Well, they finally did it – and boy, do Chelsea deserve it! Saturday night’s Champions League final was a fitting representation of the football patterns we’ve come to witness in the last decade. The notion of “Finders, keepers” coupled by the actual, cruel possibility of denying a team their fairytale ending has come to light once again. Bayern, for all their missed chances and their work rate, just failed to convert in front of goal and their home fans while Chelsea did the complete opposite and pulled out all the stops that were needed to win. That’s the Di Matteo spirit- and that is the attitude we can all learn from!
The game would not have gone to penalties if simple things such as self glory (Arjen Robben), actually turning up at a final (Mario Gomez) and unnecessary substitutions (taking off Mueller and beefing up the defense? Come on!) were avoided. However, there’s no denying the fact that Ribery put on a magnificent performance in midfield – one capable of a World Cup final. It’s a pity that the Frenchman- of all people – had to pay the price for it when he limped off the pitch with an ankle injury. If anybody had been football betting, they would’ve counted on him to score a few goals.
As we told you on Saturday, Chelsea had already planned a massive parade around West London, ahead of the Champions League final. They delivered on their promise of course, and thousands of fans gathered on the streets to welcome their heroes home yesterday. It was also nice to see Ryan Bertrand – whom the Futbolita crew met at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground a few months back – winning the trophy on his Champions League debut. What a dream start!
“Football, like life, is unpredictable and crazy. Nobody could have predicted the last three months. To finish like this is incredible. Whatever the future holds for me, I’d be happy.” – Roberto di Matteo