Chelsea: Everyone Will Want To Avoid Us After PSG Comeback
Chelsea needed eleven heroes to overcome Paris Saint Germain last night and every single player put a shift in against the French side. It was not the starting eleven who took the Blues through however.
It was a combination of five factors. It was down to Jose Mourinho, who after the game noted his side were prepared for every single scenario. Literally. His celebration and revving up of the crowd after the second goal was vintage Jose – and a worryingly common sight for his opponents in Europe.
It was a result of Andre Schürrle replacing Eden Hazard early on, when most Chelsea fans thought the tie was done. Schürrle – who has looked better and better this season – was everywhere. He scored the first goal and his work rate would have put anyone to shame.
It was the forward trio of Samuel Eto’o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres, all of whom probably won't be at the club next season, but Ba did get the vital second goal.
It was the awful finishing from Edinson Cavani, who could have put the game to bed. Instead, he looked worth £5.5 million, nowhere near £55 million.
It was also the immense record at Stamford Bridge that Chelsea have, not only this season, but under Jose Mourinho in the Champions League. They do not concede. They score. They win.
Of course, Petr Cech pulled off a couple of decent saves and looked far more assured than in the first leg. As did the defence in front of him. Branislav Ivanovic will be a huge miss in the semi-final first leg, but after the defender missed out on Munich, he will might be grateful to get that suspension out of the way. That, and the fact he won’t have to speak to Geoff “Destroyer of Dreams” Shreeves.
The likes of Willian and Oscar worked hard, and David Luiz had a huge impact in the middle of the park. Yes, he can go missing and look like a liability at times, but after such a positive result, and indeed Nemanja Matic being cup-tied, you work with what you have.
Chelsea had been written off by the vat of knowledge that is Roy Keane before the game even kicked off – because Roy clearly thinks that two goals in Europe is far too much for any side, let alone one famed for coming back like Chelsea are.
Johan Cruyff also weighed in with his ‘opinion’ before the game, and it is an ‘opinion’ that is looking more and more like pure spite every time he opens his mouth. The former Barcelona player turned full-time Mourinho critic claimed that the manager was en route to losing the Chelsea dressing room. Yes, Johan, Jose really looked like he had lost the dressing room after that Ba goal.
These are the nights that Chelsea relish – and their manager even more so.
Jose may wheel out the little horse line when asked about the semi-final draw on Friday, but you can bet your life on the fact that he knows full well his side are dangerous. And everyone will want to avoid him.
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