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It's Barcelona But I Almost Feel Sorry For Chelsea

Almost feel sorry? No, I must admit I definitely feel sorry for Chelsea. Until I saw Drogba's and Ballack's totally disgraceful reactions, that is.

However, I can understand them, a little. Manchester United will play FC Barcelona in the Champions League final and on the evidence of the Catalans' two games against Chelsea, they are the weaker team of tonight's two competitors. Yes, I think Chelsea are better than this much-lauded Barcelona.

Forget the crap about anti-football, this was a tactical masterclass thoughout the first game and for 70 minutes here. However, the Norwegian referee bottled two big calls as Chelsea should have had two penalties in the first half - then, to even things up a bit, sent off Eric Abidal for no reason at all.

And that's where Guus Hiddink and his side made a mistake: they did not go for Barca's throat. They continued to defend in numbers, occasionally looking for quick breaks when they really should have turned their numerical and physical superiority into a second, clinching goal.

They did not, the ref bottled another big call when he failed to award a penalty for Pique's handball and Barcelona duly equalised with a wonderful effort from Iniesta. Overbo completed his night of embarassment when failed to spot (or just did not want to spot) when Eto'o handled the ball inside the box, beating away a last-gasp Chelsea effort.

And that was it. No repeat of last year's final - which, frankly, would have taken the gloss off it for me... and even they were hard done by the ref, Drogba's and Ballack's reactions were disgraceful. Especially Drogba's, after all, he had this tie at his mercy but failed to put away his chances.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 6 2009

Time: 10:52PM

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I feel very sorry for Chelsea as they VERY unfortunate with this one! However, I did celebrate when Barca scored being the team I wanted in the final. It was disgraceful refereeing but then again, the refereeing in the CL this year has been nothing short of shambolic!
ForeverUnited
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06/05/2009 23:18:00

I feel very sorry for Chelsea as they VERY unfortunate with this one! However, I did celebrate when Barca scored being the team I wanted in the final. It was disgraceful refereeing but then again, the refereeing in the CL this year has been nothing short of shambolic!
ForeverUnited
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06/05/2009 23:18:00

Chelsea were completely mugged, barcelona had one shot on target and were it not for some outrageous refereeing and Drogbas awful miss they would have deservedly taken their place in the final. I personally felt drogbas reaction was the only real thhing we saw from him all night. I think rooney, ronaldo, neville, rio or anyone of our players would have reacted the same. They may have crossed the line as professionals but as human beings their actions were justified considering the scale of the injustice. FOUR PENALTIES! If that was us I'd be on my way to norway right now! But hey, at least barcelona are missing their first choice full backs!
tuscan3000
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06/05/2009 23:39:00

Chelsea were completely mugged, barcelona had one shot on target and were it not for some outrageous refereeing and Drogbas awful miss they would have deservedly taken their place in the final. I personally felt drogbas reaction was the only real thhing we saw from him all night. I think rooney, ronaldo, neville, rio or anyone of our players would have reacted the same. They may have crossed the line as professionals but as human beings their actions were justified considering the scale of the injustice. FOUR PENALTIES! If that was us I'd be on my way to norway right now! But hey, at least barcelona are missing their first choice full backs!
tuscan3000
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06/05/2009 23:39:00

Chelsea just arn't good enough to be champions league champions but it was a good effort
skylab
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07/05/2009 08:53:00

Chelsea just arn't good enough to be champions league champions but it was a good effort
skylab
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07/05/2009 08:53:00

Happy with Barcelona-I think Chelsea would have come too soon (after Moscow) and they'd have been fired up. I felt for Chelsea, BUT at the end of the day, just 1-0 up, they were always running that risk especially with all the possession they let Barca have (though they didn't do much with it). It's always a dangerous scoreline, because it'll put you out - not even go to extra time. You always felt Chelsea needed 2 because Barca could get 1 (which they eventually did). I understand Drogba et al's reaction, but it was unacceptable (how was Drogba allowed back on to the pitch???) and after all, if Chelsea had gone through, all the talk would have been about the red card (also highly debatable).
Man utd champions
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07/05/2009 16:05:00

don't feel pity for us - we'll be back!
merlin
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07/05/2009 19:51:00

barce r gna smash u up and leave u out for the bin men barce 3-0 man utd up the villa!
jimjim96
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08/05/2009 18:30:00

 

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