Top 10 conclusions Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona
1. Yet again we are going to spend the aftermath of a big match talking about refereeing decisions rather than the football itself. Tom Henning Ovrebo had a bit of a nightmare. OK, a lot of a nightmare. In Barca’s defence, he reserved his worst decision for them – there is no way Eric Abidal should have been sent-off.
2. You can call me Mystic Rob. The narrative of that match was written all over it so much that in the first-half I Tweeted:
“I reckon that early goal was bad news for Chelsea. It’s all going well for now, but giving Barca an excuse to attack for 80mins.” And: “I smell last minute tears…”
3. Fans of attacking football, methinks that last-gasp goal might have made for a more entertaining final. Now we concentrate on the football rather than whether John Terry will cry or not.
4. Those were two stunning goals. We mustn’t forget that in all of the furore. Essien’s in particular was out of this world.
5. Barcelona were really poor. I haven’t seen a team pass the ball about and have so much possession without creating anything since… well, Arsenal. For all the hype and expectations (and the fact that they actually won the tie) they never really produced anything in 180 minutes of football.
6. Pep Guardiola could be a future Chelsea manager. He seems to mastered the Jose Mourinho tactic of being more entertaining than his team!
7. Michael Ballack was hilarious after the handball shout was turned down. I thought he was going to eat the referee (see above).
8. The post-match scenes were disgraceful. Unless you can overlook the vitriol and just look at flip-flop clad Didier Drogba swearing at TV cameras and think ‘that is pretty damn funny’.
9. I suppose that result theoretically halves the number of Britons who will get their buttocks stabbed in Rome.
10. Yes, Chelsea fans. You probably should have had at least three penalties.
What did you conclude, people?