Didier Drogba left speechless by Chelsea’s Champions League win
Chelsea's Didier Drogba admits he can't find the words to express his emotion after the Blues win the Champions League in Munich
Didier Drogba admitted Chelsea’s Champions League success left him speechless after the Ivory Coast striker scored the decisive penalty in the shootout to secure victory over Bayern Munich and land the Blues their first European crown.
Thomas Muller had put Bayern ahead in the 84th minute, with the German side apparently easing towards their fifth European cup, but Drogba’s thunderous header from a Juan Mata corner levelled with two minutes remaining.
The 34-year-old conceded a spot-kick in extra-time but Petr Cech saved Arjen Robben’s effort to ensure a dramatic final at the Allianz Arena went into a penalty shootout.
Mata missed Chelsea’s opening attempt but Cech denied Ivica Olić and Bastian Schweinsteiger to hand Drogba the chance to secure the Blues’ first Champions League title – and he duly obliged with what many expect will be his last kick for the club.
“I’m really happy and I don’t know if there are enough words to describe how I feel now,” said Drogba.
“Today I’m smiling; in Moscow it was very difficult, very painful for the players, club and fans; today we managed to change it.”
“Again, it was an amazing, crazy game – conceding a goal minutes from the end, equalising. We gave everything. I don’t know if we have enough energy to party tonight but we’re going to find it.
“I was confident but I still had in my head the African Nations Cup, when I could have won the game for my team so it was very difficult.
“Petr Cech is the best goalkeeper in the world and made some great saves – I wanted to do it for him and everyone else. I wanted to make everyone smile and I did.”