I remember the Champions League final in 2012 as it was yesterday, it was a feeling I had never had before and a feeling I have never had again since the moment Didier Drogba converted the decisive penalty to see us lift our first Champions League ever. trophy.
What I do not remember as well is the festivities after the game, the place went crazy and we had the biggest party of our lives. A repeat of all this tonight will be yet another absolute dream come true.
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Chelsea were not even expected to have a distant chance of getting to the Champions League that season after interim manager Roberto Di Matteo came in to take over the government, let alone win it all. And against Bayern Munich in the final, they were far underdogs.
Seeing a lineup that included Ryan Bertrand, a left-back who played left midfield, was surprising to say the least. But at the end of the day, it was his heart, his desire and his struggle that helped see Chelsea across the line and lift the trophy. Bertrand held up against all odds and put the performance of his life against a world-class opponent.
Chelsea tonight against a world-class opponent in Manchester City are once again underdogs and they have to channel their inner Ryan Bertrand – The successful story of the underdog.
Like 2012, we were not expected to get anywhere in the Champions League this season at all, let alone to the final, and again as in 2012, we switched leaders halfway through a season filled with turmoil and inconsistency.
But against all odds, we are here in the Champions League final again. While Thomas Tuchel will not set up in the same way as Di Matteo did that night in Munich to contain and fight, but they must show the exact same match and desire to win the match and fight for every single ball, every single tackle and win every only other ball, exactly as the boys had done in 2012.
When it comes down to it, Chelsea strikers in the gloomy death of the match MUST make their very best Didier Drogba impression and show the heart and confidence to step up with a goal just when we need them, because we know we have players, who can do it, they just need the faith and confidence in themselves to deliver.
If I were a Chelsea player going into action tonight, I would have watched the 2012 final again and again all this week and again this morning, and I would have followed closely with people like Bertrand, Drogba, Cahill, Cole , Lampard and all the other absolute heroes that night, and I want to make sure I do absolutely everything physically possible to become one of those lifetime Chelsea heroes as well.
Make your own successful underdog story….
Up the Blues, COME ON CHELSEAAAA !!!!