jump to navigation

English FA Cup Final 2009 : Everton vs Chelsea preview May 30, 2009

Posted by nikmj in General, news, Soccer, Sport.
Tags: , ,

Saturday, May 30th 2009, 15.00pm UK time, Wembley Stadium

Saturday’s FA Cup final gives Everton the chance to cap an impressive season with rare silverware while for Chelsea it offers a consolation prize in another frustrating campaign.

 Chelsea will want a rousing send-off for manager Guus Hiddink but having lost so painfully to Barcelona in the Champions League semis and finishing third in the league, it will not be easy to motivate themselves.

 They bounced back from the Barcelona disappointment to hammer Arsenal 4-1 but Everton are a different prospect.

 While not quite the “Dogs of War” who celebrated their narrow escape from relegation by harrying Manchester United into submission to win the final 1-0 14 years ago, they are still a fiercely competitive team.

David Moyes prepares Everton for the FA Cup Final

 Belgian Marouane Fellaini, with 13 yellow cards to his name in his first season of English football, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar and captain Phil Neville do not look on paper to be a match for Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack and Michael Essien.

 The Toffees have also often struggled to field a fit striker of any sort this season, let alone one of the pedigree of Didier Drogba or 25-goal Nicolas Anelka.

 Yet they have more than held their own with most Premier League opposition, including Chelsea, when Everton had much the better of last month’s goalless draw at Stamford Bridge and drew 0-0 at Goodison in December.


  Chelsea Everton
Goals Nicolas Anelka 4 Tim Cahill 1
Yellows John Mikel Obi 2 Tim Cahill 4
·   Club Squads : Chelsea | Everton

“The players have been very good and they know they are getting ready for a big game,” said David Moyes, whose achievements on a meagre budget earned him manager of the season award for the third time this week.

 “There is no doubt they have improved as players and we have got momentum with us. There is a real desire and hunger about these players. Everybody at this club has longed to get to another FA Cup final.”

 Everton’s route to the final shows they are a match for anyone after overcoming Liverpool, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Manchester United, on penalties.


Last Five Matches in Competition
Chelsea Everton
A: Arsenal 1-2 A: Manchester United 0-0
A: Coventry City 0-2 H: Middlesbrough 2-1
A: Watford 1-3 H: Aston Villa 3-1
H: Ipswich Town 3-1 H: Liverpool 1-0
A: Southend United 1-4 A: Liverpool 1-1



 Even when they lost midfielder Mikel Arteta, their most creative force, and England centre back Phil Jagielka, Everton kept their momentum and finished strongly to overhaul Villa and finish fifth in the league for the second season running.

 While that represents real success for Moyes, Chelsea expect much more for the investment of Roman Abramovich.

 Hiddink, who will return to his role as Russia coach after Saturday, said there was a real will to get up one more time.

 “Normally at the end of the season you have players who fade away a bit but none whatsoever in this group – the internal motivation is high,” said the Dutchman.

 “It’s a final with worldwide attention, real football people love to watch this and to get some silverware would be perfect.” (ESPN)


No comments yet — be the first.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

  • Recent Comments

    fruit machines for s… on Isu Royalti Minyak Kelantan…
    Wallace on LIVE : Inkues kematian Teoh Be…
    SEO on Isu Manohara – Dokumen b…
    semut on Altantuya, C4, puaka, pembunuh…
    ibn wahab on Dr Asri dan fahaman Wahab…
    cincau on How TNB legally cheat Malaysia…
    first world genting… on RPK bongkar Surat Misteri SPRM…
    mengukir waktu on Ramalan nasib menerusi Tarikh…
    Oswaldo Beumer on What you should know about H1N…
    ahmed on Rahsia Surah Al-Kautsar
    what women want in m… on Isu Royalti Minyak Kelantan…
    fazal hatta on Balasan dunia kepada ‘ko…
    chatroulette on Kugan death widens the Gaps be…
    Pritapal Singh on Nissan Grand Livina 10000km ma…
    Toklang Cik on Sunnah Nabi Amalan Sehari…
  • %d bloggers like this: