During last night’s Munich Watch Party, Didier Drogba tweeted a story revealing he had almost given up hope after Bayern’s goal, but a connection with Juan Mata, forged months earlier, helped get us back in the game.
We all know Drogba was in the thick of the action in the 2012 Champions League final. As well as equalising and netting the winning penalty, he gave a spot-kick away in extra-time that Petr Cech, who was also involved in last night’s #CFCWatchParty, saved.
Victory brought the most dramatic European campaign of all to a sensational end, but it had hung in the balance when we lost in Naples in the first leg of our round of 16 tie. A meeting before the return fixture against Napoli at the Bridge prompted a discussion between Drogba and Mata that would have ramifications months later. Drogba explained all last night…
Drogba was true to his word and gave Mata and the rest of the squad and staff a special ring commemorating the unlikely triumph.
The Ivorian was also in charge of the post-match party in the Chelsea dressing room!
However, one man was missing: Cech! The man who had saved three penalties over the course of an exhausting night was called in to do doping control in the wake of the victory. Cech and Drogba joked about that on social media during the Watch Party. The goalkeeper would have to wait until the team were back at the hotel before he could really get involved in the celebrations!