As the 2012-13 season draws to a close in many domestic campaigns around the world, we've reached the stage where trophies are doled out, awards are won and tension at times rises to almost unbearable levels.
The two sides contested the 2012-13 final in Amsterdam on Wednesday, and just as it looked as though they were headed to extra time, Branislav Ivanovic popped up with a well-placed header to deliver the trophy to the Premier League side.
For a natural goalscorer, it was the perfect way to seek vindication against vicious doubt and criticism. When Chelsea launched a rare attack against Benfica one hour into the Europa League final, there was no better man than FernandoTorres to finish it.
Benfica may not bring the same skill to the pitch that Chelsea does, but this team has taken down some talented teams in the Europa League, and with a sound match they can make Chelsea their latest victims.
Chelsea and Benfica met in last year’s Champions League quarterfinals.