Clive Walker was the audio co-commentator on the official Chelsea website during the weekend's game. He saw his former team overcome the odds and conquer Europe…
Before we knew the team it was quite easy to predict 10 of the starters with one place left to fill. The question was whether Roberto Di Matteo would go with Florent Malouda if he was 100 per cent fit, Daniel Sturridge or another player, and the surprise package was Ryan Bertrand. To put him in for his European debut in a new position was a very brave move but showed how much trust the coach had in him to do the job he asked him to do. Bertrand's performances recently have been magnificent and we have seen Ashley Cole's form improve of late, so maybe he is thinking he has an understudy to worry about now. It is working for everybody and it wasn't an open game which probably helped Ryan slot into that position. He did very well.
It can't have been easy for Gary Cahill and David Luiz to play a game like that after a month out but they showed what true professionals they are. They nurtured their injuries to get themselves fit for this one game, with the backroom staff helping them out. They should all take a huge pat on the back for getting it absolutely spot on but the worry was when it came to extra-time. How fit would they be? But they managed it and David Luiz even took a penalty as well. Great performances.
We expected Bayern to have more possession, similar to Barcelona but not to that extreme, so we expected it to be backs to the wall at times. They are a decent side with some good players and with four of our best players out our game plan was probably to get to half-time hoping to have frustrated them. Against the home team, which is a rarity in a cup final, we didn't want them getting into full flow and penetration-wise Bayern only got through a couple of times, so first half the game plan worked.
Arjen Robben got through a couple of times and didn't take the chance on, and on other occasions he missed the target. Maybe he was trying too hard because he was playing against his old club. Everything seemed to go right for us on the night, as it has done throughout the competition.
The second half was a little bit slow in getting going and you can't keep giving world-class players opportunities but thankfully they fell to Mario Gomez who was poor on the night. I said in commentary before the game that Thomas Muller is an exceptional player who has got to be watched on all occasions but he got round the back for the Bayern goal. It was a bit of a mix-up with Ashley Cole and David Luiz at the far post. There wasn't pressure on the cross and it was a free header, maybe due to tiredness of mind as much as tiredness of body, but it was a good cross.
With three minutes to go in a Champions League Final, I was absolutely gobsmacked that Bayern gave Didier Drogba such a good opportunity to get a header in. It was a great attacking move by him and one we have been used to from him over the years. It was no big surprise for us but they gave him the chance to run although he was pushed as well. It was an absolutely out-of-this-world finish.
Not only did Petr Cech make a great penalty save from Robben and then saved Ivica Olic's in the shoot-out, he also got a touch on Bastian Schweinsteiger's and pushed it onto the post. Absolutely brilliant.
Since the turn of the year, when John Mikel Obi plays alongside Frank Lampard they have worked well together. Frank's experience has helped him and he knows Frank is alongside him if he makes any mistakes. He has improved tremendously as a player. There were a couple of games earlier when Frank didn't start and John got pulled out of position on a couple of occasions, which doesn't happen when Frank it there. John had a very influential game on Saturday.
Didier Drogba's penalty was going in all day long. It was written in the stars, it was in the script - however you want to say it it was inevitable he was going to score that final penalty and there were no nerves.
It was right that JT went up and lifted the trophy with Frank. I know there have been a few people complaining but after all he has done for the club having been there since he was 14 years of age, to not be given that opportunity in the biggest game in the club's history when he has played in the games previously would have been a travesty.
It was fabulous being at the parade on Sunday, on Eel Brook Common working for Chelsea TV. You could see the players really appreciated the thousands of fans and they got close to them. It was humbling for them.