A little bit of history repeating

thierry-henry-barcelona-001Another Champions League semi-final, another season of near misses all but complete for Chelsea fans. Even victory over Everton in the FA Cup would do little to make up for another 12 months of thwarted dreams. I never thought I would say this, but I can almost sympathise with Didier Drogba‘s reaction. The man who behaved so despicably in the final last year with his petulant slap can look upon his latest disciplinary slip with a manly pride. Not because the referee was wrong (he was, but it’s an impossible job and the harsh justice was distributed evenly, as Éric Abidal will tell you). Rather, because, like me, Drogba was enraged by the latest in a string of cruel twists of fate that started in Monaco five years ago.

That day, former Chelsea man Didier Deschamps oversaw 10 man Monaco as the French club hit two late goals to seal a 3-1 first leg win on the way to a 5-3 aggregate win. A year later and Luis García‘s ghost goal put Liverpool through to the final. Last year, it was John Terry‘s penalty miss that spelled out tragic disaster. And last night, 10 man Barcelona and their Spanish wizard Andrés Iniesta chiseled out the latest chapter in this liturgy of failure. Like a romantic hero, Chelsea seem destined to always fall at the last hurdle – their tragic flaw in character a willingness to implode at the most inopportune moments. Except, unlike a romantic hero, everybody hates us.

To be fair, there is something refreshing about the line-up for the Champions League final. For the first time I can remember, the two finalists have been consistently playing Europe’s best football over the course of the season. It’s also the first time this century that both finalists top their respective domestic leagues. But that will come as little comfort to any Chelsea fan, particularly after their heroics (yes, that word again) over two legs against a Barcelona team that has scored more than 100 league goals this season.

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2 Responses to A little bit of history repeating

  1. tio bob says:

    No no no – surely not. I cant believe Im reading this – the world ganging up against poor Chelsea – 5 years of plots and schemings by the cruel world intent on doing down those honest friendly chappies from the Kings Rd. 5 years that saw Roman & Mourinho take em top of the tree with gentle giant Terry, sweet angelic Drogba and that pillar of society Cole – and its all Deshamps’ fault. Youll have to see Fulham more often next season!!!

  2. Thomas Rooney says:

    Barcelona were fantastic and deserved to win. They have had a fabulous season.

    Top site you have here by the way.

    Really enjoy reading it.

    Would you be able to email me when you get the chance? I have a few questions for you.

    Thanks a lot,

    Thomas

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