The Greatest FA Cup Shock – that’s the claim from many football fans after Bradford City beat mighty Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge writes football betting tips site FC Bodog.
But what made the win even more special was that the League 1 Yorkshire side fought back from two goals down at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho’s side looked to be heading for a routine victory as Gary Cahill and Ramires put the Blues – and at the time hot FA Cup betting favourites – two up inside 38 minutes.
But then Jon Stead pulled one back for the visitors before half time to give the Bantams hope they might be able to force a replay. That hope turned to genuine belief as Felipe Morais side-footed in an equaliser in front of the ecstatic travelling supporters.
Bradford’s fans then went absolutely bananas as Andy Halliday scored an amazing third for the Yorshiremen before Mark Yeates notched an incredible fourth to complete what is surely the greatest FA Cup shock of modern times.
Chelsea are odds-on to win this season’s Premier League. Many believe Mourinho has already built one of the finest EPL squads of all time in his second stint at the club. The Blues are fancied strongly to go deep in this season’s Champions League.
Today’s loss means they have failed to reach the 5th round of the competition for only the second time in 17 years.
Before the game Mourinho said that losing to Bradford would be “a disgrace”. He said: “The other day a coach of a big team was knocked out of the cup and he was saying, ‘Good, very good. This is perfect for us. Now we can focus on the other competitions.’ If I lose against Bradford, I don’t say that. I say it’s a disgrace.”
After the match Mourinho was reported to have entered the joyous Bradford dressing room and congratulated every member of the Bradford management and playing staff.
Commented the Portuguese boss: “What happened is football and football is beautiful. I think this is the beauty of football where a much better team can lose, which is difficult to happen in another sport and more possible to happen here in this country and this sport.
“The small team mentality is special. My respect goes to that and to them, they did a fantastic history for them and their club. I repeat a word I used before this match, it’s a disgrace for a big team to lose to a small team from a lower team.
“We must feel ashamed, me and the players must feel ashamed. Frustration is not the right word, embarrassed would be more appropriate.”