Monday, May 12, 2008

Chelsea denied

Barney Ronay in The Guardian:

Credit to the losers as well. In the build-up Petr Cech had advanced the view that "history only remembers winners". Chelsea deserve a little better than this. This has been a wonderfully bloody-minded and cussed pursuit by a team with genuine steel, a quality it draws from its core of indomitable spirits in key positions. Under both Avram Grant and José Mourinho Chelsea might not have played with a consistently thrilling, gung-ho commitment to attack. But football would be a poorer, less satisfying business all round if there was no reward for this type of cussed, physically resilient, attritional brand of excellence. It's not supposed to be basketball.
And there's always Moscow.

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