A draw simply wouldn’t have been enough for the Blues and Michael Ballack’s controversial late penalty puts them level on points with Manchester United with just two matches remaining this season. However, it’s difficult to see the champions slipping up in either of their final two matches – West Ham at home is about as easy as they come and it’s hard to imagine Wigan will be particularly motivated against the Red Devils at the JJB unless they need points for survival.
In addition, Chelsea appear to be playing Newcastle at the wrong time next weekend. This is a Magpies team who have won their last three home matches without conceding a goal and will be desperate to prove themselves against one of the ‘Big Four’. Bolton visit the Bridge on the final day of the season, and will almost certainly require something from the match to try and ensure their Premier League safety.
Meanwhile, the BBC report that United are predictably far from happy with the referee’s decision to award Chelsea a late penalty in the lunchtime game. Carlos Queiroz bemoans the fact that Alan Wiley denied the visitors a penalty of their own.
Queiroz said: “How can the referee not see that Ballack has jumped on Ronaldo?
“It must be necessary for a player to bring a gun and shoot one of our men in the box for us to get a penalty.”
He added: “The referee was five metres away from both penalty incidents but he gives only one penalty.
“It is a hard to say what is going on with this game. I have to talk about some of the decisions in the last few weeks that have damaged this football club.”
Goodness me, we’ve heard this somewhere before haven’t we? Was it not Arsene Wenger who bemoaned the decisions that have gone against Arsenal in the last couple of months? Did the referee favour Chelsea or have Man United only got themselves to blame for this defeat?