What a win!

Chelsea benefited from a controversial “ghost goal” from Juan Mata but were otherwise comfortable in defeating Tottenham 5-1 to advance to the FA Cup final.
Rafael van der Vaart had efforts off the line and against the post in the first half – but Didier Drogba’s sensational turn-and-shot ensured, out of nothing, a half-time Blues lead.

Referee Martin Atkinson incited shock after the restart when he judged that Mata’s effort had bypassed a crowd on the line and gone in, though Spurs’ anger lifted a little when Bale slotted home shortly after.

A late treble for the Blues, though – Ramires’ finish after beating the offside trap and a fantastic free-kick strike from Frank Lampard before Florent Malouda’s last-gasp fifth – ensured their advancement to face Liverpool next month.

Harry Redknapp surprised some by keeping faith in former Blue Carlo Cudicini as his preferred FA Cup goalkeeper, while Van der Vaart, Emmanuel Adebayor, Scott Parker and William Gallas all also came in after Spurs’ loss to Norwich City.

Chelsea, meanwhile, opted for Drogba up front with Fernando Torres a substitute as David Luiz and Ashley Cole returned to the defence, replacing Gary Cahill and Ryan Bertrand.

The game started on a sour note as a pocket of Chelsea fans jeered during a pre-match minute’s silence in memory of those who died at the Hillsborough disaster as well as Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini.

Once underway, the game started slowly. Drogba had an early chance when he peeled away from his marker chasing a long ball, but mistimed his attempted volley in the box.

Both teams looked cagey but Chelsea needed some great defending when Lampard’s decisive slide tackle robbed Parker in the box.

There was a nervy moment for Spurs in the 26th minute when Chelsea broke forward, Salomon Kalou seizing the ball from Kyle Walker and splitting the defence but Juan Mata, alone in the box, was outpaced slightly by the pass and Cudicini collected safely from his fleeting touch.

Kalou was again involved shortly after when he delivered a nagging cross from the left. Drogba rose to meet it but Ledley King intervened to divert it out.

Spurs nearly took the lead on 36 minutes, however. Lennon received the ball in the box near the right-hand post but spied Van der Vaart advancing from the penalty spot and dinked a short-range cross, but the Dutchman’s header, past Petr Cech, met Terry on the line, whose knee kept it out.

If Adebayor had got a similar touch with his knee when he lunged to meet a stunning cross from the right from Van der Vaart, it might again have been 1-0, but as it was the delivery bypassed both he and Cech before coming back off the post.

And Spurs’ failure to capitalise was punished when Drogba struck. Out of nothing, the striker received the ball with his back to goal. He seemed to be heading away from danger when he touched it to the left, but instead swivelled around Gallas and hammered it left-footed past the helpless Cudicini.

After the break, Chelsea pushed for a second. Drogba battled in the box but reluctantly allowed Mata to strike when his touch fell better for the Spaniard – Cudicini, though, saved well low to his left.

Controversy struck a moment later, though, as an almighty scramble in the box saw players pile up along the line and Mata get a shot into the melee. From some distance away, referee Atkinson ruled that it crossed the line, but television replays appeared inconclusive whilst Spurs protested.

Tottenham, though, got back into it within five minutes. Adebayor powered through the centre and Cech rushed forward to meet him. The keeper brought the Togolese down clearly but was spared a red card as Bale was on hand to knock it into the net. Luiz, seemingly badly hurt tussling with Adebayor in the build-up, was then instantly replaced by Cahill.

After that explosion of events a brief lull came. King was on hand in the Chelsea box some time after, rising for a Van der Vaart corner, but his header was diverted just wide.

Spurs then rued that block when Ramires made it 3-1 in the 77th minute. Walker’s deep position allowed Mata to dink the ball forward for the advanced Ramires without fear of offside, the pass picking him out perfectly, and the Brazilian promptly buried it.

The tie seemed confirmed in swift fashion thereafter. A desperate, farfetched penalty shout for a Cahill handball was followed by a free-kick for Chelsea at the other end. Lampard stepped up to fire it into the corner from range, a fine hit in keeping with his all-time best.

