Di Matteo and Co. win historic Chelsea vs. Man Utd battle 5-4 at the Bridge
It was a goals-galore at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night as Manchester United and Chelsea clashed in following a heated Premier League battle on Sunday. Manchester United took the lead three times, but Chelsea managed to equalize ever time with their last equalizer coming after injury time. The game drew at 3-3 and went into Extra Time. Eventually, Chelsea took the spoils of victory with a 5-4 win.
Manchester United’s injury crisis forced Sir Alex Ferguson to feature kids in front of the goal posts and Chelsea’s depleted squad called upon the services of Daniel Sturridge. Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has pleased with the performance of the young England international.
The Capital One Cup victory will be a memorable one for Chelsea. Ryan Giggs drew first blood in 22nd minute, David Luiz provided an equalizer with a penalty in the 31st minute. Javier Hernandez scored before halftime to put Manchester United in the lead again.
Gary Cahill struck the equalizer for Chelsea after the break, but Nani gave Manchester United the lead at the hour mark. Luckily, Chelsea earned a penalty kick in the 94th minute of the game on which Eden Hazard scored to bring the score-line to 3-3 and send the game into Extra Time.
Daniel Sturridge scored in the 97th minute to give Chelsea the lead for the first time in the night. Ramires scored 116th minute to make the score 5-3. Ryan Giggs scored Manchester United’s last goal in a penalty kick in the 120th minute.
“It's great. It's important that we came out here with the right attitude because the manager criticized us for not starting well enough (on Sunday),” Daniel Sturridge told Sky Sports after the game. “It's just about putting a smile on the fans' faces again because I feel that they were disappointed after the weekend.”
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo was exuberant after Chelsea’s victory. The Italian extolled Chelsea’s never-die-attitude and the dressing room spirit.
“We showed again the fantastic character the boys have to come back three times. It's not the first time,” Roberto Di Matteo said. “It's a fantastic dressing room, they never give up. We showed it tonight and we showed it on Sunday when we went down to 10 men and nine men.
“It's a feel good factor whenever you win. It's always nice to win every game you play. It was a very exciting game, a typical cup game, quite open and we played well with a lot of chances. I thought we could have finished the game much earlier.”