There’s nothing quite like a Champions League game in the middle of the week to look forward to, and the second leg between Manchester United and Chelsea last night didn’t disappoint. I’m a United fan so I’m probably very biased, but I thought Chelsea were poor throughout the game and didn’t deserve to get anything out of the tie. It could have been so different though if a few things had changed.
Firstly, I definitely wouldn’t have started with Torres up front. I think this is an obvious comment – most people would agree that Torres hasn’t done anything recently that warrants him starting an important game. I think that the manager was going by the theory that “he has to score at some point, so why not tonight?” The reality is that Torres, on current form, was extremely unlikely to score against such a good defence.
Even if the manager had to start with Torres I still would have played Drogba. Anelka is a good player, but he doesn’t provide the same strength as Drogba. This was proved in the second half where Drogba seemed to be the only Chelsea player who still believed they could get anything out of the game.
Chelsea did have a couple of good chances though. The Lampard shot that was side footed to the keeper should have been a lot more dangerous. All in all though, United had the better chances and deserved the win over the two legs. I don’t think they will win the treble though – Barcelona will be too strong in the final for whoever gets there.