Thursday, March 18, 2010

Chelsea Knocked Out Of UEFA Champions' League

Chelsea FC were Tuesday night knocked out of the competitive UEFA Champions' league courtesy of Samuel Eto’o goal in the 78th minute which ensured that Inter Milan secured a home and away victories over them.

The keenly contested match saw Chelsea wasting most of their opportunities especially in the first half. Worst among the culprits who jeopardized their chance of advancing into the quarter final stage of the competition were Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, Florent Malouda and Frank Lampard. Joe Cole later came in as a substitute but was a shadow of his usual self.

We knew the task at hand and understood we needed to win by at least a lone goal having secured a vital away goal in our first leg match at San Siro. But that was never to be as we lost all opportunities and failed to connect in front of goal. Had we managed to convert one of those begging chances things would change and put the Inter boys under intense pressure and then give us more confidence. We got all things wrong; we mounted series of pressure in the first half but failed to put the ball past the goal keeper who was vulnerable on several occasions.

Inter Milan boys came back strong and more determined in the second half having been able to absorb all our pressures in the first half. The combination of Milito, Wesley Sneijder, Lucio and Samuel Eto’o was very effective; and after series of endless pressure they eventually got the all important goal through Samuel Eto’o in the 78th minute ensuring that they prevailed over Chelsea both home and away. This victory paved way for Inter to advance into the next stage of the competition and that Chelsea was out for the first time at this stage since 2005.

Now that we have lost the opportunity to win the highly coveted trophy this season we have to go back to the drawing board to find out what led to our ouster and what we can do for a better outing next season. All the same we still say ‘Up The Blues’. Our remaining hope for the season is to win the FA and the Premiership. We hope to come back stronger next year.

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