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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 May 2007, 18:57 GMT 19:57 UK
BBC pundits on the FA Cup final
The BBC's team of expert analysts from Match of the Day and Five Live's coverage of the FA Cup final give their verdict on Chelsea's 1-0 win against Manchester United.

Alan Hansen
By Alan Hansen
BBC Sport football expert

Great goal, bad final.

Chelsea will always have their detractors because of their money and you can argue they are methodical but one thing is for sure, they have a squad who have all got big hearts, they refused to panic and Petr Cech was fantastic.

I thought Manchester United were the better side over the course of the game.

But the goal that clinched it was great - a brilliant pass from Frank Lampard and that was the finish of a top-class striker from Didier Drogba.

The FA Cup and the Carling Cup cannot be constituted as a great season for Chelsea, although they would be crazy to get rid of manager Jose Mourinho.

Alan Shearer
By Alan Shearer
BBC Sport football expert

I disagree with Alan. I think Chelsea have had a great season.

Consider the circumstances. There has been infighting behind the scenes and there were those serious injuries to two of their main players in John Terry and Petr Cech but they have come away from all that with two trophies.

This game was played to suit Chelsea.

We never saw Manchester United get into top gear, they weren't chasing people as they can and they didn't do enough to win the game.

Didier Drogba has been magnificent all season and it was an excellent goal.

Chris Waddle
By Chris Waddle
BBC Five Live summariser

Jose Mourinho is tactically very cute, he knows how to stop a team from playing, how to win trophies and even when he loses his dog he's still effective.

Let's be honest, Chelsea are not the most entertaining team but they have resilience and character, are efficient and have a winning mentality.

This was the perfect game for them. They slowed it down, controlled the pace and when they are in that position they are hard to beat.

Manchester United looked leggy, their big players didn't play, they weren't fluent and found no rhythm and they let Chelsea tactically outplay them.

United only know one way to play and when they play slow, as they did in Milan and in this final, they don't win.

Graham Taylor
By Graham Taylor
BBC Five Live summariser

It was a very poor game in the first half when there was much too much respect shown and the pitch didn't help.

In the second half it was more interesting and by the time Didier Drogba scored, Chelsea deserved to win. The scoreline just about sums up a game which Chelsea edged.

We all build up to an FA Cup final and want a great match but having played the game you have a good idea what you're going to see.

We talk about end-to-end, chances, goals and that's what you see from Manchester United when they're playing teams that aren't as good as them.

But when you get to this level it doesn't happen, apart from on the odd occasion, which we all remember, as these teams are so good they cancel out one another.

By Paul Jewell
BBC Five Live summariser

You hope it's going to be a great game but there were never going to be lots of goals and in that boring first half it was more like a game of chess - and a bad one at that.

It was sterile, the pace suited Chelsea, they stifled Manchester United and shaded the game.

Chelsea might not be the most attractive team to watch but what do you want, attractive football or trophies? They are only interested in winning.

They have shown great mental strength and togetherness and how many times have they scored late goals? Their incredible fitness and resilience has to be applauded and the goal was a moment of brilliance.

Manchester United's big players didn't perform and you have to give Chelsea credit for stopping them playing but Ryan Giggs knows he should have scored.

Paul Jewell
By Marcel Desailly
Former Chelsea captain

It was Didier Drogba who made the difference and I'm very happy for Chelsea.

I was expecting Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo to take the game out of Chelsea's hands but Chelsea waited and played like they know how.

This was not a magnificent season for Chelsea.

The Champions League was the priority and they wanted that to raise their profile on the international scene and in a marketing way.

But we are happy and it gives us power and a positive atmosphere for next season.



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