Chelsea 4 Wycombe Wanderers 0 (Chelsea win 5-1 on aggregate): Shevchenko finds scoring touch as Blues cruise into the final

Andrei Shevchenko has had to learn how to impress Jose Mourinho the hard way, and last night the Chelsea manager revealed just how harsh the lesson has been. "Sometimes you kick and sometimes you kiss," Mourinho said and, after scoring two goals to put his team into the Carling Cup final, the £31m man was at last due some of the latter.

Having shared with Frank Lampard the four goals that take Chelsea to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 25 February, Shevchenko might have expected that it would all be about him, but if so he did not reckon on a manager who has a habit of stealing the limelight. Mourinho's extraordinary post-match monologue was a thinly veiled attack on the attitude of his £31m striker and served as a warning that Shevchenko's reputation alone would never guarantee him a place.

The striker came off with seven minutes left to a raucous farewell from the Chelsea fans, his first two goals in 10 games since hitting the net against Levski Sofia on 5 December. This time there was even a handshake from the manager, who pointedly blanked him when he left the pitch at Anfield on Sunday. "One of the principles I have is that the players who perform game after game are the players who are on the pitch," Mourinho said, "I'm very happy Sheva got the message."

The message, according to Mourinho, was that there are no exemptions when it comes to impressing him during the week and in matches, and anyone who thought he had a "personal problem" with Shevchenko was a "silly thought", although in his English it sounded like "silly sod". Yet the manner in which he described the standards expected of his players it sounded exactly like this was a player with whom he had a very serious problem.

"What I have done with him I do with every player whether they cost £30m or£300,000," Mourinho said. "If they work hard and perform, I love them; if they don't work and perform, I hate them. It is not easy [for Shevchenko] to do it with a click. This is a Jose Mourinho team with special qualities and a special philosophy. He needed some time to do that. He must repeat what he did in terms of his movement, his team contribution, his effort."

Implicit in every word was that, thus far, Shevchenko has not impressed a manager who, getting into his stride, said that he did not pick players because "they had beautiful eyes, were the first to training or the last one in the showers". For the first time in a while the Chelsea manager was in full flow and it was no surprise that he could not help himself from discussing the thorny issue of his own future and that of the new contract for his captain John Terry.

If this was his way of bringing Shevchenko to heel it was spectacular, if it was meant to bring the striker back down after two goals against League Two opposition, it was ruthlessly efficient. As an exertion of power in a club that knows a thing or two about struggles for influence, Mourinho's move was decisive. "The intelligent philosophy is the philosophy that makes me happy," he said. "It's the same philosophy that makes Terry, Lampard and [Didier] Drogba happy. That's why we are strong."

All that was missing last night was the silhouette of Roman Abramovich, who is in Moscow on business. There was a prickly atmosphere too, Michael Ballack and the busymidfielder Gary Doherty grappled with each other in the tunnel at half-time. Even the injured John Terry remonstrated with the fourth official.

It was Doherty who gifted Shevchenko his first when he passed square across his own defence, the £31m man ran on to it and slipped the ball past Wycombe's Portuguese goalkeeper Ricardo Batista. Three minutes before the interval, Didier Drogba weighted a chip through Wycombe's defence and, just timing his run right, Shevchenko connected with a volley for the second.

Wycombe had their chances but Lampard's first was a real beauty as he controlled a through-ball and beat Batista and defender Sam Stockley to finish with an exquisitely light touch. He added the fourth in injury time from Drogba's cross.

"The principle I have in my work is that the best players, who perform game after game are the ones who play," Mourinho added. "At the moment [Shevchenko] has earned the right to be in the line-up on Sunday."

Chelsea (4-1-3-2): Cech; Diarra, Carvalho, Essien, A Cole (Morais, 84); Makelele; Mikel, Lampard, Ballack (Wright-Phillips, 84); Shevchenko (Kalou, 84), Drogba. Substitutes not used: Hilario (gk), Bridge.

Wycombe Wanderers (4-4-2): Batista; Martin, Williamson, Antwi (Stockley, 60), Golbourne; Betsy, Oakes (Anya, 83), Doherty, Bloomfield (Torres, 65); Mooney, Easter. Substitutes not used: Young (gk), Palmer.

Referee: M Dean (Wirral).

News
The guide, since withdrawn, used illustrations and text to help people understand the court process (Getty)
newsMinistry of Justice gets law 'terribly wrong' in its guide to courts
News
Bobbi Kristina Brown with her mother Whitney Houston in 2011
people
News
Starting the day with a three-egg omelette could make people more charitable, according to new research
scienceFeed someone a big omelette, and they may give twice as much, thanks to a compound in the eggs
News
Top Gun actor Val Kilmer lost his small claims court battle in Van Nuys with the landlord of his Malibu mansion to get back his deposit after wallpapering over the kitchen cabinets
people
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
The actress Geraldine McEwan was perhaps best known for playing Agatha Christie's detective, Miss Marple (Rex)
peopleShe won a Bafta in 1991 for her role in Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
News
newsPatrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
News
Robert Fraser, aka Groovy Bob
peopleA new show honours Robert Fraser, one of the era's forgotten players
Life and Style
Torsten Sherwood's Noook is a simple construction toy for creating mini-architecture
tech
Sport
David Silva celebrates with Sergio Aguero after equalising against Chelsea
footballChelsea 1 Manchester City 1
News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links