Chelsea fans gathered at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night for a Legends match against Bayern Munich to honor the late Gianluca Vialli. The match was organized to raise funds for the Chelsea Foundation and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. John Terry, Gianfranco Zola, Michael Essien, Claude Makelele, and other legends of Chelsea took to the field, with Roberto Di Matteo managing the team.
Tifo and Tributes
The Chelsea fans displayed a massive banner in tribute to Gianluca Vialli during the match. The banner featured the Italian flag and a large image of Vialli, with the words "When his goals light the sky, there's a tear in my eye." Chants of "Vialli, Vialli" echoed throughout the stadium, and the crowd broke into a minute's applause after Nessun Dorma played.
A Touching Goal Celebrated
During the match, John Terry, serving as captain, scored a surprise goal in the 26th minute, wearing the number that Vialli once wore. After the goal, Terry pointed two fingers to the sky in honor of Vialli, who had played a significant role in his career. Terry had earlier revealed that he used to run a bath and fetch coffee for Vialli when they were teammates.
Overall, the Legends match was a touching tribute to the beloved Italian player-manager, with Chelsea fans and legends coming together to celebrate his legacy and contribute to important causes.