Chelsea Beats Liverpool to Claim FA Cup: Fan Reaction

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Chelsea once again came up with the big win. After booking a spot in the Champions League final by downing FC Barcelona April 24, the Blues beat Liverpool 2-1 to claim the FA Cup May 5 in Wembley Stadium. A Chelsea side who were dominated in Premier League play when the faced Liverpool sought a different result with silverware on the line, and found it.

The win put Chelsea level all-time with Liverpool and Aston Villa with seven FA Cup wins each, and it was the fourth win is six years for the Blues.

Drogba again

Didier Drogba had scored a goal in every domestic cup final he played in for Chelsea going in. That includes three FA Cup finals, and two League Cup finals. He can add another outing to those stats. Drogba scored the match-winner for his eighth career strike at Wembley. He's out of contract this summer, and could be in his final stretch with the Chelsea side. If so, he has the Champions League final for a chance to put an incredible ending on his run with the Blues.

What will become of Dalglish?

It was thought that perhaps an FA Cup win would have put a fine sheen on the season Liverpool endured, but that will not happen. It would have been a thin veneer no matter the outcome at Wembley. By losing the FA Cup, the wounds are laid even more bare. Liverpool's Premier League season has them sitting at eighth in the league, a full 34 points behind the leaders, Manchester City and Manchester United. In EPL play, Liverpool are 13-10-13.

Two of the wins were against Chelsea. The loss on the big stage to a club they had beaten twice will surely sting, and the question has to be asked as to whether Kenny Dalglish will survive the aftermath. The fans may still be with him, but Liverpool's ownership may not.

Quite the turnaround

The FA Cup victory is yet another feather in the cap of Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo is one step closer to locking up the job as the man guiding Chelsea next season. Since he replaced the fired Andre Villas-Boas in March, the Blues have only lost two games while winning 11 and earning four draws.

In spite of all of that, the promotion from interim to permanent still might hinge on one more game. It's no secret Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants a Champions League win. If that happens, how could he not make the move?

Congratulations to Chelsea on a fine run of play late in the season and a big FA Cup win. Incidentally, Chelsea will go to to Anfield to play Liverpool again in EPL play May 8.

Jeff Musall is a longtime fan of international and league soccer wherever the beautiful game is played. He enjoyed the FA Cup and looks forward to a fine Champions League final when Chelsea meet Bayern Munich.

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