Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku returns to Stamford Bridge tomorrow, where his Chelsea dream was effectively ended by the impossibility of competing with Jose Mourinho’s ‘untouchables’, with every right to believe that the tables have now been well and truly turned.
Chelsea will reach a big moment in their history when they arrive at Wembley today not just because of the opportunity to complete a ‘Double’ but because it marks the first game in a new era without captain John Terry, the man behind so much of their modern success. So, the big question is who will step up to replace him?
ALK about splitting opinion. Chelsea’s Diego Costa was the key man in a pivotal London derby that has effectively kick-started Chelsea’s season and all but ended Arsenal’s. But he received as much criticism as he did praise afterwards and could today discover if he faces FA disciplinary action.
Jose Mourinho found himself in foreign territory as he congratulated the Arsenal players as they descended from the royal box – Arsene Wenger, of course, avoided his great rival – and forced to contemplate an uncomfortable fact; Arsenal had finally managed to beat Chelsea at their own game.
A Cork couple are running the Cork City Marathon in memory of their baby Beth, a man has been arrested in connection with the shooting dead of a former IRA commander in Belfast, the people on the Vote No posters are in favour of marriage equality and the Cork school friends who share family links with the Lusitania.