Chelsea vs. Barcelona: Epic Win Leaves Blues Terribly Shorthanded for UEFA Final
The 10-man performance Chelsea put forward at Camp Nou yesterday will be the stuff of legend.
The stupidity of John Terry. The brilliance of Ramires near the end of half. The mistakes from the world's best player Lionel Messi.
And, of course, the redemption of Fernando Torres. His match-sealing score is already being heralded as the 50-million-pound goal—the cost of his transfer fee from Liverpool last winter.
The win was one of the biggest in the football club's storied history and elevates them into the UEFA Champions League final—a place they've only been once before.
But they won't be there at full strength.
Four Chelsea starters will miss the Final—against either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid—on May 19 in Munich.
Captain John Terry will serve a mandatory one-match ban after receiving a red card yesterday. His pointless knee to Alexis Sanchez atop the box will certainly go down as one of the dumbest moves in football history.
One of the semifinal heroes, Ramires, defender Branislav Ivanovic and midfielder Raul Meireles will also be unavailable after earning three bookings during the competition.
Caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo has had his back against the wall since taking over, but this is one hell of a setback.
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The Blues are going to have to rely on the likes of Didier Drogba, who has been sensational in the latter portion of the tournament, midfielder Frank Lampard, defender Ashley Cole and keeper Petr Cech.
It remains to be seen how long Gary Cahill will be out in the central defense with an injury and that leaves the English side without a presence in the middle.
Chelsea's run to the UEFA Champions League final has been truly magical, and this could very possibly be their year, but they'll have to do it terribly shorthanded on May 19.
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