Chelsea equalled Liverpool in FA Cup titles with eight on Saturday in a match that pinned two clubs struggling in the Premier League.
Liverpool sought another piece of silverware in an under-achieving season, while Chelsea tried to gain momentum ahead of the big clash against the German giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final, as their only chance to qualify for next season.
Pride and honor were also on the line as both clubs stepped on the new Wembley pitch. An early strike from Ramires followed by a Didier Drogba second-half goal put Chelsea in a two-goal lead. All was good for the Blues until Andy Carroll scored for Liverpool.
Chelsea's complacent behavior after securing a lead almost cost them the match. However, brilliant reflexes from Petr Cech saved the day, as Chelsea held on to lift the FA cup title.
Robert Di Matteo completed a hat trick of Italian managers to win the FA Cup.
Meanwhile, Drogba became the first man to score in four FA Cup finals and declared, "That's the reason why I came here."
With all the fanfare coming to an end, Chelsea still face the bitter fact of not finishing in the top four of the Premier League, and possibly not playing the Champions League for the first time in about a decade.
The Blues will perhaps need the same type of magic that they showed against Liverpool, and a similar effort they gave Barcelona in the semi-finals, to overcome Bayern Munich on the German club's home field on May 19.687340