Ghanaian soccer fans despite celebrating Chelsea’s historic Champions League triumph has hit out at manager Roberto Di Mateo for not fielding Michael Essien in Saturday’s final. Essien was made to warm the bench in the final match which travelled into extra-time at the Allianz Arena, home of their victims Bayern Munich.
Di Matteo, who was acting as an interim manager, opted to start Dutch youngster Ryan Bertrand. Ghanaian fans went into a state of frenzy after Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba converted the final spot-kick which secured a 4-3 penalty victory. But some had reservations about the win which was least expected by
“As for this, Di Matteo didn’t try at all. At least he should have played Essien. He could have made a difference although not in top form,” Kobby Asmah, a typical Chelsea fan said.
“I think other Ghanaians who have won the Champions League before made marks and so Essien’s absence takes something away from this victory,” Victoria Agyei posted on twitter.
Essien has been down on the pecking order since returning from injury in January this year. The Ghana international joined Chelsea from French side Olympique Lyon in 2005.