Chelsea and their inspirational captain John Terry gave the perfect reply to their critics and the perfect comeback result for their fans on Sunday by convincingly defeating Stoke City 2-0 in the their FA Cup quarterfinal showdown.
Chelsea were back to doing what they does best, "Making their opponents look hapless victims to their wrath." After a slight dip in form, due to a defensive injury crisis, Chelsea were back in their old skin.
Stoke's defense had a nightmarish time against the Blues' waves of attacks. Chelsea had their two fit defenders Alex and Paulo Ferreira back in the squad for the match. Carlo Ancelotti used three strikers up front, Drogba, Anelka, and Kalou, to create pressure on the Potters. It worked perfectly as the trio created waves of attacks on the Potters' net. In the end Stoke collapsed under the pressure and two solid goals from Frank Lampard and John Terry ended Stoke's impressive run in the FA Cup.
After the 2-1 loss to Inter Milan in their Champions League face-off at San Siro and the shocking 4-2 defeat at home to Manchester City, many people had criticised Chelsea's lack of creativity. They had commented that Chelsea would be unable to win the Premier League, leave alone the Champions League. There was also buzz that Chelsea would fade out as fast as their rise to the top. Sunday's performance put the lid on all such criticism.
Terry's goal celebration also showed that the resurgent Blues were back in form. The Potters fans had booed Terry on the pitch all through the game, but after scoring Chelsea's second goal the Blues' captain went the corner and showed his captain's armband. He proved that all the criticism is not going to affect his performance on the pitch.
Lampard has also returned to form by scoring his 16th goal of the season. The Blues' will hope that their injured players Petr Cech and Michael Essien makes speedy recoveries and get back in action soon.
The defending champions will now face Aston Villa in the semifinals of the FA Cup. The win against Stoke was a huge boost for Chelsea's confidence after those two successive defeats. The resurrected Blues' will now move ahead with more confidence in their quest for the Treble, (winning the FA Cup, EPL and the Champions League all in the same year). This may surely be the Blues' season.