Sunday, May 16, 2010

Chelsea Add FA Cup To Their Premiership Title

Chelsea FC yesterday afternoon defeated Portsmouth FC by a lone goal to lift the FA Cup and complete the doubles having won the league title the previous weekend. By this feat they have proved wrong those critics who never believed they could win anything this season. The Blues have now proved they are a force to reckon with as far as the premiership is concerned.

Carlo Ancelotti has also shown that he has what it takes to be a great coach. This is just his first season in the English premiership and he has won three silverwares. That is no mean feat; only great coaches are able to achieve such enviable record in such a short period of time. I think Ancelotti should be allowed to bring his wealth of experience to help Chelsea win the UEFA Champions’ League that has so far eluded her.

Yesterday’s FA Cup final match was tension-soaked as both sides were in such a hurry to win the title. Chelsea needed to add it to their haul this season while Portsmouth needed it more as it was their only hope of staying in the premiership, having been confirmed relegated to the lower division much earlier.

Chelsea had full control of the game, attacking ceaselessly but Portsmouth kept defending gallantly. A lot of mistakes were made and several chances wasted as the Blues obviously wanted to seal victory within few minutes. Salomon Kalou hit the crossbar in the 26th minute of the first half after Goalkeeper David James was displaced. It was John Terry who again hit the crossbar in the 29th minute as he failed to utilize Didier Drogba’s free kick. Kelvin Boateng received a yellow card after a rough tackle against Michael Ballack in the 35th minute. The resultant free kick was taken by Drogba and it hit the upright post again. The first half eventually ended in a barren draw, with Portsmouth having their God to thank for not conceding as much goals.

The second half saw some attacking and counter attacking football. It was Kelvin Boateng who posed the first threat as he almost netted a goal against Chelsea but unfortunately he shot wide. In the 55th minute Dindane was brought down by Belletti and the centre referee pointed to the spot for a penalty kick. The penalty was taken by Boateng but was saved by goalkeeper Petr Cechs. However, in the 59th minute Didier Drogba broke the jinxed as his superlative free kick beat goalkeeper David James hands down for the only goal of the match.

Some changes were made on both sides to add more bite to the attack but the result remained 1-0 till the end of the match. John Utaka and Kanu Nwankwo were brought in to help turn the tables against the Blues but nothing changed. Frank Lampard was brought down in the 87th minute but he failed to convert the resultant penalty.

Chelsea fans were full of praises for their players as the game ended 1-0 in their favour. Didier Drogba once again made the difference. He has shown himself to be Chelsea’s reliable point man, having scored 29 goals in the just concluded league.

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