Tempers flared in stoppage time, with Parker needing restraining by team-mates in reaction to a John Obi Mikel kick, but substitute Malouda confirmed the rout by finishing between Cudicini’s legs following a Mata assist.

In Liverpool to win

How important the next match is? Looking at table, it’s enough to get draw and stay second, but can they afford to go to Liverpool and play agains’t Everton on draw level?

If Everton manage to win, and City manage to get three point’s as well, they’ll finish with the same number of point’s like Citizens, which will be very dangerous for Carlo Anchelotti’s future.

Everton managed to win at home agains’t Manchester City after losing 0-1.

Cole staying

After several weeks of rumors and “mystery” around the future of mediapunta, the Blue organization has confirmed, through attending technician Ray Wilkins, whom it tries to renew his contract that expires the 30 of June. Cole has several important supplies on the table. What will decide?

The disease in London around the situation of Joe Cole grows, a very important player that, nevertheless, there is lost protagonism during the last times in the Chelsea from the arrival of Car it Ancelotti. Knowing that mediapunta finishes contract in July of this year, several clubs have drilled to him. But still it lacked to know if the club of Stamford Bridge would move or card not to retain to him.

And already there is official answer on the matter. Ray Wilkins, attending trainer of Ancelotti, confirmed to BBC Radio 5 Live that the Chelsea tries “that Joe Cole remains”.

“We have been, obvious, in diñalogo with him during months and now it is very evident that Car it and I want that Joe remains. But now it will be necessary to see what is what the club can do on the matter”, slid Wilkins, remembering that Joe could decide to leave like free agent and to accept some of the important supplies that it has on the table. The club that fiche would not have to pay crossing to him by him. And between the interested ones they are Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham, nothing less.

“We wished, sincerely, that Joe remains with us. He is a charming boy, a great soccer player, and we will cross the fingers hoping that everything comes out well”, pointed Wilkins.

In the last weeks he had myself been speculating whereupon the Chelsea would not move card to remain with Cole, but it would look for another player of his characteristics in the market, like the Israeli of the Liverpool, Yossi Benayoun.

Carlo Ancelotti interview

If you could buy it immediately. Others who played in decline, or become captive to the groin satisfied sporting and economic Ricardo Kaka is the dream of Carlo Ancelotti for his technical Chelsea.Il of Blues, in a lengthy interview with ‘Il Giornale’, admits that the Brazilian reinforcement would be ideal for his team: “Kaka would do for me. I spoke with him often. He told me the reason for his chiaroscuro world: he has trained and very bad because of the groin.” Your purchase, the current state of things, however, is unlikely: “Unfortunately there can be: first, because Real does not want to sell it, and secondly because it would consent to the transfer, it would be a third operation for several million. None of the three conditions exist ”

Ancelotti has instead argued about a possible interest of Chelsea for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, en-route to Barcelona. The rumors have followed after a meeting in Miami between the player and the former Milan coach: “It was casual and we have not discussed the market, this warrant. And you know why because if one has the striker Drogba has made 37 goals, tell me why should someone else try? “. The stagnation that hit the Italian market seems to have extended to England:” I spend only Manchester City – says Ancelotti – Mancini is equipping a squadron. You get: Kolarov and will also Dzeko.

Ozil on target

After his appearance in the DFB-Dress Gala of the German-Turk has aroused appetites from England and Italy. Abramovich, the club should have made a concrete offer.

Does it Mesut Özil from the tranquil city of Bremen to London? The playmaker of the DFB-Elf is said to have present an offer from Chelsea.

After his strong performance against Australia the interest of the English master, and no wonder. In addition to the Blues will also Arsenal, Manchester City and Inter Milan their probe after the 21-year-olds have stretched. He has, however, until 2011 contract with Werder Bremen, but before the World Cup there was no more extension, although this had been in the interest of the Hanseatic League.

Daily Mail speaks of 24 million offer

Now Mail will be received an offer of 24 million euros from the Stamford Bridge on the River Weser, according to the British Daily. Özil could the ex-club Ballack the hole that gapes on the numeric position hold.