By Mark Duckworth of The National Game
Carlo Ancelotti may have made history on Saturday when his Chelsea side won their first ever league and cup double, but even as John Terry was lifting the coveted cup above his head, the famous pitch was taking criticism. And this time it was plain for all to see as ITV’s pitch camera showed a surface that was cut up and at best a bit bobbly, it’s just a good thing it didn’t spoil the game too much.
Never has there been so much pressure on two teams to deliver a final of decent quality, with the FA facing crisis on and off the field it was, left to the stars of Portsmouth and Chelsea to put on a show worthy of matching past finals. And as Frank Lampard tested the Wembley goal-frame and David James did his usual superman impression to deny Drogba, they looked like doing just that. But for the three times Chelsea cracked the bar and the countless saves and last ditch tackles Pompey made, the standard of the game was disappointing and as the second half mirrored into a boring blur of past finals, the attention turned to the Wembley surface that once again failed to deliver.