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Recalling the Wayne Bridge goal that kicked off Chelsea’s glory years

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On 6 April 2004, Chelsea were desperately seeking to make a statement of intent in their Champions League quarter-final second-leg against London rivals Arsenal to validate their newly-established trophy-winning credentials.

Following the takeover of Russian billionaire oligarch Roman Abramovich in the summer of 2003, the Blues possessed massive reserves of wealth and were able to splurge over £100 million on their squad, bringing in star names such as Hernan Crespo, Claude Makelele and Juan Sebastian Veron.

There was just one enormous elephant in the room ahead of their trip to Highbury: Chelsea had not beaten Arsenal in their last 17 encounters in all competitions.

Read the full article on Bridge’s brilliant goal and its ramifications here.

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