FA Cup Final: Chelsea vs. Portsmouth [UPDATED]
Premier League champions Chelsea have a chance to secure the Double for the first time when they meet Avram Grant’s Portsmouth side this afternoon for the FA Cup final.
The Blues arrive at the Wembley Stadium full of confidence after routing Wigan 8-0 to win the EPL title last weekend. Portsmouth, on the other hand, are looking to cause a minor sensation by beating Carlo Ancelotti’s side fueled by their relegation and being denied a place in Europe next season. And if Pompey beat the West Londoners, it will be the greatest upset in the history of the world’s oldest football tournament.
“Reaching the FA Cup final in any year is a great achievement — but to have made it this season, given the problems we’ve had, is a proud moment for everyone connected with Portsmouth,” Grant said.
Meanwhile, both teams are worried that the poor condition of the Wembley pitch could greatly affect the match. Players for both clubs trained at the stadium yesterday and although they reported an improvement in the surface since it was relaid after last month’s semi-finals, they remain concerned.
It would be ridiculous to predict anything other than a Chelsea victory in this match, but this is football and anything can happen.
The match kicks-off at 15:00 GMT (10:00 a.m. ET).
UPDATE: Didier Drogba’s superb free kick was enough for the Blues to retain the FA Cup and complete the Double for the first time in the club’s history.
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