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Chelsea team return home heroes after League win Photo by: Google Images

Chelsea stun Munich in dramatic Champions League final

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Chelsea team return home heroes after League win Photo by: Google Images

It was an action packed Saturday night at the Allianz Arena in Munich as Chelsea claimed their first ever Champions League crown.

Having conceded a late goal towards the end of normal time to Thomas Muller Chelsea summoned a brave response.

In the 89th minute Didier Drogba headed a glorious equaliser and extra time was necessary as Munich failed to close the deal.

Munich then spurned a gilt edged chance when former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben missed a penalty after Drogba had fouled Franck Ribery in the area.

That meant spot kicks were required and Petr Cech emerged as the Chelsea hero as the Londoners furiously celebrated their surprise win.

Chelsea skipper John Terry missed the game through suspension, but was allowed lift the trophy afterwards with Frank Lampard and the English international believes interim manager Roberto Di Matteo played a huge role in this success.

"Robbie has been fantastic since he came in. You look at that trophy. That's certainly what we've been waiting for, what the owner's been waiting for, what the owner was in tears for.

''He's worked for this, he's pumped an awful lot of money into this football club trying top achieve that. We've done that and Robbie deserves a lot of credit for that.''

"We hope that he stays on. He's been fantastic. He can't do any more than he's done. To win the FA Cup and the Champions League, he can't do more than that.''

''It means the world to me. It was a great touch from Frank and a really nice gesture from UEFA. It was a really unfortunate situation I put myself in, but on nights like this you have to be involved.''

Cech, who remained cool in the shoot-out also reckons that Di Matteo has staked a claim to become Chelsea boss on a permanent basis.

''Whatever happens to him he's got two fantastic cups and he's deserved that. I think he's done enough to get the job but now it's up to the board to decide.'

''When we lost the penalty shoot-out against Manchester United in Moscow maybe it was not meant to be our moment.

''But as a player you hope you will have the same opportunity to play the final. It was a rollercoaster road, we all enjoyed it, and we got there in the end. I faced six penalties and six times I went the right way, four times I touched the ball.''

Di Matteo didn't want to discuss his future immediately after the contest. ''I'm enjoying this moment and I'd just like to go out and celebrate with the players. I won't talk about it now. I just want to enjoy the moment.'

''We have a group of players that have a big heart, passion, motivation and desire. That was the only way to be able to achieve this trophy. It's been an immense effort by the whole group - staff, players - and we are very happy tonight.'

''Bayern is a good team and when they scored there was not much time left. Games like this need passion and players who rise to the occasion. We've got a lot of players like that, who have done it before and did it again. 'It's been an incredible three months, demanding and challenging for everybody.''

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