Saturday, May 16, 2009

Why Chelsea is not good enough to win the Champions League

It's the 6th times already since the Chelsea had qualified to the knock out round of the most competitive football tournament in then world; the UEFA Champions League. But Chelsea is yet to win the silverware. Plenty of controversial decisions, lack of luck keeps getting in their way. The recent exit to Barcelona when some critical decision are turned against them and penalty miss against Manchester United in the finals are perhaps the most heartbreaking moments for Chelsea fans. The fans claim that it is luck who is not on their side. Yeah, in football sometimes you need luck. But it is a heartache to think that after 6 seasons the luck is still not on our side. Obviously it is not luck we are to blame.

Chelsea's lineup is consist of international captains,some high quality and experienced players but still not good enough to cope with the game. If we examine the backbones of the team,the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, they are at their 3o's already,or almost.Actually most of the players are. This type of players somehow creates a similar pattern of playing;taking it slow. This is easily exploited by the teams who take things fast offensively. Yes, Chelsea has one of the most organized defense in the world but that is not good enough to win the game. Chelsea rely too much on physical strength on the offense. What Chelsea really need is new bloods in the team. The different between Chelsea and the best team in the world is a genuine winger. Having Anelka or Kalou playing on the right flank is not really working. These players are strikers.or used to be.So there is a tendency to be selfish.It is time to give chance to young and energetic players such as Scott Sinclair to play.

Lets look closely the game against Barcelona recently. Chelsea started well even the possesion is dominated by the Catalans. They played some beautifull passes but barricaded just right outside of penalty box. The atmosphere went high went Essien scored a spectecular goal from the outside. The game went on with Barcelona have possesion but no shot on goal. Even Chelsea who had only one third of the possesion have more shots on goals.Throughout the game there have been 5 penalty claims by Chelsea, all of them were waved away by the referee.It has been the most hot topic debated throughout the football world.From my point of view,out of 5, at least 2 of them are valid.First when the Malouda was 'hackled' inside the penalty box and handball by Pique.It was so clear even I noticed it. The shitty decisions eventually cost Chelsea the game triggered anger and high emotions throughout Stamford Bridge. Ballack went chasing on the referee like a madman, Drogba confronted the same guy like a single mom lost her child.Even Guus Hiddink was not in talking terms for a couple of days after the game.

However, Chelsea should've known better. They had plenty of chances to kill the game. Drogba had 1-on-1 chance and he blew it.Both 1st leg and 2nd leg. He has the firepower but too much confidence that made him a blunder.Drogba is one of the deadliest striker but he whined too much.He is such a spoilt brat for a 31 years old. He kept falling and falling even with minimal contact and too much of injury claim. If he has some honor in himself perhaps that would make him an unstoppable force.I'm glad that Chelsea finally decide to ditch him.When Abidail was red carded, it Chelsea's advantage to score more and finished off the game.Instead, Hiddink strenghten the defense even more. Waiting the game to end the way it is.2 minutes before the final whistle, Andres Iniesta scored the dramatic equaliser.The score was 1-1 till the game finished and Barcelona is through to the final by the away goal rule.

It was one of the memorable moment in football history. Sucks for Chelsea though. I think Barcelona deserve to play in the final,but I also think Chelsea deserve it too. Some Chelsea haters claimed that Chelsea is playing antifootball just because the play it defensively.Well, let me remind you being defensive is also part of football.Just because Chelsea don't play the way your team play doesn't mean your team is superior. Chelsea play cleverly against Barcelona. Barcelona's offense was dwarfed by Chelsea's organized defense. Yes Barcelona is arguably one of the best team at the moment with beautiful game but this is not one of them.

The so called 'beautiful game' is amounted on one shot on goal throughout the game

Chelsea's jinx went on

The referees were pathethic

1 comment:

khaL_eLLa said...

just dropping by...