Chelsea defender Gary Cahill expressed disbelief at the double trophy win that came in a glorious end to his season.
The England international move to Stamford Bridge from Bolton Wanderers in the January transfer window, where he was helping the Trotters to fight off relegation.
In just four months he became a crucial member of the Blues sides that won both the FA Cup and Champions League – becoming he first London side to lift the trophy in the process – a far cry form what he had experienced up until then.
“It is a dream come true. When I picked up the injury against Barcelona I feared I wouldn't make this game but I am thankful to the staff that got David and I back. It's absolutely amazing,” he said to the club’s official website.
“We were disappointed to miss the FA Cup but the lads went out and did a job there, the team stuck together throughout everything this season, which hasn't always been great, and we now have two trophies including the Champions League.”
Both Cahill and David Luiz picked up hamstring injuries at the end of the campaign and left them doubtful for making the game in Munich on Saturday – there were even question marks over whether they could both last the full game.
Their presence was crucial due to the suspensions given to John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic, so a risk was taken and paid off with the duo playing very well for the full 120 minutes.
Saturday’s win made for a meteoric rise in Cahill’s career and a season that has seen him become an England regular before becoming European champion – it’s something he is still getting used to.
“It is still sinking in. it is so surreal. I came here to win trophies and signed for five and a half years. I didn't think I would be winning two inside six months. It's amazing,” he continued.
“If you had told me at the start of the season I would win the Champions League I would have thought you were joking. I'm lost for words.”
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