It was a shame that a large number of Chelsea-03 fans could not respect the minute’s silence. At least it distracted them from hurling their usual anti-Semitic abuse at the Tottenham fans. There is an element of Chelsea-03’s support that continues to bring shame on the name of Chelsea Football Club. Money has bought the club a lot of success in recent years, but their fans once again proved that the money has not bought them class.
Chelsea-03 were hailed in certain quarters this week for the tactics they employed in beating Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final. Those tactics were - to put 11 men behind the ball, frustrate the opposition, foul, dive, break up the rhythm of the game, and when the chance arose to hit on the break. Correct me if I am wrong, but were Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti not forced out of Stamford Bridge for employing a similar negative and cynical approach to the game? I thought Roman Abramovich wanted his Chelsea-03 team to win with style. I guess not.
Celtic lost out on a chance of a domestic double when they were beaten by Hearts in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park in Glasgow. The post-game coverage centered on Neil Lennon’s confronting the match official on the field of play at the final whistle. The Irishman ran on to the field to lambast Euan Norris for awarding Hearts a disputed penalty in injury time. Lennon’s antics overshadowed Hearts’ performance and their progression to the final where they will meet city rivals Hibs. It will be one of the most anticipated cup finals in recent memory and the first between Edinburgh’s two biggest clubs since 1896. It is also another indicator that Scottish football will survive when Rangers go into liquidation.
In the latest round of ‘Messi v Ronaldo’ it was the Portuguese star that came out on top. His performance in the league game at the Camp Nou helped Real Madrid to a 2-1 win and they are now a step closer to regaining their La Liga title. The title of World Footballer of the Year is still up for grabs and the player who leads his respective team to Champions League glory will take the crown. Bayern Munich and Chelsea-03 could yet have a decisive say in the outcome.