In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Didier Drogba posts a video of his delighted reaction after Eden Hazard converted the penalty to send us through to the Europa League final, Eintracht Frankfurt manager Adi Hutter speaks of his disappointment and pride after their Europa League semi-final loss and Petr Cech talks about playing in his ‘dream’ final against the Blues.
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Drogba thrilled with Blues win
Didier Drogba could not contain his delight after watching Chelsea book their place in the Europa League final as he posted a video of his reaction and a message of support to the Blues on Instagram, which was viewed more than a million times within eight hours. of its posting.
The Ivorian converted the winning spot kick in Munich in May 2012 on the only occasion that the Blues had won a penalty shoot-out in a European competition before Thursday.
And he could hardly contain himself as he posted a video of himself screaming ‘Vamos!’ as Eden Hazard fired in the Blues’ winner against Eintracht Frankfurt on another dramatic evening for the Blues.
Drogba shared the video with an accompanying message of support for the final.
‘Well done My People @hazardeden_10 @chelseafc,’ he wrote with accompanying emojis of blue hearts.
‘Another final!!!on the road to Baku @europaleague Let’s win it NOW.’
Disappointment and pride for Frankfurt boss
Eintracht Frankfurt manager Adi Hutter expressed mixed emotions of disappointment and pride in his team after their Europa League run ended in heart-breaking fashion at Stamford Bridge.
The German Bundesliga side battled from a goal down to send the match to extra-time but came up short in the lottery of penalties as Kepa Arrizabalaga saved efforts by Martin Hinteregger and Goncalo Paciencia before Eden Hazard converted the winning spot kick.
Despite his disappointment at the final outcome, Hutter was in magnanimous when he spoke to the media after the game.
‘Firstly I’d like to congratulate Chelsea for reaching the final,’ said the Frankfurt boss, as reported by the tournament’s official website.
‘We’re very disappointed that our final dream has not become reality. I’m unbelievably proud of the team and the performance here at Stamford Bridge.
‘There’s huge disappointment [in the dressing room]. We were all dreaming of going to the final. I can only congratulate them [the Eintracht players] on what they’ve achieved.
‘We’ve made people take note of our team [this season] and I think that’s very important.’
Cech looking forward to ‘dream’ final
Standing in our way in the Europa League final will be Chelsea legend Petr Cech, who will be in goal for our opponents Arsenal in the last match of his playing career in Baku.
The former Czech Republic international, who turns 37 later this month, helped the Blues to lift the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League the following year. However, he said that sentiment for his former club will not get in his way as he looks to bow out by lifting another trophy.
‘It will be remarkable to end my career against Chelsea,’ he told BT Sport after the Gunners won 4-2 at Valencia on Thursday to complete a 7-3 aggregate victory
‘The last dream was to play this European final and it has come true. Now the dream is to win the trophy.’
While Cech believes he could continue playing at the top level, he insisted that he is not going to re-think his decision to retire.
‘You have days when you play well and you think you could continue, but I think I have made the decision with a lot of thought,’ he said.
‘I could possibly go another two years but I would rather retire early than too late.’