Comment & analysis round-up
Quote of the day: “I spoke to him [referee Martin Atkinson]. He says he feels worse than I do. I said: ‘I don’t think so.’ But he says he feels bad. He knows he’s made a mistake and he says he’ll have a bad week as well. Nothing we can do now.” – Harry Redknapp.
Runner-up: “Yes, in the last week or two, yeah. He’s gone down quite easily but it was a penalty, he was definitely brought down.” – Sir Alex Ferguson on Ashley Young.
Tottenham 1 – Chelsea 5
Wembley has a way of tipping fortunes – Redknapp dips, Di Matteo rises (Richard Williams, Guardian) “For both managers this semi-final felt like a moment of truth. Roberto Di Matteo could see it as a confirmation that, out of what looked like a mutinous rabble under André Villas-Boas, he has created a momentum that could take Chelsea to heights undreamed of six weeks ago. As for Harry Redknapp, if the Tottenham manager does accept England’s poisoned chalice, he will not want to experience any more Wembley occasions like this one.”
Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo calls on ‘old boy’ Didier Drogba to spark Tottenham’s destruction(Jim White, Daily Telegraph) “But it was the goal with which he maintained his unmatched Wembley record that should be remembered from this encounter. More than lousy refereeing, more than linesmen second guessing what was going on in a goal-line scramble, more than morons souring the minute’s silence in memory of the Hillsborough victims, this was a goal of the sort this stadium was surely built to showcase.”
Harry’s left in a state of shellshock (Steven Howard, The Sun)
Movable Juan Mata was the key to Chelsea denying marauding Tottenham (David Pleat, Guardian)
Officials cross the line but Chelsea have final word (Sam Wallace, Independent)
Blues take advantage of officials’ blunder to run riot (Matt Lawton, Daily Mail)
Video replays, anyone? (David Hytner, Guardian)
Terry leads calls for goalline technology (Pat Sheehan, Sun)
Manchester United 4 – Aston Villa 0
Manchester United’s Ashley Young accused of looking for penalties (Jamie Jackson, Guardian)
Young’s sideshow helps United romp home (Tim Rich, Independent)
It’s time to get ugly, Danny (Jamie Redknapp, Daily Mail)
Manchester United agree a deal to sign Benfica’s Nicolas Gaitan for £20m plus Fabio and Federico Macheda (Jason Burt, Daily Telegraph)
Where now for David Moyes?
Ambitious Moyes has to move on to fulfil his potential (Ian Ladyman, Daily Mail)
David Moyes must move on from Everton to prove he is a top-class manager (Alan Hansen, Daily Telegraph)
Piermario Morosini’s death was tragedy that not only Livorno suffered (Paolo Bandini, Guardian)
New tragedy has left the game in despair once again (Alan Nixon, Daily Mirror)