Sincere condolences to Chelsea and their “born again” fans – people who in the vast majority have been converted by a certain Russian’s billions.
Once again on the European stage Benitez has proved to be the master of Mourinho over two legs. Granted Liverpool never looked like scoring at Stamford Bridge (aside of the sublime moment of magic from Steven Gerrad) but Chelsea were also at best lethargic at Anfield.
A number of Chelsea fans have hailed Mourinho for been spot on with his substitutions in the past but did he run out of ideas on the night? There was no pulling off a center back to bring on a wide player, nor was there a radical tactical shift to 2-1-7 from a defensive 4-3-3. He seemed listless, uncharacteristically un animated and on the whole dour faced. Maybe the “special one” just lost the plot and failed to read the game as well as his fans seem to believe.
Well my beloved Liverpool failed to score the decisive 2nd goal in regulation time but Kuyt hit the cross bar, Cech saved superbly from both Crouch and Kuyt and Gerrad seemed to have forgotten how to shoot. Considering the meagre returns on the Abrahamovic millions in European football surely this is the end of the road for Mourinho at Chelsea?
Thanks to the Anfield “12th Man”. As Rafa Benitez famously said “The real special ones are the Liverpool fans at Anfield; when you run out hearing ‘You’ll never walk alone’ being belowed out from the throats of the Anfield faithful you suddenly believe you can do the impossible.
Congratulations to the real special ones — I hope Man Utd get dumped out by AC Milan so we can settle our grudge match with AC in Athens! Watch this space guys
“You’ll Never Walk Alone”