Drogba was the star in a sad night for Barcelona
In fact, nobody at Stamford Bridge would have given much hope for the Blues after a first half that saw the orange tide of Barcelona rising up and argentine Lionel Messi in particular stretching the home defence to its limits. Even the booming pre-match club anthem and Chelsea flags laid on every seat which, unfurled, may have reminded Roman Abramovich of a rally from the good old days of the Soviet Union, had little influence. What mattered was the Mourinho effect.
It's fair to say that the force of Xavi, Deco, Messi and, although peripheral, Ronaldinho threatened to swallow Chelsea, instead the great blue machine chewed them up instead. Chelsea came out after the interval to score through Drogba, a goal that stands comparison with his winner against Liverpool in September and then they gave hope to the rest of Europe by containing the world's most extravagantly gifted club side.
They ended Barcelona's unbeaten record this season and the score in Champions League encounters between Mourinho and Frank Rijkaard over the last three seasons now stands at two wins each and one draw.