10 Years after the magical touchline run by Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford; the Stamford Bridge faithful witnessed their ‘Special’ Boss at his best last night in London. A priceless 87th minute goal from outcast Demba Ba handed Mourinho’s men the ticket to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
‘We’ve done it before’, rung throughout the faithful present at the Bridge long before kick-off as the Blues tried to repeat the performance against Napoli 3 seasons ago. The evening, however, couldn’t have started on a worse note as Chelsea’s heartbeat Eden Hazard limped off to be replaced by German international Andre Schurrle in the 17th minute. The German one of the players who started in the first leg was relegated to the bench despite a spirited performance at the weekend. However, it didn’t take long as the former Bayer Leverkursen man repaid the faith shown by Mourinho with a 32nd minute opener after some lapse in concentration in the PSG back-four. PSG looked threatening every time they set up an attack, Brazilian Lucas Moura in particular, whose pace was too much for any Blue to handle. Persistence pays off more often than not and indeed it did for Chelsea. Andre Schurrle smacked a first time shot against the bar and minutes later, Oscar did the same from a free-kick just on the edge of the box.Jose Mourinho is regarded as one of the best managers in the world for a reason and his 2 substitutions proved his billing as a top-dog. Bringing on 2 strikers in place of 2 midfielders, was virtually a throwing of the kitchen sink move and it paid off 3 minutes from time when Senegalese frontman pounced upon the ball 4 yards from goal to snatch the all important leveller in aggregate score. Probably, Demba Ba must’ve scored the most important goal of Chelsea’s campaign and the irony of Mourinho playing with his 3 not ‘real’ strikers for the last 10 minutes showed how much a win meant to the Portuguese boss.
Its still a long way to emulate what Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea went on to accomplish after the Napoli win but one wouldn’t bet against Jose at this juncture the way things are at the Bridge.