This can not be denied. Chelsea in the final of the Champions League – only they know how.
After the final whistle in an exciting evening at the Nou Camp, Chelsea had passed in Barcelona, ??the World and European champions. And all this was sent, despite the loss of central defender Gary Cahill to a thigh injury and play for 50 minutes with 10 men after captain John Terry.
It was a triumph of courage, determination and spirit to the brilliance of Barcelona, ??for a time was not in sight when they need it most.
The referee, the penalty shootout, the phantom goal, all conspired to deny Chelsea the prize above all the desires of others in the past ten years. This time there were no complaints, no conspiracy theories.
“I do not think I ever so surprised at a football game in my entire life,” said the former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin BBC Radio 5 Live.
“I’m still not sure that really happened. Chelsea to beat Barcelona at their own game with 10 men without their central defenders on the field.
“Of course I rode his luck, but you make your own luck in this game and if you as hard as you think Chelsea had tonight. Work to earn incredible.”
There were heroes in white everywhere, with Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic throwing their bodies in the way of everything. Ashley Cole eclipsed Daniel Alves, while Ramires, drowned Merieles Raul and Barcelona Lampard in midfield.
Divided and inconsistent with André Villas-Boas, Chelsea showed further evidence that they are revived and rejuvenated with Roberto Di Matteo.
Tactically, the Italian came on the ground is still using old English defender Danny Mills, with a game system, together with the spirit, focus and effort, frustrated Barcelona. From a non-hoper in the race for the Villas-Boas sustained success, is now a strong contender.
“Di Matteo has done a fantastic job,” Mills said.
“When he looked in trouble at Chelsea, but is that the top players a great responsibility -. I have taken and have done incredibly well.
“Chelsea was compact and disciplined. They sat on the edge of the box, they are behind the ball you won ugly, but they won.”
In 2008, Chelsea took the final of the Champions League, by the caregiver, Avram Grant led. Israel enjoyed a happy career with a tough team with Jose Mourinho, but four years, was the expectation that these players had become too old, too slow, too far to discover the primary for the time to reboot.
“The top players were great tonight,” said Mills. “They are beautiful in recent weeks and they were tonight. But how Ramires and Meireles.”
It seemed a hopeless case after 42 minutes. Terry was a red card for Alexis Sanchez to knee him in the back and Barcelona had scored on both sides of it. It was a way.
Chelsea has been a real disaster and somehow have the hope to find, and therefore to run the power and effectiveness of a lost race. “At 2-0 I expected to open the floodgates,” said Mills.
“It was Ramires, who is recovering. Send helped Chelsea is almost difficult to believe. However, it’s helped to keep compact. He sat on the edge of their profession, not to chase the ball.”
In the short term, Chelsea need to find a way to have a Champions League final against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich won without the suspended quartet are hosted by Terry, Ramires, Meireles and Ivanovic. Cahill and David Luiz to overcome hamstring injuries such as Chelsea and became a recognized center is to provide information.
In the long run Di Matteo has the appointment of the next Chelsea manager even more complicated than it already was.