Yesterday, May 19, 2020, marked exactly eight years since Chelsea won its first UEFA Champions League trophy.
Didier Drogba, whose goals helped Chelsea win the trophy has given an account of all that happened.
Drogba scored Chelsea’s equalizer in the 88th minute and later scored the winning penalty to aid the Blues defeat Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties.
According to Drogba, the players decided to give their all and win a trophy that they had been chasing for eight years. He reveals that the biggest lesson he learnt after winning the Champions League with Chelsea is to “always believe.”
Here’s the account he gave on Twitter:
“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 John Terry spoke, Frank Lampard, Petr 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.
“After that meeting, I asked a young 23 years old Juan Mata Garcia ‘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 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 first corner for us against eighteen for Bayern Munich. Guess who took that corner kick… Juan Mata Garcia and the rest is history. The lesson is ALWAYS BELIEVE!!!!”
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