Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Barcelona v Chelsea. Pure drama on the biggest club stage.
Judging by some of the comments on my twitter feed there aren’t too many Chelsea fans amongst the people I follow. Personally I will cheer for any English side in the two European competitions but it’s a free country.
Gradually though, after the sheer stupidity of John Terry’s sending off. Will anybody even want him in the England squad after his recent behaviour culminating in last nights betrayal of team mates and fans? Grudging admiration started to come through as Chelsea not only weathered the storm but scored an exquisite goal courtesy of Ramires.
As the game wore on a gradual realisation that Chelsea really could go through. Messi was in terrible form. Has he missed a penalty before? Barcelona kept on with the same approach when surely they should have been shooting instead of passing. As it was only Messi had a go and, such was his evening that Cech managed to push his effort against the post.
At the height of the drama who should find himself with only the keeper to beat? Torres. In his pomp with Liverpool you would have put your mortgage on him scoring but now? As we all held our breath Torres rounded the keeper and stroked the ball into the net. Cue delirium. Has Torres paid back a big chunk of that millstone of a transfer fee and banished his demons? I think he just might have done.