Chelsea scored 5 past fellow London side Tottenham to set up a dream FA Cup final against rivals Liverpool on the 5th of May at Wembley Stadium. Goals from Didier Drogba, Juan Mata, Ramires, Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda were enough to see off a Tottenham side that has seen their performance continue to deteriorate at the most important stage of the season.
With both Chelsea and Liverpool struggling in the league, the FA Cup offers them an opportunity to save grace and finish the season on a high. Despite the win, Juan Mata’s controversial goal was the talking point of the match.
Television replays showed that Mata’s shot amidst the scramble in the box di not pass the goal line despite referee Martin Atkinson who was standing distance from the action ruling otherwise.
Speaking after the match, Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo admitted that the goal should not have been given.
“Apparently it hasn’t (crossed the line) so in this case we were on the lucky side,” Di Matteo said.
“But how many times before have we had decisions go against us? We scored not just two goals, we scored five, so I’m not sure how much it would matter.”
Midfielder Frank Lampard added his voice to the debate also stating that Chelsea were lucky to get away with the goal and that the incident was reason enough for FIFA to include goal line technology in competitive fixtures and leagues around the world.
“It wasn’t a goal- simple as that,” Lampard said.
“For that you have to feel sorry for Tottenham. Goal-line technology needs to be brought in in my opinion. It’s just too important and I’ve said it before a few times. I think we still won the game convincingly though, but in terms of goal-line technology for me it’s a no-brainer.”
That said, the man of the match was old boy Didier Drogba. Drogba showed just why Di Matteo should include him in his starting line up against Barcelona on Wednesday.
His goal was not only a beauty to behold, but a statement that indicated that though he is no longer the player he was 5 years ago, he still has what it takes to create something out of nothing.
With both sides having nothing to gain and everything to lose as far as major titles are concerned, the May 5th final will definitely be a match worth watching.
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