A rainy, windswept evening in the bowels of, tea slurping, Yorkshire is not somewhere that super star footballers want to be on a Wednesday night after returning from cultural Japan. Many Premiership teams have failed in the past, under such circumstances, but Chelsea’s millionaires, superbly marshalled by super Frankie Lampard, produced a stunning second half display of intricate, one touch football and clinical finishing.
This quarter final tie was a potential banana skin and the vociferous home support wanted the scalp of the European champions to add to Southampton and Everton, who had already been beaten here this year. For 45 minutes their dream was well and truly alive. They battled for every ball in the midfield, rode their luck at times, but always looked a threat on the break. One man, in the heart of the Chelsea midfield stood head and shoulders above the rest; take a bow Mr Frank James Lampard. Lamps knew what this meant to us, he was everywhere, tackling, tracking back, pushing forward, spraying passes and controlling the middle of the park. Roman, give him what he wants and sign him on a new deal-today!
The spirit of Revie, Bremner and co was evident in the first half and the home side struck first, in the 37th minute Luiz lost position and in a flash, the impressive Byram fed Thomas who crossed for Becchio to sweep past the helpless Cech. The home support erupted and Chelsea looked stunned by the sucker punch. Leeds, tails up, felt an upset was on the cards and almost doubled their lead before halftime but thankfully Lees failed to hit the target.
Chelsea came out in the second half with renewed vigour. The home side had obviously enjoyed too many barm cakes with their half time brew and Mata equalised before the home support had adjusted their flat caps for the second 45. Chelsea were now in the ascendancy and Ivanovic headed home from a Lampard corner before Moses effectively finished the tie a couple of minutes later. Lampard was awesome. He controlled the tempo of the match and supplied, the irresistible Mata, at every opportunity. Chelsea fans sang jingle bells and the Yorkshire support squirmed in their coal smoked jackets. We were now rampant and scored again through Hazard and Torres.
All in all, a very impressive display and a double header to come against Swansea in the semi’s.
The final word on this match must go to super Frank. He is Chelsea, through and through. Any doubters about whether Lampard still has what it takes, were surely silenced last night. Roman sign him up!