Yes! The FA Cup is in the bag. Lets be honest, you lot have been telling me off for the last month, saying that I had been taking it for granted that we'd beat Everton. It's going to sound childish, but I was SO right!
Everton are a hard-working side, but lack any of the cutting edge that teams at the top need - Saha was alright, but can't be relied upon to run his legs off for a full season, whilst their other strikers have had seemingly similar seasons.
We had a bit of a scare when Saha scored the fastest goal in FA Cup Final history, but even starting off a goal down we knew we had more than enough to take on the Scouse Blues, as Lampard proved.
Our team was hard-working, we held the ball well, and we punished them when we had our chances. It was an apt finish for super Guus Hiddink, who somehow has managed to bring back the team-spirit and work-ethic that had been missing ever since Jose's exit. The team is playing good football, and with a summer signing spree we can hopefully build on this success, and challenge for the title next season.
Just before the Final took place we had the revelations that JT had been instrumental in getting rid of Jose in Makalele's book. Obviously Jose and JT are two uncompromising characters, who are both stubborn once they decide the best way of going forwards. I think they respected each-other for that, which is why I can't see this being a problem for either of them. I can't quite picture JT walking up to Roman like a naughty school-kid telling on his mate, so don't buy into Claude's version of events!
This news story was clearly meant to sell Claude's book, and get maximum impact by being released on the da of the FA Cup hype, but thankfully we managed to get over this hurdle, and the story didn't have any effect on the result in the end.
The pictures of Guus and Roman dancing in the dressing room (with cigars and champagne in hand) are a signal of how close they havebecome over their time together with Russia and no Chelsea, and I think its unimaginable that Hiddink won't be back at Stamford Bridge at some point - I certainly can't see him going to one of our rivals when he is so friendly with Roman.
In the meantime, it looks as though Carlo Ancelotti will be taking the reins - more on what I think of him when he actually takes over. He is a good coach, but will he lead us to the Champions League and Premier League?