Chelsea add to rich history
Chelsea's supposed lack of history has become a familiar refuge for the desperate and just the plain old jealous since the advent of the riches of the Roman Abramovich era.
The refrain is used around Premier League grounds to suggest any success enjoyed at Stamford Bridge is solely down to the wielding of the mighty Russian chequebook - and is a factual nonsense.
This is, of course, the club that won the European Cup Winners' Cup by beating Real Madrid as far back as 1971 - even before a succession of magnificent Liverpool teams started their haul of silverware on the continent.
It never does any harm, however, to write fresh chapters in the record books to serve as a timely reminder to your doubters and Carlo Ancelotti was the author as Chelsea deservedly beat Portsmouth in the FA Cup final to complete the first domestic Double in the club's history.
And Chelsea added to the Premier League crown won with an 8-0 victory against Wigan Athletic last Sunday after an incident-riddled Wembley encounter that belied their one-goal victory margin.
Chelsea struck the woodwork five times in the first half alone and each side missed a penalty for the first time in FA Cup Final history, with all the action played out on another horrendous Wembley playing surface.
Kevin-Prince Boateng will reflect for the rest of his days on the missed penalty, saved easily by Petr Cech, that could have given Portsmouth an unlikely lead after Chelsea had spent the first 45 minutes peppering the frame of David James' goal.
Cech's second-half penalty save proved key to Chelsea's win - photo: AP
Boateng's sinking feeling was compounded within minutes when Didier Drogba, unstoppable on any sort of Wembley turf it would appear, placed a free-kick perfectly beyond David James on the hour.
Chelsea were even able to survive the rarity of a Frank Lampard penalty miss in the closing moments before celebrating a triumphant end to Ancelotti's first season.
The weight of expectation on the shoulders of the laconic Ancelotti was emphasised when, after making Chelsea only the seventh club to win the league and FA Cup Double, it was suggested he swiftly needs to turn his attention to winning the Champions League to satisfy Abramovich's lust for domination.
But expectation is a burden that sits easily with the relaxed figure of Ancelotti, who suggested a success that may help Chelsea's fans push the memories of the wonders of the Jose Mourinho era even further into the background, was down to good fortune.
Modest to a fault when asked about his new status as the man who made Stamford Bridge history, he said: "I am normal. I am lucky to find AC Milan and then to find another fantastic club, a club where my job is easy."
Not easy by any means - but the trick of the best managers is to make it look easy, and for the most part this season Ancelotti has done that.
It is too early to describe Ancelotti as the man who removed the spectre of Mourinho from Stamford Bridge. After all, it was more or less a Mourinho team that won the Double, but even a World Cup winner like Luiz Felipe Scolari proved this is not simply a case of pointing the vehicle in the right direction.
Ancelotti has impressively maintained the rejuvenation started by Guus Hiddink with his phlegmatic approach to victory and defeat. He has ensured Chelsea approached the business end of the season in prime condition and has been rewarded with a guaranteed place in the club's Hall of Fame.
And the other key contributor to Chelsea's landmark feat was Drogba, who scored in his third FA Cup Final, adding to his winner against Manchester United in 2007 and his goal in the victory against Everton last season.
Drogba remains one of the Premier League's prime drama queens, but overriding all this is his unquestioned status as a world-class striker with the complete set of weapons in his armoury.
He is dangerous from any range, as he proved with his decisive contribution from 20 yards and another staggering first-half free-kick that James turned on to the bar and down on to the line. Near or far, he is never anything less than a menace when in the mood.
Drogba has scored six Wembley goals in six competitive finals and semi-finals - photo: Getty
And, at the conclusion of a time of personal trauma, John Terry can now go into the history books as the Chelsea captain who lifted the title and the FA Cup in the space of six days.
There seemed some disquiet, surprise even, that former England captain Terry was so outspoken and openly critical of the Football Association and Wembley's pitch after the game. As someone who has suffered this awful experience on a regular basis, he is well within his rights to do so and his words hit the mark.
For all the talk of a better surface, there was little sign of improvement. Indeed the best those involved could offer up by way of a compliment was that at least it was bad in a different way to the ice rink effect offered up in the FA Cup semi-finals.
The FA can talk all it likes about difficult microclimates or other underlying causes of this embarrassing problem. The bottom line is its opulent new home is being constantly undermined by the most important area of the stadium, namely the pitch. The FA should not expect criticism to disappear until it is cured.
As for Pompey, Avram Grant's team was all heart and the splash of colour and wall of sound provided by their wonderful supporters should be a source of pride to this deeply troubled club.
Grant did not go quietly either, although he appeared a man in denial when he suggested, with a misguided optimism bordering on self-delusion, this was not a fair result and Pompey deserved more.
Sorry Avram, it has been a great ride but Portsmouth can have no serious complaints about the merit of Chelsea's win.
Grant then jumped aboard his familiar, and by now surely exhausted, old hobby horse about Pompey's players and fans being punished for events elsewhere because the club entered administration.
And he carried on a familiar theme by once again launching into the FA and Premier League for their refusal to back Portsmouth's appeal to play in next season's Europa League after reaching the FA Cup final.
The normally deadpan Grant even broke into animation and banged the desk in front of him in fury at this so-called injustice, which was actually a result of Pompey's inability to file their accounts in time because the club was in administration - a criterion for a Uefa club licence.
It was all passionate, but pointless, stuff and Grant may need to be aware that not everyone regards Portsmouth's run to Wembley as the epitome of the romance of the FA Cup, despite the heroics of his hard-pressed players.
Indeed Grant's own loyalty to the Portsmouth cause, and no-one can fail to be impressed by the way he has become a figure to rally around at Fratton Park, may soon be put to the test by an offer from West Ham.
In many respects this was the end of an era for Portsmouth, who will now start again in the Championship with a team that is likely to bear little or no resemblance to the one that fought so hard at Wembley, despite being so obviously inferior.
Chelsea may also be entering a period of renewal, with fresher, younger faces likely to be injected into a side laced with vast experience.
And it is something Ancelotti appeared to be planning for just minutes after what is becoming a bit of a habit, namely taking the acclaim of Chelsea's fans.
Chelsea have a history - and Ancelotti could relax with a glass of his beloved fine red wine safe in the knowledge that he has added to it spectacularly in the last week.