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
1. Blink twice, gulp their spit down and actually check if this is real and not FIFA.
It has been long since they won the precious league title and it has been tough seeing Manchester United cross them and even see Manchester City win it before them, but this time it won’t be just behind a controller. It might actually come true. Maybe partnering with FIFA is a lucky charm.
by Rukmini Sengupta
So what is it with the notion of football and girls? I don’t follow football regularly and well I don’t engage in arguments over my club on Facebook comments or Twitter conversations. But I do share a beer with my dad during the world cup and cheer for the teams I support. I don’t know how true it is but I have heard that men love women, who watch and follow football. That might just be true. I have this particular friend who tells me all about last night’s match so that he has something interesting to discuss with me over coffee the next morning. Thanks to awesome friends of mine, I too have started to keep tiny track of the scores and matches, but I am yet to go a long way ahead.
by Aman Mittal
The problems at Manchester United see no end at the moment. The gutter only seems to be getting deeper by the minute and the draw against Arsenal didn’t deceive anyone Mr. Moyes. A 4-1 loss to City didn’t surprise me, but now; a loss to anyone doesn’t. Is this what Man Utd have become? Is this what you fans want your team to be? This is what Ed Woodward, Moyes, his staff and players must ask themselves.
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.
by Nivedita Jha
Four consecutive victories in the last four games has definitely subsided the ire of Red Devils across the globe. However in the last four victories ,what is more positive is the the manner in which they have won. Three clean sheets in last four tells you that the shaky defense of Man United is stablising. De Gea has already been a standout player and Dave's saves have done trick for the devils. Phil Jones has had a great run of form recently in any area of the field. He infact scored United's winner against Donestsk making them the group winners. Wingers Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck have found a new life. Both have scored twice in last four games. Young was in line of fire after the derby loss and had a dormant 18 month period. His spectacular two goals have rejuvenated his confidence. Teenage sensation Januzaj has continued to sparkle scoring his first Old Trafford goal. Welbeck's good run of form has compensated for van Persie's injury. Ashley Young's revival is most opportune with Valencia out of form and Nani sidelined. It seems like Moyses hairdryer has finally started to show its effect.