Former Chelsea striker and Ivory Coast international Didier Drogba has shed details of what transpired 8 years ago, when Chelsea made history by winning their first-ever Champions League Trophy.
That was on 19th May, 2012, when against all odds, Chelsea, coming from another huge victory against Barcelona at the Semi-Finals stage, beat Bayern Munich, in their own home, Allianz Arena.
Taking to his Twitter account, the Chelsea legend has shared a story on their journey to victory as narrated below:
Via Didier Drogba on Twitter:
“Eight years ago, the manager had been sacked by the club and we, the players had a team meeting where we recognized being partly responsible for his departure. The captain, John Terry spoke, Frank Lampard, Peter Cech and other leaders in the group too.
We decided to all give this competition everything, despite our defeat 4-1 against Napoli. We had been chasing this trophy for eight years and couldn’t do better than runner up. Everyone agreed to put egos aside and challenge each over for the same goal.
Eight years ago,
the Manager had been sacked by the club and we, the players had a team meeting where we recognised being partly responsible for his departure.
The captain @johnterry spoke, @franklampard @petrcech and other leaders in the group too.
— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) May 19, 2020
After that meeting, I asked a young 23 years old Juan Mata, “please Maestro, help me win the champions league.“ He looked at me like “man you’re crazy, you’re Didier Drogba you are gonna help me win it, I then told him I’ve been here for 8 years and never won it so I believe you’re the one who’s gonna help us win. I’ll even give you a present if we win it,” that was the end of February.
Three months later, we were in Munich, in the final, in their stadium, submerged with a red wave. The hosts took the lead with 8 minutes to go and on my way to kick the ball for the last 8 minutes I was so discouraged, the young man said to me “believe Didi, you have to believe”, almost in tears I answered after looking at the time score “believe in what? It’s almost over, I’m gonna cry like a few months ago when I lost the final with Côte d’Ivoire. “
Last-minute, last corner, I mean the first corner for us against eighteen for Bayern Munich. Guess who took that corner kick… Juan Mata, and the rest is history. The lesson is ALWAYS BELIEVE !!!!
Happy 8th Birthday to US. Pride of London,” Drogba wrote.
Drogba equalized with the 88th-minute corner kick, sending the game into extra time where Peter Cech saved a penalty from Arjen Robben, leading the game into post-match penalties.
Although Juan Mata lost his penalty, Cech saved two of Bayern’s, before Drogba scoring the winner to send an eruption at the Allianz Arena.
Against All odds, Chelsea became CHAMPIONS!!
THE NIGHT IN MUNICH!