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Exciting FA cup final

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by assoosse (U11115117) 15 May 2010
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Two poor penalties and five times hitting the framework.

It was one of the most open FA cup final. Two attacking teams one deservedly winning the league and the other one undeservedly finishing bottom of the league. Credit to Pompey for playing attacking football all season. We could have seen a different game if Fulham or Stoke were playing Chelsea instead putting everybody behind the ball.

Chelsea totally dominated the first half but Pompey came back in the second half and could have taken the lead if they have taken their penalty.

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comment by brian (U13852931)

posted May 16, 2010

I have just watched the FA Cup for a second time
and yes Portsmouth were aggressive in some of the tackles and they got 4 Yellows. However I feel Foy was delinquent in his assesment of Chelsea,s vigorous play I saw at least 4 tackles that should have been yellow and Terry should have had almost a red but got nothing.
Obviously he will most likely get a red in the World cup Other Refs wont be so lenient.

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posted May 16, 2010

It was a result which many predicted but a performance which reminded us that the magic of the FA Cup is still alive and kicking for all to see. With their embarrassment of riches all over the park, Chelsea were always going to be firm favourites to win this encounter at Wembley. Champions and 1st in the league against relegated and bottom club in the league. Surely there was only going to be one winner?

And that is how it turned out but my, weren't the Londoners made to work for their victory. Okay, luck was on Pompey's side as their opposition unbelievably hit the frame of the goal 5 times in the first half, staggering really. But, the deadlock was finally broken with a superb free kick from their Ivorion forward Didier Drogba and from that stage when the ball was in the back of the net, you really couldn't see Chelsea surrendering their slender one goal advantage.

As the underdogs and with nothing to lose, Portsmouth were commited and courageous battling to the very end. Statistics say it was all one way traffic and to an extent it was but credit the south coast club, they brought so much to the table to make it into a competitive contest and not just a forgone conclusion which many beforehand had predicted. In my opinion, the turning point of the match was the missed penalty by Kevin Prince-Boetang, the German midfielder on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.

For many in a white shirt on Saturday afternoon, it will have been their final ever appearance for Portsmouth. Going down into the lottery that is the Championship, they will be selling their most valuable assets to generate more funds to pay off their mounting debts. It is almost like a continuos, viscous cycle but the club has been mis-managed and are now having to pay the severe consequences. Promotion next season? In all honesty, I would be very surprised. They are in a transitional period and consolidation will be their main aim. Working their way back up slowly is the only foreseeable option they really have.

As for Chelsea, they deserved their title and their double over the course of the season. They have a team packed full of internationals, many of whom will be plying their trade in South Africa at this summers World Cup. Supposedly having an experienced yet aging squad, it will be interesting to see what movements Carlo Ancelotti makes in the transfer market, if any.

In his first season in English football, the Italian has banished memories of the special one and is now creating his own legacy. They will be the team to beat next season. A great showpiece finale to what has been a great season. Outstanding.

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posted May 16, 2010

Chelsea can't be accused of underestimating the tradition and importance of the FA cup. It has been the springboard for our recent success and amongst glorious victories, we can point to Leeds and United. The cup is romance, it's a stage for dreamers and adventurers. Hopefully, every Chelsea player understands that their fans love the chance to visit the national stadium on a very important public occasion. The cup rescued Fergie's career, it has provided us with Magic moments such as Di Matteo's super strike and Drogba's late winner against United and a whole host of fairy tale games for lesser lights throughout the years. It is important that Ancellotti hasn't lost that importance in translation as Hiddink, Gullit, Vialli and Mourinho did not. The media love an underdog and the cup always throws up a story such as Portsmouth for the neutral to rally behind.

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comment by oxee (U14470729)

posted May 16, 2010

It was an awesome cup final despite there being only one goal scored and an air of inevitability about the result from the word go.

Chelsea deserved the win but credit must be given to Pompey fans - echoes of Middlesborough in 1997.

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posted May 16, 2010

Congrats to Mourinho for winning the league and also completing the double, he said that he believed Chelsea would win the league after beating United and he was right. We owe him a great debt for helping us believe we were winners and helped break the old guard and envigorate a stagnant league as he has done in Italy. Ancellotti has used Jose's players very well and hopefully he can add to the good work of the special one, Raineiri, Vialli, Gullit and Hoddle. It's been a great week and hopefully Inter win the CL. Bad luck Raineiri but it seems to be your pattern of finshing a little short of the line. Although you have a great eye for talented players, Mourinho molds them into winners...forever in his debt. Now onto a new era and firmly behind Carlo's angels
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Yes mourinho is one the greatest managers in the world,BUT how on earth can you thank him for winning us the double!!!
Are you stupid!
yes hes a great manager for inter and was for chelsea but move on
ancelotti has GUIDED us to the double and a real humble man,everybody says its mourinhos day against bayern on for the double and all,But so is louis van gaal and he hasnt go half as much credit as jose,sometimes is charisma helps to get alot more plaudits than other humble managers deserve,

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posted May 16, 2010

SORRY MY MISTAKE. everyone says it mourinhos day against bayern on for the TREBLE**** but so is louis van gaal

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posted May 17, 2010

I would personally say that romance does not go far enough with Chelsea's love affair with the FA cup. I'd say it is intertwined with the legacy Chelsea have been undoubtedly making on the English game since their second birth in 2003. Examples have been already given with Drogba's onside winner against the 11-time winners, and even prior to this with the aforementioned Di Matteo strike, which is still shown on the introduction scenes to many football FA cup shows. This is just the tip of the iceberg with regards to Chelsea's influence and high regard. In religious terms, a second birth brings a new life, a new beginning, a chance for the individual to start over. But Chelsea's second birth and consequent increase in hardcore support came money, and lots of it.

Great you may think, but with money comes a whole new set of ideals. Just look at your ex-manager Mourinho, with all his charisma, yet upon his departure Chelsea fans were singing his name despite it being Avram's first game. They reminded me of a baby crying for its mother's teet, for comfort and security. Despite Avram's results being as good as Jose's he was not allowed to continue, his lack of charisma was simply not going to turn Chelsea into a global brand that would appeal to millions. Which raises the question, is Chelsea being turned into a money making global brand? or a footballing revolution against the oppressive regime? Are the two ideas mutually exclusive?

Chelsea susceptibility to implosion has been seen twice in the past at Old Trafford, with the start of the new reign of Grant and the end of the Scolari reign, which ended in Drogba's air kick. Scolari was yet another man who lacked the charisma to propel Chelsea onto the world stage.

Will Ancelotti be the man do to this? He has the results so far. Does he have the charisma? Well certainly his eyebrow movement which happens colaterally to him speaking in after match interviews certainly provides a front to keep the mob happy at present. Will he be the man to drive this front forward into the stratospheric heights and profits of the all-time greatest clubs? Who knows.

Nonetheless I wish you good luck in your ascent, it would be un-British not to do so.

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posted May 17, 2010

Boeteng should hang his head in shame. It's not so much that he missed the penalty, he took it so poorly. As a professional, he has to do better. What was he thinking? He bottled it. Completely bottled it. Missed the chance to write history and bottled it. He shouldnt have even took it.

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