FA Cup Final – Chelsea 1-0 Portsmouth
As they did in the Premier League, Chelsea underachieved but still managed to bring home the hardware. This was a sloppy, nervy game from both sides. I can understand why underdog Pompey was anxious, but Chelsea — league champs, world class players up and down the pitch, elite manager — should’ve come out like assassins. Instead, they dropped trou in front of goal multiple times. Sure, they had some bad luck on a few of their misses, but they also whiffed on the easy ones, too.
Everything seemed to turn when Chelsea’s Belletti failed to slide in for the ball and clumsily clattered the Portsmouth attacker in the box — penalty for Pompey! Sadly for them, nerves go the better of Kevin Prince Boateng. He scuffed the top of the ball and it dribble-rolled into Cech. About 3 minutes later, Drogba placed a perfect free kick at the base of the far post and it bounced in for the only goal of the game.
With just a few minutes to go, Lampard drew a penalty to seal the win… only he couldn’t even put the shot on target. It was a complete choke. What I can’t figure out was why. Chelsea were winning, the game was almost over — this should’ve been a chance to blast a celebratory ball home. Instead, every England fan immediately started fretting about penalties in the World Cup. Lots of chokers on that team from the spot…
Chelsea did the double, and hats should be tipped to them. But this was far from their finest performance. I guess being able to win despite underachieving is one way to show your greatness….