The second leg of the Champions League clash between Barcelona and Chelsea as reported in "Unbreakable" (The New Paper, yesterday) showed the world that as long as teams have a hunger and desire to win, the results will come along soon.
Before the match, many people and the media had written off Chelsea and taken for granted that Barcelona would qualify for the final in Munich, despite being 0-1 down from the first leg.
When Chelsea skipper John Terry was sent off in the 37th minute and Barcelona were leading 2-0, who on earth would have thought that the Blues would be able to pull a goal back before half-time, draw 2-2 at full time with a late Fernando Torres goal and win 3-2 on aggregate?
More hunger to win
Chelsea showed more hunger and desire to win. The Blues showed their never-say-die attitude even when they were a man down to eventually triumph over the all-mighty Barcelona.
They played their hearts out, which impressed many fans and neutrals around the world. So credit to the Blues. A job well done.
A similar incident happened last week when Manchester United hosted Everton.
When United were leading 4-2 with 10 minutes left, Everton kept pressing on and were eventually rewarded with an amazing 4-4 draw at Old Trafford.
These two matches prove to us that as long as every footballer plays with his heart and soul and a never-say-die attitude on the pitch, results will come even when they trail behind their opponents at some stage.
Even if they lose the match, fans will still be touched and appreciate the players' efforts.
So I really hope and wish our national players can learn from this whenever they play, be it merely international friendlies or tournaments like the Suzuki Cup.
So, go Lions, go! Roar and play your hearts out!
FROM READER MARCUS TAN
This article was first published in The New Paper.