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That little thing called luck

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How many times have we heard that Chelsea was lucky to win the Champions League? We have probably heard it too many times to count. Various sections of the media, many managers, past players, the Chelsea players, Roberto Di Matteo and even that very, very short drink of water known as Lionel Messi has subscribed to the consensus that luck was the deciding factor in our Champions League triumph. Additionally, many of my colleagues are advocating that Chelsea is lucky to be atop the Premier League this season. Interesting.

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Luck, according to almost everyone, is obviously a very good thing to have on your side. At the very moment I am writing this article, it is likely that there are a group of scientists, probably on Abramovich’s payroll, trying to determine how to harness the power of luck. To further understand this strange phenomenon known as luck; let us take a look at the dictionary definition: “The force that seems to operate for good or ill in a person’s life, as in shaping circumstances, events or opportunities.” Again, interesting. This force is obviously intangible and invisible as no one has ever touched or seen it; they only know when it’s on their side. According to the dictionary definition, some supernatural force was on Chelsea’s side; “the football Gods” according to Gary Neville and Martin Tyler.

Let us take a look at the events which saw luck smile on us. After losing 3-1 in Naples, our Champions League campaign was supposed to be over. The boys from Naples came to Stamford Bridge probably thinking about who their quarter-final opponents would be. However, Drogba, Terry, Lampard and Ivanovic crushed Napoli’s hopes. All the goals scored by the Blues were legitimate, we defended well and there were no controversial refereeing decisions. I fail to see the luck in that match. Our next opponent would be Benfica. We would outscore Benfica 3-1 over the course of 2 matches. Once again, nothing controversial. The Blues were efficient. Barcelona would be next, another opponent we would outscore. The Barcelona games are probably the ones that saw the Blues become the children of luck. The Catalans hit the post a few times, controlled the game, Cech made some brilliant saves and Messi missed a penalty; a penalty which should never have been awarded because Fabregas dived. Once more, I fail to see the luck. Did “the force” magically adjust the positioning of the posts so the ball wouldn’t go in? Did “the force” momentarily take control of Messi’s motor function and made him smack the ball against the crossbar? I think not. Similar questions can be asked about our German opponents in the final. Was it “the force” that made Gomez so uncharacteristically profligate? Did that same force make Mata put in a perfect ball for Drogba; did it make Cech dive the right way each time he faced a penalty in extra time and in the penalty shootout? No, it didn’t.

What would I define as luck? If one of our opponents had kicked the ball ferociously at an empty Chelsea goal and the ball miraculously stopped on the line and rolled out for a corner; that has to be lucky.

How, then, do I explain our triumph against our many opponents and in Munich? It’s quite simple, actually. It was remarkable combination of efficiency on our part and profligacy on the part of our many opponents. And no, my penultimate sentence is not the definition of luck; it’s the definition of coincidence.

This FanPost was contributed by a member of the community and was not subject to any sort of approval process. It does not necessarily reflect the opinions held by the editors of this site.

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