An incredible day for Chelsea as we secure a top 4 spot and will be playing in the Champions League next season. Frank Lampard’s double confirmed that and also, confirmed his as Chelsea’s top goal scorer as he surpassed Bobby Tambling’s record of 202 goals. A Chelsea legend and one of the best midfielders in the Premier League’s history. An energetic and action-packed match saw 2 red cards (Benteke and Ramires), 2 injuries (Hazard and Terry) and a Chelsea comeback.
What We Learned :
1. Frank Lampard – Chelsea legend
2. Lee Mason – questionable officiating
3. Demba Ba in horrible form
4. Aston Villa fans with some disgusting stuff
5. Top 4 secured
1. Frank Lampard – Chelsea legend:
203 goals from a midfielder. What a massive achievement for Frank Lampard and in one of the best circumstances possible. Down 1-0 with 10 men, then he scored 2 to secure CL football for next season.
Since his move westwards across London in 2001, Frank has been an ever-present figure in the blue of Chelsea, clocking over 600 starts to date. He has seen the Blues through their meteoric rise to Premier League champions; and has fought tooth and nail to win the Champions League as well as the FA Cup, League Cup and the Community Shield.
Whether he moves on or not, Frank will be able to hold his head high, having been a key figure in the best Chelsea side in history and the 8 major trophies won by Frank at Chelsea will stand as a testimony to his greatness.
2. Lee Mason – questionable officiating:
Not going to rant and rage about his performance today, but he didn’t have the greatest performance today.
Could have sent off Terry and Benteke (in the first half). Ramires could have stayed on the pitch, the Demba Ba goal could have been given, few other calls (Weimann dive, tackle by Ba, etc.). There were a lot of things that Lee Mason didn’t call, that should have been called and things that he did call, that shouldn’t have been called. He could have down a better job, that’s for sure.
Here’s the Demba Ba incident. Looks over the line to me, not blaming the linesman for it because of the bodies, but it shows how much goal line technology is needed and it’s coming to the EPL next season.
3. Demba Ba in horrible form:
Demba Ba missed a lot of good chances. His movement wasn’t the best, he wasn’t passing well, he wasn’t creating space for other players to run into. He did a lot of things wrong today, perhaps very unlucky to see his effort not given (as it crossed the line). Demba Ba hasn’t been playing well as of late, at all. He’s been on and off since signing for Chelsea. Whether it’s the Rafa Benitez squad rotation that’s got him struggling or whether it’s down to him – I’m not sure, but what I am sure of, is that he’s playing quite bad. He was horrendous today and I feel that had Torres started, it could have been very different. However, I wouldn’t want it any different considering the outcome of the match. Nonetheless, Demba Ba was poor today and has been for some time. Torres will start in the Europa League (since Ba is cup-tied), but even if Ba wasn’t cup-tied, I wouldn’t want him starting.
4. Aston Villa fans with some disgusting stuff:
This is going to be somewhat short one, but I want to get the point across and leave it at that :
1) Throwing bottles at Ivanovic
2) Chanting “Let him die” at John Terry (with Petrov in the stands)
3) Cheering as Terry tried to get up, but fell back down
This is absolutely unacceptable. Other fans on Twitter were very happy with Terry being down (Spurs, Liverpool and United fans). It’s disgusting. I don’t care what fan base it is and what player it is, you don’t do that.
You also don’t throw bottles at an opposing player who’s done NOTHING to you and is minding his business. Nasty stuff.
Chanting “Let him die” at Terry while Stan Petrov (who has acute leukemia – a life threatening illness) is in the stands is also very disgusting. Unacceptable stuff from Aston Villa supporters.
The minority that did this deserve to be banned and fined for their actions, but remember that the small group of Villa fan’s actions doesn’t mean all of their supporters are bad.
5. Top 4 secured:
A very short one, but a very important one.
We’re going to be playing Champions League football next season, for sure. This means that Tottenham and Arsenal will battle it out for the last spot.
1. Terry and Hazard hurt – missing EL final?
2. Does Lampard breaking record change his contract status?
Thanks for reading this edition of “What We Learned”. A monumental day for Chelsea and Frank Lampard! Leave your comments and or questions in the comment section below or contact me on Twitter (username below).