Picture the scene. Two minutes earlier Belletti brought down Portsmouth’s Dindane. Cech saves the penalty and the ball ends up with Drogba. Chelsea’s Player of the Season goes on a mazy run only to be brought down himself. Didier steps up and cracks a free-kick at the Pompey goal. Watch the reaction here …
Drogba’s goal, when it came, lifted the roof off Wembley. What a sensational goal from the Chelsea fans’ player of the year.
The bottom line is that Carlo pulled it off – the Double itself. Yesterday’s game at Wembley may not have been vintage Chelsea but, like much of the season, we watched an exciting game and yet another important victory. For this reason, the chants of ‘Carlo, Carlo, Carlo’ raining down from the massed tiers of Chelsea fans have been richly deserved and the Italian joins the ranks of true Chelsea legends.
For CFCnet, blessed as we’ve been by the great Mourinho years, the last nine months have taught us one thing: football under Ancelotti is far more unpredictable, more dangerous yet crucially, more exciting. As if to underline this, Mourinho won the Italian league yesterday with a 1-0 victory over Siena. Carlo won the league with an 8-0 drubbing of Wigan.
All told, Saturday saw the culmination of an incredible season – Chelsea’s best ever. For that reason, CFCnet must extend its thanks to all the staff, management and players of Chelsea FC. To win the Double is something any Chelsea fan only ever dreamt of – to see it realised is special. Very, very special.