Sky Sports’ tagline for yesterday’s finals in the football and rugby was ‘Day of Destiny’ and it certainly felt like that when Chelsea defied the odds once again to realise their dreams and win the Champions League.
Chelsea defended well for the majority of the game and it suddenly sprung into life after Thomas Muller’s goal in the goal in the 83rd minute. But what a roller-coaster ride it was and no matter what any bitter haters say about the way Chelsea played, our name is on the trophy and we earned it.
Everyone involved in the club was a hero last night but three names spring to mind in particular. Firstly, the most obvious one is Didier Drogba who scored a late equaliser to take the game into extra time and scored the winning penalty that crowned the Blues the kings of Europe. The Ivorian’s contract expires in the summer, will he stay or go? If it was his last game for the club it was some way to sign off and the perfect redemption for being sent off in 2008’s Champions League final.
Then there’s Petr Cech, who saved former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben’s penalty five minutes into extra time and saved Ivica Olic’s during the shootout. The Czech may consider himself a little unlucky not to have saved more of the penalties as he went the right way each time.
Finally, a special mention for the interim manager Roberto Di Matteo, a former Chelsea player who has delivered what the likes of Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti couldn’t as manager – The Champions League Trophy. The competition has long been seen as the ‘holy grail’ for Roman Abramovich and the club, so it’s fitting that this was finally achieved by a man who’s Chelsea through and through. He has to be given the job full-time now, surely?
By winning the Champions League the Blues qualify for next season’s competition and will go straight into the group stages.