Irish tv panel’s view of Chelsea’s exit

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Even at half time
Having just conceded a disastrous away goal …
Liam Brady gave us a sporting chance –
But the rest of the panel
Were none too impressed
With Chelsea’s squandering advance

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 In particular, they lambasted
The 3 G’s :
Gudjohnsen, Geremi and Gronkjaer –
In their condemnation
There wasn’t even the need to spar

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Poor ole Jesper
(“Monaco’s best player”)
Even his goal he couldn’t get right –
And so Chelsea
Fell to the Monaguesque
Empowered by the Morientes might

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Perhaps in response
As we continue on our spree
We should go out and buy the Spanish attacker –
A gift to our new coach
(As we shed a tear for Claudio)
From Mr Abramovich, our multi-billionaire backer



We had the chances, but wasted them by snatching at them.
And yes, there was a touch of the hand for their first; Hand of God II, as it was dubbed by the doleful press (Argentine full back Ibarra the scorer)

Champions League Semi-Final, 2nd leg at Stamford Bridge, 05/05/2004, ended in a 2-2 draw. Monaco win through 5-3 on aggregate.
Monaco managed by Chelsea old boy Didier Deschamps.

The RTE panel : Liam Brady, Ray Houghton, Eamon Dunphy (“Gronkjaer was Monaco’s best player!”), with Johnny Giles in the commentary box (“I’ve got to stop talking about Gronkjaer – he’s awful”).

Chelsea’s first goal – a poor cross by Gronkjaer that sailed into the top corner of the net!

Chelsea’s best performers? Same as for the first leg, and for the whole season : Terry, Bridge, & Lampard.

And be sure to check out Michael Adubato’s account of the same match : A Game Too Far

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/irish-tv-panels-view-of-chelseas-exit/