With neither team having nothing to play for, what with Chelsea unable to achieve more than 6th position and Blackburn Rovers already sentenced to life in the Championship next year, this final day encounter between West London side Chelsea and Lancashire club Blackburn Rovers was unsurprisingly void of excitement and was one of the day’s less thrilling fixtures. Playing at Stamford Bridge, home side Chelsea ended their domestic season with a win, defeating Rovers 2-1 on Sunday 13th May 2012. Chelsea’s winning goals came in the space of four minutes when Blues captain John Terry’s headed effort made it 1-0 with midfielder Raul Meireles wrapping up the game and making it 2-0 to the home side. After these two goals and the points practically wrapped up, the game appeared to drop off in intensity with both sides happy to play out the rest of the game with little desire or passion. Blackburn managed to claw back the defecit with a goal from top goal scorer Yakubu in the 60th minute but it was not enough as Rovers’ season ended in misery with another defeat.
Both Chelsea’s goal scorers were incidentally two of the many Chelsea players that would be missing Chelsea’s all-important Champions League final clash next Saturday against Bayern Munich. With this in mind, Blues manager was forced to field a slightly weakened side what with his resources being stretched and having to prioritise the Champions League final. There was also a warm reception for peripheral Chelsea striker Didier Drogba who came on for striker Romelu Lukaku to strong applause. Would this be the last home appearance for the striker who has been so pivotal and important for Chelsea these last few years? With a new regime being built next season at the Bridge, does the striker have a place at Chelsea considering his age and with the need for new blood?
For Chelsea and most importantly Roberto Di Matteo, the big test comes Saturday where the Champions League final will be an audition for the Chelsea managerial job full time. If he can bring back the coveted European trophy back to West London, surely this will ensure Di Matteo is made Blues manager on a permanent basis?
On the final day of the season, in the clash between Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers, WinkBall video reporters Daniel and Sofia were at Stamford Bridge speaking to both sets of fans before and after the game.