Championship-bound Blackburn were completely outplayed by FA Cup winners and Champions League finalists Chelsea on the final day of the season at Stamford Bridge.
Roberto Di Matteo fielded a weakened side in order to protect his big stars for next weekend’s vital Champions League final in Munich. The interim manager handed Premier League debuts to defender Sam Hutchinson and striker Romelu Lukaku.
With Blackburn’s fate already decided, Steve Kean handed a Premier League debut to goalkeeper Jake Kean, no relation of Steve, and the youngster performed well despite conceding twice.
First half goals from John Terry and Raul Meireles sealed the points for Chelsea despite Yakubu’s second half header.
Chelsea dominated from start to finish but it was Rovers who had the first meaningful chance. Jason Lowe’s strike was deflected and Ross Turnbull did well to divert the ball over the bar.
Debutant Jake Kean did well to keep the scores level as Lukaku went through one-on-one but the Rovers keeper through himself at the striker’s feet to deny the Belgian a debut goal.
The Blackburn goal continued to be threatened as Chelsea’s front two combined well. Lukaku produced a cross which found Sturridge at the back post, but the English striker could only head wide and Blackburn escaped.
Chelsea’s dominance eventually paid off. John Terry headed home Lukaku’s cross from the right, which Kean could do nothing about.
Just moments later Chelsea doubled their lead. Terrible defending from Rovers allowed Essien to play the ball to Meireles whose low strike flew in to the net. Blackburn looked deflated as Chelsea continued to dominate.
Lukaku and Malouda bombarded the Blackburn box with crosses before Ramires had a glorious chance to score a third. The Brazilian received the ball inside the Blackburn box but failed to unleash a shot and was eventually surrounded by Blackburn players and the chance passed away.
After the interval Chelsea continued to dominate as Blackburn offered little in reply. Sturridge cut in from the left before firing over and then Lukaku did well down the right hand side but dragged his shot well wide.
Steve Kean replaced Formica with Josh Morris and instantly the youngster had a glorious chance to pull a goal back but the substitutes strike lacked any conviction and Turnbull easily saved.
As Chelsea eased off the gas Rovers pulled a goal back. Scott Dann rose highest to meet a Pedersen corner and the defender headed the ball back across the box and Yakubu nodded home his 18th goal of the season gifting Rovers a glimmer of hope.
Kean nearly gifted Chelsea a third as he spilled a cross resulting in the ball falling to Ramires on the edge of the box but the Brazilian’s first time strike rattled the crossbar much to the relief of the Rovers debutant.
Blackburn went in search of an equaliser as Junior Hoilett danced his way past several Chelsea players before firing well over.
Chelsea were denied a third late on when Sturridge tested Kean from range, but the keeper was equal to the strike with a wonderful diving save.
In the dying minutes Rovers had a brilliant chance to snatch an unlikely draw. Olsson’s low cross was begging to be hit home but Turnbull reacted quickest throwing himself at the ball.
Deservedly Chelsea held on to take all three points and go in to next week’s final on a high. As for Blackburn the future looks bleak on and off the field. They are a club in turmoil but will be hoping to bounce back from the Championship next season.
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