FA Cup Final - 19th May 2007
Seven years after playing in the last FA Cup Final to be staged at the old Wembley we were back to contest the first at the newly redeveloped stadium.
This time though we were the underdogs as our opponents were the freshly crowned champions Manchester United. Our prospects were hardly helped either by injuries to Ricardo Carvalho, Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack while United went into the game at full strength.
Despite being a match up of the two best teams in the country, the game was something of a disappointment. Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho’s tactics were perfect though and limited United to a couple of half-chances. It was Chelsea who created the one clear opportunity of the first half with Frank Lampard forcing a smart save.
The second half was more lively and Didier Drogba clipped the post with a free kick as the game almost inevitably drifted towards extra time.
Both Drogba and Salomon Kalou missed good chances in the first period and then, just four minutes from a penalty shoot out, Drogba and Lampard combined brilliantly with easily the classiest move of the match. For Drogba it was his 33rd goal of a sensational season and for Chelsea, for third time in our history, we had won two trophies in a single season.