Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Third time lucky!

Frank Lampard and John TerryImage via WikipediaFinally after coming so close over the last few seasons, three Semi Final loses, three new managers but we're finally there. Ranieri almost got us there but Monaco got the better of us and it was a certain Special One to eventually left the trophy with Porto back then. In doing so he departed the club to join the team of Blue. He reached the Semi Finals twice, failing both times against the same team! That team was Liverpool! Today we faced them again, 1-1 from the first leg and with the Away goal counting in our favour. Could Avram Grant do what the other's had failed to do, could he get his hands on what Roman Abramovich coverts the most? That question remains unanswered for the time being but it's still a possibility as Chelsea are going to Moscow!!

An amazing game, Chelsea were the much better team in the first half, creating the chances and making Liverpool look plain. Before the match Liverpool manager Rafa Benetiz criticised Drogba as being to theatrical. You could have put money on him scoring and his goal celebration of first diving then celebrating in front of the Liverpool dug out said it all. The second half started and only Liverpool came out as Chelsea were flat. They pressed and the inevitable goal came and from Liverpool's player of the moment Fernando Torres taking the game in to extra time.

Having failed so many times at this point over the last few years I admit I was full of so many different emotions. Playing a game with the children to try and not get too tense and feeling every minute. Essien found the back of the net only for the goal to be ruled offside although none of the players in the box were interfering with play. Then came the turning point, Ballack fouled in the box, penalty. Frank Lampard stood over the ball, a doubt to start the match having lost his mother in the week. He shot, and scored meaning now that the game could no longer go to penalties. Drogba then latched on to an Anelka cross to make it 4-2 on the night and almost book Chelsea's place in the final. There was still late drama though as Liverpool had a penalty shout of their own and Babel hit a late goal to make it a nervous final minutes.

Never had any doubts though, can't wait for the final next month it is going to be incredible. Hopefully for all the right reasons and ending with celebrating Chelsea getting their hands on the trophy with big ears!!