Many Chelsea fans insist the most important goal scored in Chelsea’s history was Didier Drogba’s header to level the scores late in the game in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in 2012.
However, Steve Holland, who has been Chelsea’s assistant manager since 2011 until he finally left at the end of the just concluded season believes Ramires goal in the Champions League semi-final 2nd leg against Barcelona in Camp Nou is the most important goal ever scored in Chelsea’s history.
Chelsea had won the first leg 1-0 at Stamford Bridge but at Camp Nou for the 2nd leg, the Blues were in danger of a semifinal exit after goals from Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta put Barca ahead either side of Terry’s red card.
However, just before halftime, Ramires scored which meant Barcelona needed to score two more goals. Fernando Torres then scored late in the game to seal the tie.
“The Ramires goal just before half-time was in my opinion the most important goal ever scored in Chelsea history because it meant in the second half we did not have to score,” Holland told Chelsea’s official website.
“We could try to defend which was difficult but possible. If in the second half we had needed to open up and push players forward to get the goal it would have left space and ensured we conceded again, and then we’d have been in real trouble. So at half-time we went from 4-4-1, which had been our formation after the sending-off, to 4-5-0, playing without a forward. Drogba played on the left and ended up more or less as a left-back.
“It meant we did not get out of our half for 45 minutes. It was the longest 45 minutes of all of our lives. My neck was fixed on our penalty area because the ball never left it, the only time it did was when Ashley Cole with his right foot hoofed a clearance 60 metres down the pitch and all I remember is this white and yellow flash and suddenly realising there is nobody near him, and then it was, ‘Jesus! Fernando Torres only has the goalkeeper to beat’.
“On reflection, having to play with 10 men, the players were dead at the end having given everything, and if we had played those players at Arsenal, for sure we would not have won the Barcelona tie.”