Paris St Germain 0 Chelsea 3March 31, 2009 at 4:45 am | Posted in Games In My Travels | Leave a comment
Yes, again in Paris… This time I took my wife on our trip to Europe in fall of 2004 (It was our honeymoon!!!). I had no idea there was going to be a Champions League game in Paris but I soon discovered this when we went to the PSG shop on the Champs Elysees. I was thrilled, a chance to see Mourinho’s Chelsea in their pomp. It was the opening round of the group phase of the Champs League.
We took the Metro to the closest stop to Parc Des Princes and walked with the crowd to the stadium. I must say there was a frightening mood in the crowd and I was very glad to get inside the stadium to the relative security of our seat. The stadium was packed and pumped to see Chelsea play. The PSG ultras put on a great show and made tremendous noise. I must say that I have become a fan of PSG having seen them play at home a number of times. Part of the reason the crowd was was pumped up was that Didier Drogba had just joined Chelsea in the off season. Drogba played for PSG’s most hated rival- Olympique Marseilles. PSG fans hate Drogba with a passion.
This game showed the vast difference between the French and English leagues. In spite of playing away from home in front of a hostile crowd, Chelsea dominated the match from the start and PSG did not stand a chance. PSG could hardly put more than two passes together before they lost possession. They rarely threatened Chelsea’s goal.
John Terry scored first in the first half off of a corner after the PSG keeper misjudged the cross.
Didier Drogba was the story of the match. He scored two goals and rubbed it in with the crowd who responded with ferocious boos and whistles. I am a great fan of his because he is a monster and every defender’s nightmare. He is strong, big and fearless. He is a great finisher. He has even mastered the art of diving…
Chelsea played with tremendous confidence, the kind of confidence Mourinho’s sides all play with. He is a master manager, and it was fantastic to see one of his teams play.