by Divyam Arora
Chelsea’s season came to a somewhat premature end when Arda Turan scored Atletico’s third goal on the night. The Blues were hoping to be in a European final for the third year in running. Atleti were brilliant on the night and fully deserve their place in the final. What will bother most Chelsea fans is how we conceded the goals. The first goal should have never been. From Ramires giving away a silly free kick to Cole’s failure to clear the ball in his own box. A string of errors were committed in the build-up. Then came a striker’s challenge in the box by Eto’o. The penalty made it very hard for Chelsea and from then on Atletico Madrid took full control of the game. Jose’s gamble to put Eto’o with 30 minutes remaining backfired. Definitely not a good night for him! Perhaps a bit more patient approach might have been fruitful. We have to give credit where it’s due and Atletico Madrid were simply the better team in this contest. Chelsea fans will now be left to ponder what next? The Premier League is as good as gone and now we’re out of the Champions League. Well, losing is a part of the game and you have to embrace it as well. But the most important thing after losing is getting back up. Recovery is the key. Blues faithful would love to see a reaction from the players in the next game and take the battle for the league right down to the wire. Won’t matter much for us as far as the Premier League crown goes, but then again, this was just supposed to be a build-up/transition phase for the next season. Not an excuse for letting the premiership slip out of our hands but this was always the objective in the first place. The fact that we were in the pole position and somehow blew it up is a different thing. I am sure that the players have gained good experience from this season. It might not have been the perfect season and Chelsea might go trophy less but we have lot to gain from this. This is pretty good for a transitional period. Fighting again for the league and back to the Champions League’s elite. Here, we a look at the key components of this season for Chelsea FC.
by Aman Mittal
The biggest club footballing event is nearing the exciting stages, where even a small mistake is punished and one can become the Leonidas of their club and lead them on. It does sound fancy and the draw came with its own cheers and jeers. Surely, this is where the top players,teams and managers thrive. This is where it all goes down. Enough of the building up. We go straight to the draw with predictions being the final aggregate score.
by Divyam Arora
Arsenal’s Champions League challenge suffered a major setback after a 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich last night. Arsenal started the game brightly. They seemed up for the occasion and looked full of energy. They had 2-3 good chances within the first 20 minutes but failed to capitalize. In the end they were left to rue missed chances and the penalty miss form Mesut Özil as they failed crack open the Bavarian defence.
by Divyam Arora
This Champions League round of 16 draw confirmed a few things. (1) Manchester United always tend to get an easy draw. (2) Arsenal are always the unlucky ones. (3) They love pairing Chelsea with their own legends. Anyways, we have a couple of very interesting fixtures. Arsenal once again have the daunting task of going back to Allianz Arena. Manchester City play hosts to Barcelona in what promises to be one hell of a match. Tell you what; I’d place my bet on Manchester City to go through. And then we have the return of the king at Stamford Bridge. Here’s what it means for the English teams.