Bolstering the Stamford Bridge trophy cabinet with their fourth FA Cup in six seasons has proved jut the fillip needed for Chelsea ahead of their Champions League final on May 19th in Munich.
Saturday 5th of May was an afternoon filled with historic moments, Didier Drogba became the first player to score in four FA Cup finals, as Captain John Terry became the first player to lift the Cup four times with the same club. Chelsea have completely turned their season around and are within touching distance of their ‘Holy Grail’ the Champions League title.
In the cathedral of English football tradition Wembley, Chelsea controlled the game from the off surging into a two-goal lead, holding their nerve and repelling a spirited Liverpool comeback spearheaded by €43 million striker Andy Carroll.
Ramirez became the first Brazilian to score in English football’s knock-out cup competition which is the oldest association football competition in the world while Juan Mata provided a midfield master class in setting up his goal early in the first half. The Blues looked to be cruising when Drogba put them two up in the second half but Liverpool rallied with Carroll grabbing one back. Stout defending and heroic goalkeeping from Cech clearing the line, kept a Liverpool equaliser out of the net, despite protestations form the Reds. Replays proved the referee’s decision correct, and a further block by Captain Terry was required to keep the score line intact and hand Roberto Di Matteo his first piece of silverware as manager.
Afterwards the players heaped praise on the Italian manager. “As for the manager, Roberto deserves everything. He's turned the club around," said Frank Lampard. While captain Terry said, "this is what we live for, at times people have slated us as being too old, past it or not together as a squad, but as a team we come together and unite when our backs are against the wall. We've done that superbly in the last 16 or 17 games under the manager.”
Di Matteo himself, gracious as ever, credited also Villas-Boas with the victory. “"AVB should get some credit for this victory as well because he started our run in the FA Cup," he said. "But I'm very happy for the players.”
The club will now turn it’s full attention to besting Bayern, a club, who, unusually for a Champions League final, will be playing on home soil. Dolce&Gabbana wish the team the very best of luck on 19th May, we shall all be watching and supporting them!