The pitch was covered in puddles and the fans in the stands were soaked. The weather didn’t dampen the supporters’ spirits though, nor did it deter the Blues. Sometimes it doesn’t rain, it pours; that was the case this weekend at soggy Stamford Bridge when Chelsea managed to play through the weather and rain three goals on West Ham.
There was a brief worrying moment in the 41st minute when Petr Cech’s elbow caught David Luiz in the head. At first glance I thought he was out cold, but he seemed to just needed a minute to get himself together and was back in action. Then, just before the end of the first half, Frank Lampard managed to slip past Robert Green and score his first goal against his former club.
Whether it was West Ham or the torrential rain, Chelsea were held off until late in the second half. In the 84th minute, Fernando Torres made everyone forget the inclement weather when he scored a beauty of a goal, his first in Chelsea blue. The goal and the moments following were utterly beautiful, and are a highlight of the season for me.
To see Torres’ familiar goal celebration, yet for Chelsea, was brilliant as was the pile of players who jumped on him, sharing in their teammate’s joy. After a stressful season, I loved watching the smile on Carlo Ancelotti’s face, our clearly delighted captain John Terry and how utterly excited David Luiz was! What a moment!
The scoring continued not long after, when Torres made a pass to Florent Malouda in injury time. There has since been speculation about whether or not Torres meant the ball to go to him; nevertheless, Malouda hammered it in, ending the match with a score of 3-0 to Chelsea.
As usual, I was watching the match with the True Blues (Vancouver’s Official Chelsea Supporters’ Club) and it made for a beautiful Saturday. The atmosphere in the pub was fantastic; we were singing for Torres and it almost felt like we’d won the league, not just witnessed a significant goal and a nice win.
Mark Worrall speaks of the “glorious unpredictability” of Chelsea in his book Over Land and Sea and this season is the epitome of that sentiment. From free-scoring Champions to fifth in the league to climbing back up to second, this is truly a season where anything can happen. I’m still holding out hope that our boys retain the title in 2011 and who knows: they just might!
Written by Danielle
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