Chelsea’s social media team was aware of the situation. The Blues are returning to San Siro for the first time since 2010, but their previous visit was in 1999 for a game against AC Milan.
Even younger fans will remember the game, which featured one of the club’s most famous goals and, in retrospect, one of the most common chants.
Chelsea fans erupted as Dennis Wise was sent through on goal, scoring with a brilliant finish with less than 15 minutes remaining, and they haven’t stopped talking about it.
Blues fans always sing about that moment, whether from the away end at Turf Moor or, more appropriately, from the Shed End in a Champions League game, and now, on the day of a huge test and a brilliant away occasion in Europe, the world is reminded of Wise’s finish.
As fans travel to Italy ahead of the game, hoping to take advantage of one of the best away days this season, they have been taking in the sights of the Milan Cathedral and consuming as many Peroni or Birra Moretti as they can.
They’re also dropping reminders of the past to their hosts along the way.
Wises’ name has been sung repeatedly alongside chants for Mateo Kovacic, who is returning to his former stadium after playing for Inter Milan between 2013 and 2015.
Chelsea fans singing Mateo Kovacic’s chant in the streets of Milan! 🔵🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/NT2ycd0ToY— Talk Chelsea (@talkchelsea) October 11, 2022
Following on from Chelsea’s video of the Wise goal, captioned: “You know the words!,” Chelsea fans are letting their feelings be known, singing the lyrics: “Oh Dennis Wise, he scored a * great goal, in San Siro, with 10 minutes to go.”
Furthermore, passengers on a specific flight out to Milan will have received a pleasant surprise as they exit Gatwick Airport.
The announcement system said, “With myself being a big Chelsea fan I’d like to say ‘up the Chels’.” as they were being directed to their boarding gate.
Following a 3-0 victory over the Italians at Stamford Bridge last week, followed by a resounding victory over Wolves three days later, the mood heading into the massive fixture is much better than it was several weeks ago, when the club was left with just one point from two group matches, staring down the barrel of group stage elimination.
Graham Potter’s side now have less pressure to win at San Siro, which has been a fortress for Stefano Pioli’s men after goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Reece James, and Wesley Fofana.
With the victory at home ensuring Chelsea’s superior head-to-head going into the game, the Blues will have the upper hand over their opponents if they can draw the away match tonight.
If that is the case, Milan would have to outperform Chelsea in terms of points because European group stages favor head-to-head rather than goal difference.
Chelsea will be well-positioned if they can channel Wise’s abilities and memories from his time at San Siro.
Chelsea fans will relish what happened at Gatwick Airport ahead of their Champions League match against AC Milan