Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has opened up on the impressive Champions League title win at the club nine years ago and the events that preceded it. Drogba was a key part of the Chelsea team that defeated Bayern Munich on penalties in the final to win the Champions League trophy for the first time in the club’s history.


DidierDrogbatalked extensively about the 2012 Champions League title win on his Twitter handle last week to celebrate its ninth year anniversary. The Ivorian football icon revealed how he told a young Juan Manuel Mata to help Chelsea win the Champions League title in February. In his response, the Manchester United midfielder replied the Blues legend that he was in a better position to win the competition for Chelsea. According to Drogba, he had been at the club for eight years and the best they could do is a runner-up spot to Premier League rivals Manchester United in 2008.

At the time of the discussion between Didier Drogba and Mata, Chelsea had sacked new manager Andre Villas-Boas and replaced him with former player Roberto Di Matteo. Drogba revealed how the Chelsea players had a meeting to address the poor results posted by the club and that they decided to put their egos aside for the greater good of finishing the season strongly.

Chelsea had trailed Napoli 3-1 after the first leg of their round of 16 clash and they were able to see off the Italians by winning the second leg 4-1 at home to advance into the quarterfinals via a 5-4 aggregate victory.Drogba and Chelsea saw off Portuguese club Benficaand Spanish outfit Barcelona in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively before facing Bayern Munich in the final.

Drogba narrated how Mata encouraged him after Bayern scored a late goal through Thomas Mueller having already lost out to Zambia in the final of the African Cup ot Nations (AFCON) earlier that year. The German international scored with seven minutes left on the clock to give the Bavarian giants the lead. In the end, Drogbascored the equaliser five minutes later to take the game to extra time via a header off the first corner kick of the game taken by the same Mata. He then scored the winning penalty during shootout to win the trophy for his team.

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