As Guus Hiddink stood clasping the FA Cup on a sweltering May afternoon at Wembley he could reflect on a job very well done. When he took charge of Chelsea in February the club was in danger of going into free fall. But the Dutchman has ended his short tenure at the club in the best possible fashion, winning the club’s fifth FA Cup and their first trophy for two years.
In the end this defeat for Sunderland wasn’t as damaging as it could have been. Results elsewhere went in their favour to ensure that they will be playing Premier League football once again next season. Their neighbours in the North East weren’t so lucky. Both Newcastle and Middlesbrough will be playing in the Championship.
This game had little meaning for Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea - who could only seal second spot if Liverpool lost and an unlikely six goal swing in goal difference occurred. Nicolas Anelka did ensure that he ended the season as the league’s top marksman ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo with a superb effort just after half time.
Here's what I got up to in my second week at Kent Online:
Nicolas Anelka, Florent Malouda and Didier Drogba all found the net as Chelsea comfortably beat neighbours Fulham ahead of their crucial Champions League semi final second leg against Barcelona.