Champions League semi final first leg, April 18 2012
Three years after Barcelona beat Chelsea in a controversial Champions League semi final, the two teams reconvened at the same stage in 2011/12. Chelsea had started that season under André Villas-Boas, but he had been replaced by Roberto Di Matteo by the time they reached the latter stages of the competition. Still at the club as assistant manager, however, was Steve Holland.
Speaking exclusively to The Coaches' Voice, Holland – who has since worked alongside Gareth Southgate with England – revisits the first leg of what became an iconic Champions League triumph against a team then coached by Pep Guardiola. He provides insights into the team selection and tactics Chelsea employed to limit the attacking influence of Lionel Messi, while also hoping to get the most of their own front three. Chelsea secured a 1-0 victory that gave them something to defend in a dramatic second leg at the Camp Nou six days later.
Author: Tony Hodson