5 wins and 1 draw in this final month ensured our champions league involvement next season, and also earned us another European title to be proud of...
Premier League & Europa League
Even with a record-breaking 69 games that we played this season, our boys didn't even seem to dampen in spirit as we earned ourselves 3 wins and 1 draw in the premier league to seal third place and champions league involvement. It was good that United had already won, so it was perhaps our win for the taking, but the game against Spurs was a bit unfortunate, as we could have sealed it there. Nevertheless, the draw kept us ahead, and a victory against Aston Villa ensured our top four spot, and against Everton for third.
Earlier this month we won against Basel to earn ourselves another European final, and last week we finished the job that won us another European title to hold. In fact, until the Champions League final are played, we will be holding two European titles, which is something we can brag about to others. We were always favorites to win, but the road to the title wasn't easy, and it certainly is another silverware to be proud of.
By 'special boys', I meant our player of the year, our top scorer, and record-breaker. Juan Mata, on his second season in Chelsea, just earned himself his second player of the year award, obviously because of his vision, ability, skills, goals scored, assists, and consistency. That is a lot of talent for one player, and Mata has it all. What a great pleasure it is for the club to have a player like him.
Despite all the criticism and negative statements around him, Fernando Torres actually ended this season being our top goalscorer in all competitions. Even though he struggled at times, but when injected with confidence, he performed brilliantly, and yet he is always hardworking. Recently, his performances scored us several important goals, and his body language suggests that he is playing with confidence again. He was key to our Europa League trophy as he scored 6 goals in the process. He deserved the silverware to claim his own, and we will need him to keep performing in the coming season.
10 days ago, Frank Lampard broke Bobby Tambling's 202 goal record by scoring his 202nd and 203rd goal against Aston Villa. It was such a monumental moment and glorious feeling as can be seen by the celebration of Frank himself, the players, and mostly, the fans. There was further joy as Lampard earned himself a one-year contract extension (I had hoped for more, actually) to serve the club for at least another year. He is such a professional, and is a great player, being able to play at this level, at this age. We will need his skills and experience if we are to challenge for the premier league title next season.
Thursday, 2 May 2013
11. Oscar: Brilliant at times, but not as menacing as Hazard or Mata.
12. Mikel: Did well when called upon, but lose out in my eleven due to Lampard and Luiz' brilliance in recent games.
13. Moses: Performed excellently in recent games, and scored some important goals too.
17. Hazard: The player that all teams fear, because you never know what you're gonna get from this guy. He's the most unpredictable of the three.
19. Ferreira: Called once as a left back, but performed well nevertheless.
24. Cahill: Was out injured for most of the month, but performed well in the game against Swansea.
26. Terry: Nothing more can be said about this man. We need him. Was a presence at the back, yet scored some important goals too.
28. Azpilicueta: Practically cemented his place at RB, only rotated once in a while with Brana to get some rest.
29. Ba: Scored some wonderful goals and important ones too, but not the striker we can rely on every time.
30. Benayoun: Need to learn and link up more with the players. And needs more game time as well.
34. Bertrand: Improved compared to last month's performances. Cole was injured and he deputised well this time.