While following the Champions League happenings yesterday, I saw that Chelsea had opened up an early lead over Napoli and looked as though they just might pull off the comeback. I distinctly remember thinking "You've got to be kidding me, they are going to pull this off." It was instinctual for me to root against our neighbors in blue. When Napoli scored their precious away goal, I thought it was done and dusted, and they had finally finished Chelsea off.
At that point, I was torn:On the one hand, if Chelsea were to be eliminated from the Champions League, it could adversely influence their morale. However, it would also free them up from playing midweek games in what is sure to be a critical run-in in the league. We all know how the Champions League games affected our squad last season, ultimately proving to be too much to battle effectively on two fronts. Could the same thing happen to Chelsea? Maybe it would be better for them to remain in the competition just to give them another front to be forced to devote resources to.
On the other hand, if Chelsea were to engineer a magical comeback, it could inspire them to go on and achieve greater things. It could unify the squad, and perhaps finally give them some of the camaraderie and team-spirit they seem to have been lacking all season. Perhaps this option was worse than them being eliminated.
Of course, we all now know what happened. Chelsea ended up winning 4-1 on the day, to go through 5-4 on aggregate. Quite a stunning comeback, and yes, undoubtedly a morale-boosting result. The catch-22 being that they now have another big tie to worry about, and devote resources to.
So what would have been the better result from Spurs' perspective? Ultimately there is no right answer here. As I've detailed above, there are positives and negatives to both results. I suppose the 'perfect' result would have been an arduous overtime period where Juan Mata and Didier Drogba suffered injuries ruling them out for a few weeks, followed by a grueling penalty shoot-out which Chelsea lost bringing back the demons of Champions League past. We don't always get what we wish for, unfortunately.
Ultimately, where we finish in the league is up to us, and perhaps this is too much of looking behind us, rather than in front of us as has been eluded to by others on this site. I'm interested to hear what you guys think, so please leave some comments and join the discussion. This is my very first FanPost, thanks for reading.