CITY A.M. VERDICT
Their defensive vulnerability aside, this was the Chelsea of old, bullying their way back into a contest they looked destined to lose by some margin on the evidence of the early exchanges. The decision to oust Andre Villas-Boas suddenly looks a sage one.
MAN OF THE MATCH
He might be difficult to love, but it’s impossible not to have the upmost respect for Didier Drogba. Chelsea’s weapon of mass destruction provided the knockout punch of a performance that embodied a captivating act of blue defiance.
Petr Cech made two crucial early saves to keep Chelsea in the tie but the whole mood inside Stamford Bridge, not to mention the complexion of the tie, was transformed by Drogba’s bullet near post header.
The Special One has been, gone and is possibly on his way back to west London. How he, or whoever takes over at Stamford Bridge, goes about replacing Drogba – the truly Irreplaceable One – will go a long way to determining their longevity.
Chelsea was clinical. They are a team full of stars. We were unlucky not to convert so many goal-scoring chances we created in the first half.
Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri