Drogba's Chelsea claim Champions League

Chelsea won the Champions League in the most unlikely circumstances in Munich. Typifying their remarkable season in the competition they fought back with a late equaliser, survived a penalty in extra-time and eventually beat the German side, Bayern Munich in a shootout.

Chelsea’s ability to defy the odds remains astonishing. Bayern were playing at their home ground, in front of an impassioned Bavarian support. The German side had never previously lost a Champions League shootout, while Chelsea had never won one.

The man who did much to change football history was Didier Drogba. He came up with the late bullet header to take the game to extra time after Thomas Muller had seemed to secure the cup for Bayern with his 83rd minute goal. Drogba then coolly stepped up to slot home the decisive penalty in the shootout.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech also earned eternal Chelsea hero status. He saved Arjen Robben’s penalty early in extra time, and kept his nerve to stop another in the shootout. Bastian Schweinsteiger then hit the post with his kick to give Drogba the opportunity to secure victory. "I was thinking I had to score when Petr Cech had made all his saves," Drogba said. "When we have this guy in goal you have to believe."

Drogba dedicated the victory to all the coaches and players he had known during his time at the club. "We gave everything. It was written, I think, a long time ago. I've been at this club for eight years and we've always been so near yet so far. Now, at last, we have this cup. It's coming back with us to Stamford Bridge and that's the best feeling ever."

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