A Psycho Thriller..Its Chelsea 5 Tottenham 1

Chelsea crushed Spurs to reach the FA Cup final where they will now play Liverpool on May 5th. Goals from Didier Drogba, Juan Mata, Ramires, a stunning Frank Lampard free-kick and substitute Florent Malouda were simply enough to keep Tottenham out of the finals.

Spurs had pegged Chelsea back to 2-1 with Gareth Bale netting, but controversy will forever surround this fixture, with another howler of a decision from referee Martin Atkinson. The official who said he saw Mario Balotelli’s knee studs up challenge on Alex Song last week but saw no malice in it, again ensured we would be talking about him rather than the football. Atkinson allowed Mata’s goal to stand despite the ball never crossing a congested Spurs’ goal line, which was borne out by the replays. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp was fuming at the final whistle, but was nevertheless generous towards Atkinson, saying that he had made “ an honest mistake,” while again making a plea for goal line technology to come in. Now in their fourth FA Cup final in six years.

“He must have guessed,” the Tottenham boss said. “He can’t have been sure. He’s just made a mistake, unfortunately. A big mistake.                                                                                -Harry Redknapp

HD PHOTOS:

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Two minutes before the break, Chelsea took the lead. Drogba held off William Gallas’ challenge and then struck with power and venom with a stunning left foot shot which went beyond the reach of Carlo Cuducini. The warning signs were still there on 48 minutes, when Drogba played in Mata, but Cudicini saved well for a corner. Then came the controversy. Lampard took the resulting corner, which saw Luiz’s header blocked. Under pressure from Terry, the Spurs’ defence couldn’t clear, with Mata following up with a shot that did not cross the line, but nevertheless a goal was awarded. Spurs rallied and continued their pressing game. Scott Parker’s pass found Emmanuel Adebayor in front of Cech, he rounded the Chelsea keeper, only to be bundled over as Bale netted the rebound. Luiz suffered a hamstring injury in the build up and had to be stretchered off and replaced by Gary Cahill. Chelsea got their third on 77th minutes, Mata finding Ramires with the Brazil player chipping over Cudicini having got the right side of last defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Nine minutes before time, Lampard got Chelsea’ 4th goal. Gallas brought down Drogba for a free kick, and from all of 30 yards, up stepped the England midfielder to thump beyond Cuducini. Was definitely a stunning shot and a long time! Later, the 4th minute of the five for added time, Chelsea got their final goal with Malouda slipping past Cudicini from Mata’s pass to seal another Blues Wembley FA Cup final.

With a Cup final booked, Chelsea now face a massive week as they take on Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final before a Premier League clash with Arsenal next weekend.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS (IN HD):

https://chelseanewsletter.wordpress.com/match-highlights/

3 Major Things Learned from the Blues’ Win:

1. Drogba can still provide Chelsea with his super goals

2. David Luiz’s injury will be costly

3. Chelsea can do something against Barcelona

NEWS:

.Chelsea’s David Luiz a doubt for Champions League clash

Chelsea defender David Luiz is to undergo a scan on his hamstring later today as Roberto Di Matteo nervously ponders a potential defensive injury crisis ahead of their Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona.

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9 thoughts on “A Psycho Thriller..Its Chelsea 5 Tottenham 1

  1. Amazing how we all thought it never crossed the line ! I was amazed when I saw the photo’s that proved it did. It’s funny, I think if we needed that as a goal it would of been ruled out, time for line technology, sooner rather than later 🙂

    • Definitely..I too was suddenly amazed when I saw that rare photo ( Maybe that photo was clicked from a different angle….Don’t know, MAYBE??!!)
      FA has also taken a quick decision to test the goal-line technology by the end of this month and will start it from the next season! 🙂

  2. I was shocked at the amount of empty seats for a big occasion in football on the Chelsea end. I was talking to my dad about it and that a club based in London, you though that they would easily sell out but yeah, I’m not here to hate by the way or whatever. I enjoyed the match, it was a good game.

    I don’t know why Martin Atkinson was the referee for this game though. He has made some awful decisions in the past couple of years like.

    But I’ve got to say that them Chelsea fans who did not remain silent for the Hillsborough ’89 and Piermario Morosini were disrespectful. It’s not hard keeping quite and paying your respect for a footballer and the 96 people that lost their lives.

  3. The attendance didn’t turn out quite well for this wonderful semi-final match. I expected more crowd. Martin Atkinson was again in a wrong place at the wrong time. The same referee who failed to see the Balotelli and Song Incident last week..I was also shocked by their behavior…Didn’t expected it…I think their countdown for a minute of silence was mistaken..But is truly sad.. 😦

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