May 17, 2013

Chelsea get a trophy, and some other things in Football

A disappointing season with a silver lining. I am not very proud of a Europa League, considering prior to this year, I have always wondered what this Thursday night competition was all about, but ending the season with at least one trophy is highly satisfying(considering websites like this exist). I am not a fan of Rafa Benitez, but I am happy that he guided the club to atleast one trophy (after losing the CWC, Premier League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup on the way).

The goal by Fernando Torres was a sweet reminder of his goal against Barcelona in the dying seconds of the semi final last year, and he took his chance well. Cardozo equalized by putting a penalty past Cech, twisting his ankle in the process, I guess that's what it takes to score past him (remember Messi anyone?)

Lampard was threatening yet again, getting a few long shots on target, which the goalie did well to keep out. He has finally been offered a one year extension to his contract which was about to expire 30th of next Month. A huge sigh of relief (and a signal that The Special One is coming back?)

Ivanovic's header from a Juan Mata corner deep in extra time, which proved to be the winner reminded me, and Chelsea fans worldwide of the Drogba goal last year in Munich, which has been etched in our minds. A win which would give everyone a sense of happiness, as Chelsea did get something out of a disappointing and frustrating season!

Chelsea are the first club ever to have both the Champions League and the Europa League in their kitty at the same time, and only the fourth club in history to have won all three of Europe's honors. Meanwhile, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata are now the first footballers to have the World Cup, European Cup, Champions League and Europa League at the same time.

Meanwhile, Fergie has retired (Oh, I would miss the Fergie time!) and David Moyes has taken over- something which was not predictable as we expected him to go on for ever. At least, Manchester United won't remain superhuman anymore. Rooney, meanwhile, has handed a transfer request, his second in three years (the previous one increasing his salary by 67%), due to which he was booed during the trophy parade.

Mancini has been sacked as the City manager (we all knew that was coming), who are keen to follow Abramovich's path to glory, rather than the United way. I would not like to speculate about potential candidates for the job.

Paris Saint German has revealed Real Madrid contacted them for Ancelotti. That means Real expect Mourinho to leave. Where could he go? There's just one club in England where he is loved- no prizes for the correct guess.

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