Chelsea’s players couldn’t hide their delight when speaking to the media after Saturday night’s penalty shootout victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
Didier Drogba’s 88th minute header cancelled out Thomas Muller’s effort six minutes earlier in a game that came to life towards in the closing stages, with Arjen Robben’s penalty miss adding to the drama.
Despite Juan Mata missing first from the spot after 120 minutes, Ivica Olic and Bastian Sweinsteinger were both unable to convert their efforts, leaving the Blues’ Ivorian talisman Drogba to wrap things up and sent the travelling support into raptures.
"It's a fantastic feeling, we've been chasing the Champions League for eight years since I joined the club and we came really close on so many occasions - and in the season where nothing was going well we finally managed to break through," noted stopper Petr Cech post-match.
Victory is the culmination of a dream for owner Roman Abramovich, who has invested millions of pounds at Stamford Bridge in an effort to claim the European Cup. For captain on the night Frank Lampard, it was simply an unforgettable evening in Germany.
“It feels brilliant because every year you don't win, many semi-finals and finals that we've haven't won the competition. Every year you want to win more and you have to keep believing and the feeling when the last penalty went in was amazing," said the England international.
Defender Paulo Ferreira paid a fitting tribute to Drogba, admitting that the former Marseille star managed to swing the game in Chelsea’s favour with a fine finish from a corner.
"Everyone knows Didier is a top, top striker. He's the kind of player that can decide a game and for us tonight he was there,” said the Portuguese full-back.
“From a corner he found that space and he did a wonderful header and he gave us the hope to win this competition."
The result means Chelsea will enter next season’s competition as holders, whilst fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur will have to settle for another season in the Europa League.