Can Chelsea get something out of their Season by Winning the Champions League?
We’ve seen it so many times before. Teams strive so hard to get themselves into a silverware winning position, sometimes several of them in one season. Then they falter at the last hurdle and end the season with nothing to show for all their hard work. Chelsea could join that club this season if they do not overcome Manchester City in the Champions League final.
They had a chance to lift the FA Cup for the 9th time in the club’s history when they faced Leicester City last weekend at Wembley. They came up short. The Foxes won a tight game, even though Chelsea had most of the possession.
They won the club’s first-ever FA Cup at the fourth time of asking, thanks to a stunning strike from 24-year-old Belgian-born Youri Tieleman.
Chelsea pressed for an equalizer, but Leicester’s captain and 34-year-old Danish-born goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel, pulled off a magnificent save in the closing moments to deny Chelsea’s, Mason Mount.
Schmeichel’s wonder-save won the Foxes the trophy as sure as did Tieleman’s goal. These moments are what make or break games. It is like what happened to Manchester City, the Pensioner’s opponents, in the Champions League final, when they played Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League semi-final. This time the good fortune favoured City.
The Sky Blues won a free-kick that was taken by 30-year-old French Algerian-born Riyad Mahrez. Unfortunately for PSG and their 34-year-old goalkeeper Keylor Navas, the PSG wall allowed the ball to slip through. Navas didn’t see it until it was too late, and didn’t stand a chance.
It’s strange that neither City nor Chelsea have a top free-kick specialist. The closest Chelsea gets is Mason Mount, and for City, it’s Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez.
But when you look at the best free-kick takers in the English Premier League, there is only one who currently really stands out, and that is Southampton’s James Ward Prowse. He has scored some beauties, and people are dubbing him the new David Beckham.
Chelsea and England international Mason Mount is good but not in Ward Prowse’s class when it comes to scoring from set-pieces.
When Chelsea and Manchester United met just over one week ago at the Etihad, it was Chelsea that came out on top 2-1, with Marius Alonso scoring a goal in injury time. It was a good win, but City are now 16 points ahead of Chelsea and have clinched the EPL title, so it was something of a hollow victory.
But after losing out to Leicester in the FA Cup Final, the Champions League final is the Pensioner’s last remaining chance of silverware this season. The question is, can they beat City again? We will have to wait and see.