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Guds hånd: let’s talk about THAT Jonas Lossl save


Was it divine intervention? Was it pure luck or was it another example of Jonas Lossl’s excellence? The truth is probably a combination of all three.

After a goal-mouth scramble that was a throw-back to a 1990s mud-bath with Town players throwing themselves in front of the ball time and time again, the ball eventually flicked up to Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen.

Despite there being no pace on the ball, he managed to generate enough power to send it towards the bottom corner.

Wrong-footed, Lossl re-balanced and stuck out a giant right-hand to stop it nestling in the top corner. Miraculously, the ball’s path was diverted just enough to flick off the post and rebound out before a Town player finally cleared the ball.

Throughout the game, Lossl had to be alert to keep Chelsea out, keeping out several attempts from Alvaro Morata, Willian and substitute Olivier Giroud in addition to doing just enough to put off Morata from rounding him successfully.

In the echelons of Town history, there may not be a single save that has mattered more to this club.

Danny Ward’s penalty heroics are, of course, without question but as for a single save in normal time of a game, this will undoubtedly be the most important we have seen and will see for generations to come.

Jonas Lossl has epitomised Wagner’s signings willingness to embrace what it means to be a Terrier and pull on the famous blue and white stripes and last night was no different.

His command of his area, organisational leadership alongside Schindler, Zanka and Kongolo were titanic and full credit should be given to all four of them for weathering such a fierce Chelsea storm.

To hold out for basically 85 minutes of a game against the former champions at their own patch is a monumental achievement.

Some of us will remember the replayed match against Northampton at Sixfields in 2003 when Town famously clung on to a scrappy 1-0 win courtesy of a Sir Andy Booth in the 53rd minute.

Goalkeeper Paul Rachubka pulled off three world-class saves to deny Derek Asamoah, Paul Trollope and Marc Richards and Anthony Lloyd cleared a goal-bound shot off the line.

I was there as a young boy to witness that horrific 37 minutes plus stoppage time and I can tell you this defensive performance was a thousand times better and a thousand times more difficult.

These defenders didn’t have Marc Richards or Derek Asamoah to contend with, they had Willian, Pedro, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Olivier Giroud. These are established, international players and in the cases of Hazard and Wilian, star players for their countries.

To keep this arsenal out the way they did is a feat that will not be surpassed easily and Jonas Lossl was vital to its creation.