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.
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
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?" GAME SUMMARY: May 19 in
London Chelsea 1 Man. United 0 (OT).
Goal: Drogba 116. Chelsea --
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: