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 Divyam Arora
José Mourinho claimed his 100th victory in Premier League by winning 3-1 against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, just like he had got off the mark in 2004. He did so in record number of games. It took him 142 games to do so, beating Ferguson’s record of 162. As a testimonial of his contribution to the English game José received an award form Football Writers’ Association just hours after the game on Sunday.