Bradford City Shatters Chelsea’s Four-Cup Dream
Chelsea suffered a home invasion by Bradford players, as they startlingly lost 2-4 to the League One side in the FA Cup's fourth round.
Like Manchester City last season, the current Premiership pacemakers have also made their stadium a fortress. They've been sloppy away from their Blue province, but at home, Chelsea has been both blameless and ruthless.
But sooner or later, all good things come to an end. Surprisingly for the Blues, the doom-bringer was Bradford.
José Mourinho completely rotated his squad, arrogantly thinking this match would be a stroll in the park. At the outset, it looked that way. Chelsea bullied the League One side as they've done to their opponents all season long.
Clearly, after that sort of ricochet, Blues defender Gary Cahill’s youth academy must also have had a supplementary dojo. And then, while Ramires may be on the move, he's showing why the transfer market is heating up for his services:
The overconfident Mourinho might have thought that the drama was over, even after the Bantams pulled one back late in the first half. It may have even been the talk in the changing room for the lads in blue:
One would've thought that to be one way of getting their motivation back.
Chelsea might be regretting releasing Filipe Morais. Had he felt like it, dude had time to turn to the crowd and tell them where he was aiming. No need, though; the target was both gaping and obvious.
And then, it was howitzer time, compliments of Andy Halliday:
Nobody stops those. Nobody.
All that was left for Bradford to add was a cherry on the cake. That honor went to journeyman Mark Yeates:
Chelsea never saw it coming. Who would've? There may be a lone dude somewhere outside a Bradford bookie's office doing a jig on a two-and-six play, but even that would've been considered as an adventurous show of support prior to this match
This comeback by the underdogs wasn't just a win, but a staggering four-goal barrage over the relentless Premiership leaders. Domestic cups may not be the forte for Chelsea's self-proclaimed Special One.