European Success on and off the pitch at Chelsea

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Chelsea fans have become accustomed to their side winning trophies in recent years and, following the final outing of the 18-19 season, they would be celebrating once again. Thanks to a 4-1 victory over London rivals Arsenal in Azerbaijan, the Europa League trophy is once again positioned alongside numerous other domestic and European honours at Stamford Bridge. As with all of the successes in the Roman Abramovic era, Input Media’s production team at Chelsea TV helped ensure the Blues’ faithful had plenty of content to digest on another memorable night for the club. On this occasion, Chelsea TV delivered the channel’s first ever remote live production alongside exceptional ENG content around the competition’s showpiece occasion in Baku.

The dedicated 13-person crew included production staff, camera operators, technical personnel and talent onsite in the Azerbaijan capital, while the full programmes were produced from a live gallery back at Stamford Bridge. An SNG truck in Baku uplinked the feed before it was on-passed via Input Media LCR to the team in London who added graphics and rolled in VTs while simulcasting both to Chelsea TV and the club’s 5th Stand App.

First on the agenda was a two hour pitch side presentation in front of the Matchday -1 Chelsea training session, including coverage of manager Maurizio Sarri’s pre-match press conference. Presented by Sam Matterface, alongside regular Chelsea TV guests Pat Nevin & Jason Cundy, the programme was a huge success. They were able to provide live updates on the fitness of key midfielder N’golo Kante and speculate on team selection ahead of both sides’ biggest game of the season.

For the Final itself, the live pitchside offering commenced three hours before kick-off with the addition of former Chelsea forward Eidur Gudjohnson to the presentation team as well as securing a pre-match interview with ex-Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas. Without reverse vision, presenters and guests were linking to and discussing content they couldn't see, a challenge overcome by the hard work and professionalism of both the talent and production staff on location and in the Stamford Bridge gallery.

The live post-match show, broadcast solely on the 5th Stand App, was anchored from the mix-zone as the triumphant Chelsea players departed the stadium. Prior to that, inside the dressing room, the ENG camera crew caught all the behind the scenes celebrations, later published exclusively on the club’s digital platforms.

It was an incredible few days’ work by the crew from both the club’s in-house production team and Input Media, something which could now act as a template for remote live productions of showpiece Chelsea events in the future.