Chelsea v Barcelona 2005

Tuesday 8th March 2005, Chelsea v Barcelona at Stamford Bridge – Jose Mourinho faces off against the club he left five years earlier, a club he knows inside and out, a club he felt rejected by, a club playing a style of football he no longer believes in.

In this episode Marcus Speller and Jonathan Wilson are joined by John Brewin (Guardian) to discuss the 2005 Champions League last 16 second leg between Chelsea and Barcelona – a match that saw the London club playing some of the most exciting football of the whole of Mourinho's career and resulted in his beating his old club playing his own brand of football.

This new six-part football series explores how the evolution of today’s beautiful game began at Barcelona 25 years ago with the pioneering ideas of Johan Cruyff and was then taken on by the likes of Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.

Essential listening for anyone who loves football – past, present and future!

Over six episodes, Guardian football correspondent Jonathan Wilson and the Football Ramble’s Marcus Speller, along with a panel of experts, take an in depth look at six incredible matches that changed football and helped to define this footballing evolution, from Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona to Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid, Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

The series coincides with the release of The Barcelona Legacy – a book written by Jonathan Wilson – out this month in hardback, eBook and audiobook.

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