Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs. Chelsea Champions League preview
In a total of 16 fixtures against English opponents, Bayer 04 Leverkusen have won two, with ten ending in defeat; at home their record is W2 D2 L4.
Chelsea have only lost three of their 12 European games against Bundesliga opponents, winning seven; in Germany their record reads W1 D1 L3.
Ballack is in his second spell with Leverkusen, returning there in summer 2010 after four seasons at Chelsea following his 2006 move from Bayern. He won three FA Cups with the London club, the last in 2010 to complete a double with the Premier League, and in 2008 scored their first goal in the shoot-out to decide the UEFA Champions League final with Manchester United. The scores were tied at 1-1 after extra time with United winning 6-5 on penalties.
Fernando Torres scored the winner for Spain in the UEFA EURO 2008 final in Vienna against a Germany side containing Ballack. In the quarter-finals Ballack and Simon Rolfes were involved as Germany won 3-2 against a Portugal team that included José Bosingwa and Paulo Ferreira, Ballack getting Germany’s third goal.
Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ashley Cole all played for England against Germany in the last 16 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Stefan Kiessling was an 83rd-minute substitute for Germany, who prevailed 4-1.
When England played Germany at Wembley in August 2007, Gonzalo Castro and Rolfes were substitutes for the visitors, who won 2-1. Lampard scored the game’s opening goal while Terry also featured for England.
Torres’ Spain team were 2-1 winners against a Czech Republic team including Michal Kadlec and Petr Čech in a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier in Granada on 25 March.
Florent Malouda’s France won 1-0 in a 9 February friendly against the Brazil of David Luiz and Renato Augusto in Paris.
In June Tranquillo Barnetta and Eren Derdiyok were in the Switzerland team that drew 2-2 at Wembley against an England side including Cole, Terry and Lampard; Barnetta scored both the visitors’ goals