Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Another great night at the Camp Nou
Congratulations to Chelsea, who last night claimed a magnificent result away to Barcelona to seal their place in their second Champions League final.
On May 19th, Chelsea will fly to Munich to face either Bayern or Real Madrid, a opponent who will be determined tonight.
Chelsea's triumph came at a cost, with midfielders Ramires, Raul Meireles, and defenders Branislav Ivanovic and club captain John Terry all suspended for the final.
The West London club will be hoping Gary Cahill and David Luiz can recover from injuries to be fit in time for the final. Expect Bosingwa and the superb Ashley Cole to play in the full-back positions.
Mikel and Essien, will probably join Lampard in the midfield three, so thanks to Chelsea's strong squad, something which wasn't notice by Andre Villas-Boas, the suspensions won't be as crippling as first thought.
Congratulations to Roberto Di Matteo for a fantastic and well deserved result.
As for Barcelona, a small 21 man squad, although recognised by some as the greatest of all time, are in the end, just as human as anyone else. Fatigue and injuries have depleted the squad and left Barca falling short in the final straight.
On to tonight's semi-final second leg in Madrid.