Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United: Post Match Reaction

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Chelsea Manager Carlo Ancelotti gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on May 8, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Today, Chelsea lost any hope they had of retaining their title, putting in a terrible performance in their most important match of the year. A 2-1 scoreline really flatters Chelsea - Howard Webb denied Manchester United two clear-cut penalty calls and the Blues had to really scramble to avoid going further behind in the second half, with both Petr Cech and Alex coming up huge. Nobody can have any complaints about the loss.

Anyway, two things I wanted to say before I get around to writing a full match report, whenever that might be. Firstly, congratulations to Manchester United on winning their 19th league title. That's a remarkable accomplishment, and they thoroughly deserve it this year, on account of playing better than everyone else. We can have no complaints. Second, I'd like to thank Chelsea for making this interesting when all had seemed lost - it's easy to forget how much hard work was put in over the past few months to even make this a race again, but we really shouldn't do that.

Yeah, it'd be nice to scream, shout, rant and rave for what was our worst performance since the Arsenal away match. But the players who played today are also the players got us to this point in the first place. Salomon Kalou was terrible, but he had been excellent. Same for Malouda, for Cole, for Drogba - for Carlo Ancelotti, even. Losing to Manchester United sucks, but thanks to them we're the kind of team that can be disappointed by a loss at Old Trafford rather than simply expecting it.

To United: Well played. We'll be back. Count on it.

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