Chelsea may have underperformed in the Champions League this season, but they are finding the Europa League much more to their liking, earning a place in the last eight of the competition with a deserved 3-1 defeat of a spirited Steaua Bucharest at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.
The Blues, then, still have a chance of becoming the first Champions League winners to go on to win UEFA’s secondary competition the following season.
If they could triumph in Amsterdam in May, Chelsea would also become the first English club to win all three historical UEFA trophies: the European Cup/Champions League, European Cup Winners’ Cup and the UEFA Cup/Europa League.
So, some important records are still very much up for grabs. First, though, the Blues will have to get past Rubin Kazan in the quarterfinals.
For more thoughts on that tie and the victory over Steaua, read on: