The Blues are on top (for now)

August 31, 2009 at 10:55 am (Chelsea) (, , , )

He he..2 matches have taken place since my last post..

Anyway, Chelsea beat both Fulham and Burnley comfortably and with the campaign’s firts clean sheets. Here is the match in pics…

LOL at Drogba! πŸ˜€

Now to SB for Cfc vs. Burnley

(that’s Ballack at the bottom right corner πŸ˜› )

(that’s Cole at the bottom left corner πŸ˜€ )

So in all, we done well so far and are on top of the league table on goal difference above the Spuds.

Next week in an international break..so no league action for another 2 weeks. 😐

[images courtesy chelseafc.com]

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FA Cup Champions 2009!!

May 31, 2009 at 7:13 pm (Chelsea, Views) (, , , )

( for the first time, a reasonable post title πŸ˜€ )

The last game of the season, the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Everton, was underway on Saturday afternoon (evening in India obviously πŸ˜› ) at the new Wembley Stadium in London. Chelsea was looking to finish a some what topsy-turvyΒ  season on a high, while Everton, were looking to play spoilsport.This also happened to be Guus Hiddink’s last match as Chelsea manager, so as Lampard said before the game, the Blues were looking to give him a parting gift.

So,Β  on the hot Wembley pitch (at 41 CΒΊ mind you) the oldest football cup final was underway. I barely settled on my seat with some snacks that Everton scored straight after kick-off. In what was a sloppy piece of defending, Pienaar ran through Bosingwa, curled the ball in towards Chelsea’s box, eventually headed away by Alex, but straight to Fellaini who passed the ball to ex-ManU player Saha, who smashed the ball past Petr Cech.

Boom. Not even a minute on the pitch. 1-0 to Everton. 😦

This, as I’ve noticed is what Chelsea should be wary of. It always takes a good 10-15 mins for the Blues (or should I saw, the Yellows) to switch on and start attacking. It happenned against Arsenal (both in the semis and in the league) and Barca ( check out the first 10 mins in both halfs of the game at SB, not Camp Nou). But anyway, we were behind. No excuses this time. Credit to Everton for making the most of the ball (quite literally). For the next 20 mins, though there was some defensive errors, Chelsea looked to remain calm and composed as Everton piled the pressure.

Ashley Cole and Malouda kept causing problems for the Everton defence all this while as Everton’s right-back Tony Hibbert looked undecided. The Lampard-Malouda combination proved very fruitful for Chelsea under Hiddink, and it was this combo that set up Drogba, who was dormant all this while, to tear through Everton’s defence and head Malouda’s cross (passed on from midfield by Lampard) into the Everton goal. 1-1 in 20 mins. Joy! πŸ˜€

The rest of the first half remained un-eventful (atleast IMO) 1-1 at halftime. 2 goals in 45 mins between teams who couldn’tΒ  score in the 180 mins they played each other in the league πŸ˜€ . David Moyes made the only change as he removed Hibbert and brought on Jacobson.

The second half was a bit more eventful, though both teams kept losing the ball in midfield or at the death. Goalkeepers were kept busy, shots went off target, ferocious tackles came in, but no real threat posed by either team. The match looked set to go into extra time if it continued at this rate.

Cue Lampard. With 19 goals this season (and looking for the 20th) took responsibilty on himself, changing his mind in the last second as he was about to take the shot, slipped, yet gathered himself quickly to shoot the ball the other way and past Howard’s fingertips. 2-1 to Chelsea at 72 mins as Lampard scores 20 goals in the season for the 4th time.

Needless to say, that was enough. Everton became nervous as they kept shooting wide and fouling in an effort to win possession. An error was made by the ref as Malouda tore through the defence, etching to score a goal and shot the ball straight past Howard and into the post, with the ball bouncing inside the goal-line, yet adjudged by the linesmen as “no goal”. My heart throbbed as I didnt want a repeat of what happened at SB against Barca. Again, at 84 mins, Lampard was fouled by Pienaar in the box, yet the ref (who I must admit, was in no position to see the ball) adjudged Lampard guilty for diving and booked him. Though I was now used to penalty decisions not going our way, I was a nervous wreck. 😐

But there was nothing to worry about. Despite the massive 4 mins of stoppage time, Everton didnt pose much of a threat and joy erupted as the ref blew the final whistle. Chelsea have won the FA cup, have gained some silverware this season (in your face Liverfool and Le Arse πŸ˜› ) and have said good-bye to arguably the best managers of the clubs history.

A wierd season. We got one of the world’s best manager Scolari to make brilliant start at the beginning of the season, then made a fool of himself, got fired, were in 4th position halfway, lost all hope of gaining any trophy as ManU and Pool ran away with the game, enter Hiddink, and now we finish 3rd in the league (so direct qualification to next year’s CL), have got the best of confidence in Drogba, Malouda and the team as a whole, were in touching distance of winning the CL this year (if it wasn’t for that ref 😐 ) and now, have won the FA cup. Hiddink will be missed sorely, and with his aura and impact he has (now “had” 😦  ) on the field, he is the special one now. πŸ˜‰

If he ever does decide to come back (and I hope he does ) no doubt he will be recieved with open arms. πŸ™‚

(PS, I know, I’ve posted a lot about football, but you’ll not here about this much now atleast till August 😐 )

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