Sunday, May 20, 2012
I'm not one of those people who think that you should have supported Chelsea last night because they are a British club, tribal loyalties run too deep for that, but praise where it's due and that was possibly the most obdurate performance by a cup winning side since Steaua Bucharest sucked the oxygen out of the 1986 European Cup Final when they beat Barcelona on penalties without having had a single shot during the 120 minutes that preceded it.
There was an inevitability about it wasn't there, echoes of 1999 as Bayern Munich took off their goalscorer, changed their shape and allowed Chelsea to equalise near the end of normal time, unlike Manchester United in Barcelona however neither Chelsea or Bayern had an Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in their side.
Mario Gomez may have scored forty one goals before last night but he played like a man who had been introduced to the game of football on the way out of the players tunnel, it's difficult to think of a player who has had and missed so many chances in a Champions League match since, oh I don't know, Lionel Messi in the semi-finals? Chelsea did create a few chances and the one that took the match into extra time came at a point when it seemed nearly all was lost.
They've not been pretty wins to see them crowned European Champions but that's not the point really, they are the new Arsenal: ugly to watch, ugly to look at and winners.
Oh and is Jose Bosingwa the worst player in the history of football to win a major honour?
Meanwhile in a country far, far away - it's spot the Germans
in this photograph comeptition.
Posted by Paul at 8:04 AM