They might have won it anyhow. But we will never know. After all, the scoreline ended emphatically, the clinical edge that Spurs lacked ruthlessly demonstrated as Chelsea proved, once again, they have what it takes to win big matches. But we will never know. What we do know, as much as confirmation that Didier Drogba remains a beast of a player, Frank Lampard is not past his sell-by date, Juan Mata is a matador and John Terry epitomises this Chelsea side, is that this game was decided, determined, by one decision. Video: See Chelsea ghost goal which caused Spurs fury A decision that, surely, could not be made. Not with the certainty demanded on this stage above all others. A decision that killed Spurs stone-dead. Martin Atkinson, remember, is the man who didn’t see Clint Hill’s header for QPR at Bolton which was a foot over the line. The man who didn’t see Mario Balotelli plant his studs in Alex Song’s knee last week, yet also the man who sent off Jack Rodwell for winning the ball in the Merseyside derby in October. And yet, somehow, even though everybody else inside Wembley, including, to add insult to Tottenham injury, John Terry, knew Mata’s shot had not crossed the line five minutes after the break, the man who ruled it had. Without consulting his assistant. Without any hesitation, even though, with Terry on the line when the ball hit him, he was also, by the letter of the law offside. No retrospective action, no apologies, can undo the damage to broken Spurs hearts. Nothing, now, can prevent Chelsea taking their place against Liverpool back under the Arch next month. By the end, it was a monstering, three clinical strikes in the final quarter, from Ramires, Lampard and Florent Malouda, nailing the coffin shut. Drogba was at his relentless best, scoring a goal that would have been the talking point in normal circumstances. Mata orchestrated in the hole, with Spurs always teetering on the defensive brink after failing to take their first half opportunities and Roberto Di Matteo’s men head for their Barcelona showdown with belief starting to run through their veins. Yet it did not, does not feel right, just. After Wigan last week, and now this, Chelsea must believe they have more than used up their share of fortune for the season. Di Matteo, though, deserves real credit for the way he has transformed a side that was on the verge of implosion just a few weeks ago and now stands on the edge of glory. He has consistently made big selection calls, too, which have paid off nearly every time. Yesterday, it was going with Drogba and Lampard rather than Fernando Torres and Raul Meireles, trusting Jose Bosingwa against Gareth Bale on the right. The latter choice looked dangerous throughout the first period and had Terry not got back on the line to block Rafael Van Der Vaart’s header on the line, or Emmanuel Adebayor made any contact with the Dutchman’s cross which pinged back off the post, it may have finished very differently. Enter, just before the break, Drogba. Lampard played up from the back, brilliantly shielding from William Gallas, spinning into space and unleashing a stunning left-footer that flew past Carlo Cudicini following Sunday’s shock 1-0 loss to Newcastle United.Despite dominating possession, Spurs only managed two shots on target against the Magpies.“We created some chances. Not too many, not enough to be honest,” he said.“That is why we’re very dis. Tottenham were rocking. Cudicini thwarted Mata and, from the resulting corner, David Luiz, but in the aftermath Mata’s strike was deemed by Atkinson alone to have crossed the line. It was deja-vu for Spurs, done in similar circumstances when Frank Lampard was awarded a ghost goal against them at Stamford Bridge last season. Spurs channeled their fury. Scott Parker released Adebayor, up-ended by Petr Cech after Luiz pulled up with a hamstring injury set to rule him out against Barcelona, before Bale found the empty net, the Chelsea keeper getting the benefit of the eventual outcome. But Spurs had run out of puff, Harry Redknapp’s gamble in sending on Jermain Defoe leaving them exposed and opened up. Mata teased through for Ramires to clip home, Lampard smashed in a stunner and James has revealed he’s playing for his idol in Frank Lampard.James has revealed he has a shirt signed by his manager hanging over his bed. He recalled to Four Four Two: “I got taken into the Chelsea dressing room, they gave me a shirt and all the pat the death – after John Obi Mikel escaped with a yellow for a blatant kick on Parker – Malouda capitalised on more Mata magic.