Blackburn pushed Chelsea to extra time but in the end Ballack – and Chelsea’s dogged determination – won over.
It sets of the second of possible three finals between Manchester United and Chelsea.
Blackburn 0-1 Chelsea (Lampard)
Blackburn 1-1 Chelsea (Roberts)
Blackburn 1-2 Chelsea (Ballack)
Despite the disparity in class and quality between the two sides, Blackburn will go into this game thinking they have a shot at playing in Wembley.
To be fair to Chelsea, they outclassed Blackburn the last time the two sides met, with Chelsea winning 3-0.
However, Blackburn should prove to be a stiffer challenge than that time, and with Tottenham’s example in front of them Mark Hughes’ side will be fighting till the very end.
The only problem I see with Blackburn is that they don’t have the defence to cope with Shevchenko – not even an out-of-form Shevchenko.
Chelsea have the tougher semifinal (United play Watford), and perhaps a tougher period of fixtures as well, with their run-in looking like this:
It’s not pretty, and there is a lot for Blackburn and Mark Hughes to be hopeful about.
Having said that, the hallmark of Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side has been their ability to get through the toughest of scrapes as winners, and I am confident that come April 15th, Chelsea will be able to beat Blackburn.
Blackburn vs Chelsea Predictions
If Blackburn can score first, the game will be very interesting. Blackburn are always likely to concede, and if Chelsea get a sniff they’re not going to let go of this one.
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