Posted by Barrie on Thursday, 7 May 2009

Who was at fault for Chelsea's Champions League exit?

After getting what they wanted at the Nou Camp, a 0-0 draw, Chelsea played for a 1-0 on Wednesday night in the second leg against Barcelona, and had what they wanted after just 10 minutes thanks to a wonder strike from Michael Essien.

After that Barcelona had a lot of possession, but failed to test Petr Cech thanks to Chelsea's stern defence. They had numerous penalty claims turned down. Whilst one was a dive from Drogba, another where he was tripped, that don't often get given, there were 2 handballs there that the referee, Tom Ovrebo just ignored like it wasn't an offence, the last coming in the 93rd minute that had Michael Ballack chasing him up the field shouting at him. No other ref would have let him get away with that either, that would have been a yellow card, but this referee didn't seem to have a clue.

Whilst the referee can't be accused of being ordered by Michel Platini, after his soft sending off of Eric Abidal mid-way through the second half, this referee struggled to keep up with the demands of to Champions League semi final standards, if Champions League standard at all. Is it just me, or is this often the case with Norwegian and Danish officials? The world of football misses the likes of Anders Frisk, Lubos Michel and even Pierluigi Collina would have given the correct decisions on Wednesday night.

Speaking of Anders Frisk, it is pathetic to hear once again that Chelsea "fans" have been giving Mr Ovrebo death threats. That's not on. Poor refereeing or not.

Chelsea had an extra man for the final 25 minutes and failed to capitalise on this. Even before the red card, Drogba missed a simple chance by scuffing his left foot attempt at Victor Valdes. And when they went a man up they didn't seem to want to put the game away. Of course this is Hiddink's style, a risky one, especially playing against Barcelona. And it backfired. A sliced clearance from Michael Essien lead to Andres Iniesta's strike from 20 yards into the top corner in injury time to book a place in Rome to meet Manchester United in this year's Champions League final. Regardless of the penalty claims they had, they could have attacked a bit more to seal off the game.

Chelsea players were understandably distraught after the game, and I can understand Didier Drogba's outburst at the end of the game that has got everyone talking. Whilst being renowned for his play-acting on the field, Drogba is a determined competitor and his emotions were clearly runing high at the end of the game. He's bound to get a fine and maybe even a suspension now from UEFA, but from a football fan's point of view I've got a little more respect for him after this incident, and from the media's point of view, they enjoyed it.

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At 8 May 2009 at 00:15 , Anonymous bridgeboy said...

we were beaten by 14 men !

Plattini and Blatter I hope you are happy you cheating ****s !

Utter disgrace !

At 8 May 2009 at 09:48 , Anonymous chelsea-til-i-die said...

refs fault nuff said. fuckin cheat

At 18 May 2009 at 15:49 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quality. They should all be suspended though and I hope FIFA punish them heavily. Chelsea scum


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