th-minute goal unleashed the Camp Nou madness and completed the saga for Luis Enrique’s group, who were forced to win by a five-point margin from Edinson Cavani’s 62nd-minute goal.
Done. In ’87 he still needed three more goals. Luis Suárez had made it 1-0 in the 3rd minute, Kurzawa had scored against it to make it 2-0 in the 40th minute and Lionel Messi had converted the penalty to make it 3-0 in the 50th minute, but then Cavani’s goal appeared, today Valencia, frustrating the Barça team, without intuiting their final rebirth, when Neymar, in 88 and 91, and Sergio Roberto, in the aforementioned 95 ‘, achieved one of the greatest companies in the Champions League.
Equally, there are multiple comebacks for more than two goals alerting Manchester City or Real Madrid that nothing was ever said. The coincidence is that as much as Barcelona celebrated it then with Paris Saint Germain, then suffered it with the Liverpoolwho they beat 3-0 in the first leg at the Camp Nou only to fall 4-0 at Anfield, in the semi-finals of the 2018-19 season.
To continue with another of the blows that Culé’s team received, we must also recall the 3-0 with which Roma also knocked out Barcelona in the 2017-18 quarter-finals in the Italian capital. The 4-1 in the first leg at the Camp Nou was a good challenge. An almost absolute guarantee for the Barça team. “Nobody believed in us,” admitted Edin Dzeko, who scored the opener. It was the first impulse. Then the 2-0 by Daniele de Rossi. And finally, in the 82nd minute, Kostas Manolas made it 3-0.
The cases are not exhausted. Nine times have a club suffered a two-goal deficit for turning on their own pitch. Another of the most recent had Diego Simeone’s Atlético de Madrid as its victim and Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus as its executioner in the 2018-19 round of 16. The 2-0 with which the rojiblancos won at the Metropolitan came to nothing in Turin, with a devastating 3-0 (CR7 hat-trick), without a single shot on goal from Atlético.
Another comeback that starred right at the Real Madrid were in the quarter-finals of 2015-16, when they beat Wolfsburg 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu, following a 2-0 defeat in Germany. Likewise, On another occasion, the Spanish club suffered a comeback with the 3-1 defeat they fell to Monaco in 2003-04, following a 4-2 draw in the first leg at home. This was the last time the most successful club in this competition was eliminated in the quarter-finals.
They have also played against Bayern Munich (3-1 and 6-1 against Porto in 2014-15); Manchester United (2-0 and 3-0 at Olympiacos in 2013-14); Barcelona on two occasions (2-0 and 4-0 against Milan in 2012-13 and 3-1 and 5-1 against Chelsea, after extra time in the second leg, in 1999-2000).
And two more Chelsea, opponent of Real Madrid and reason that allows you to get excited. The latest in 2013-14, in the quarter-finals, when they lost 3-1 against PSG at the Parc des Princes in Paris and rebelled in London, with a 2-0 which was enough to double the value of away goals there’s more. The other in 2011-12: 3-1 defeat in Naples and 4-1 victory in England.
As, warned are the City of Monaco and Real Madrid against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where they went in the second leg with a 2-0 victory in the first leg, one goal short of Pep Guardiola’s block at the Allianz Arena.
The only case that marked returns as a visitor
For Inter the condition is different in the second leg. They beat Benfica 0-2 away and are now playing at home with that advantage in their favour.Has a visiting team ever returned from that aggregate against in a Champions League tie?
Yes, just one: Manchester United against Paris Saint Germain in the 2018-19 round of 16, with the same score in the first leg, then in favor of PSG, and with a 1-3 defeat by France in the second leg. The final goal was scored by Marcus Rashford from a penalty in the closing moments as the Champions League witnessed an unpredictable night that Benfica cling to.
Nothing is ever written in a one-on-one duel and all the European sides that have to turn the tables have material to be excited about. Meanwhile Real Madrid, Manchester City and Inter have a history that prevents them from doing so.
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