- Didier Drogba is still relishing the Champions League glory of 2012
- The Chelsea legend says Juan Mata deserves all the credit in that competition
- Drogba says he pleaded with the ‘maestro’ to help him win the coveted trophy
Legendary Didier Drogba was instrumental in Chelsea’s famous win in the UEFA Champions League back in 2012 where the Blues defeated Bayern Munich in the final.
It was an extraordinary night at the Allianz Arena in Germany as Chelsea, against all odds, came out victorious in a game full of drama.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich had only fired coach Andre Villas-Boas and replaced with Roberto Di Matteo who eventually propelled the team to European glory, but Drogba stated that youngster Juan Mata inspired the team to win the final.
He wrote on Twitter: “After that meeting I asked a young 23-year-old Juan Mata, ‘Please maestro, help me win the Champions League’.
“The young man said to me, ‘Believe Didi, you have to believe’. Almost in tears I answered after looking at the time, ‘Believe in what? It’s almost over’. I’m gonna cry like a few months ago when I lost the [Africa Cup of Nations] final with Cote 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. The rest is history. The lesson is always believe!”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink is still clearly upset about the officiating during epic semi-final second-leg showdown between Chelsea and Barcelona at the 2008/2009 UEFA Champions League.
The Blues were denied four possible penalties in a match many agree that the referee made quite a number of blunders which marred the game.
Centre-referee of that game Tom Henning Ovrebo later admitted that he made series of blunders, but Hiddink who managed Chelsea at that time suggested that the game could have been fixed.
Ovrebo was verbally abused by several Chelsea players, including Didier Drogba, José Bosingwa and Michael Ballack, after turning down several penalty appeals during the match.
At a point, Drogba was physically restrained before he was handed a five-match ban. Chelsea were also fined £85,000 for improper conduct on the part of their players and fans.
Barcelona went on to win the coveted title after beating Manchester United in the final.
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