Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was left wondering what if after the Blues won the English FA Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United Saturday in overtime of the first final at the new Wembley Stadium.
Didier Drogba's goal in the 116th minute decided the game and denied United a league and cup double. Drogba's goal was his 33rd of the season. The Ivorian scored Chelsea's two goals in the League Cup final victory over Arsenal and finished the Premier League season as its top scorer with 20 goals.
United edged Chelsea by six points for the EPL title, denying Mourinho's Blues three straight league championships after an injury-plagued campaign.
The Ivorian duly steered home the winner, his 33rd and final goal of a fantastic season, to leave Mourinho and the Blues fans wondering what might have been.
"I'm not a magician, I cannot predict things," said Mourinho, "but if we did this with players limping and losing an important player every week, we can ask -- what would Chelsea's season be if Petr Cech was not out for four months, if John Terry was not out ... if Ricardo Carvalho was not out ... with [Michael] Essien playing central defender and [Arjen] Robben and Ashley Cole playing limping. What could Chelsea's season be without these problems?"
May 19 in London
Chelsea 1 Man. United 0 (OT). Goal: Drogba 116.
Chelsea -- Cech, Paulo Ferreira, Terry, Essien, Bridge, Makelele, Mikel, Lampard, Wright-Phillips (Kalou, 93), J.Cole (Robben 46; A.Cole, 108), Drogba.
Man. United -- Van der Sar, Brown, Vidic, Ferdinand, Heinze, Fletcher (Smith 92), Carrick (O'Shea, 113), Scholes, Giggs (Solskjaer, 113), Cristiano Ronaldo, Rooney.
Referee: Steve Bennett.