I've never seen so many people make so little noise. For an hour, after Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in a penalty shootout to win UEFA's Champions League, a silent throng of 40,000 red-shirted fans stumbled past me, faces fixed with an expression of stunned misery.
They weren't leaving the Allianz Arena, where the final was played, but Munich's Olympic stadium. Bayern's former home had sold out, even though the only football action on display there was on a giant screen.
From outside it sounded like a real match was going on inside and, for long periods, there were thunderous roars of approval as the local team dominated their English opponents. And that explains the shock; the empty stares as the Bayern faithful walked home wondering how on earth their team had lost.
Not all left meekly. Hearing the English accents, many threatened the CNN crew with violence but their fury wasn't really directed at us. We were easy targets. Bayern's fans were actually angry with the footballing gods, and with Chelsea.
Jubilant Chelsea players parade trophy
All day Munich had been tapping its metaphorical foot to a carnival beat. The city was rocking; the blue of Chelsea overwhelmed by the red of Bayern as supporters sung, danced and drank under a gloriously sunny sky.
Yet that joyous abandon was extinguished by another odds-defying display from a Chelsea side who have reveled in their underdogs tag.
Penalty shootout drama in Munich
How could a team that had finished down in sixth place in England's Premier League, that had been in disarray when Roberto Di Matteo replaced Andre Villas-Boas as manager in February, that rode its luck to beat Barcelona in the semi-finals, overcome the combined talents of Mario Gomez, Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller?
As the 2011 champions from Spain had discovered in the previous round, football isn't won on paper. It's not enough to dominate the statistics. Bayern had 21 goal attempts to Chelsea's six. The German club earned 20 corners, Chelsea just one.
from one corner they got the goal in last minute.does it still not prove they are good.defend well go for goal if needed and get it and defend.
Chelsea deserved that title, all players were commuted to won. The interim coach deserves a full contract.
Bravo Chelsea and all worldwide fans.
incredible result!! large chunks of the game were a poor spectacle, compared to last year it was appalling, in fact. chelsea defended very well though, and took their chance when it came. pleased for young bertrand too, in this first CL game.
bayern had their chances. first they had a lead with just moments to go and failed to defend a corner, basic. second, how robben will rue that penalty miss! and finally they even had the advantage in the shootout. from a munich point of view, to have all that happen in their own backyard must be even more sickening than 1999.
Football is football and that is it. There can only be one winner even though penalty kicks do suck. Neither Chelsea nor Bayern played their best game. Both played better in the semi-final matches because they were more prepared. Chelsea won ok but with a lot of luck. 6th place in the premier league with 65 goals. Uncomparable to Real Madrid nor Barcelona who had played the Liga and the Champions league to the last drop. Well if Chelsea really want to be the true champions well i think they would have to just rightly defend this title and this time they would need more work for that and not luck. Chelsea is the champ but not the best. I am sorry to say that. Football is football!!!
As Gary Neville said from the start "it was just meant to be." Bayern absolutely should have won the game, but they threw away too many chances. And then they take their goal scorer off immediately after he's put them ahead. The manner of Chelsea's wins against both Barcelona and Bayern is classic Italian defensive style. Keep the shape, defend in depth and hit them on the break. It's not pretty but it's compelling theater. And you have to hand it to Chelsea that, when they did attack, they were very dangerous.
Big props to Chelsea who were one of the teams at the forefront of the "crisis" in English football according to your esteemed colleague, Pedro Pinto, who's been an epic fail with most of his predictions this season. The fact is Chelsea were simply smarter and braver than Barcelona and Bayern Munich. As underdogs they set out not to lose in the hope of sneaking a win and it worked. It wasn't pretty but better to be an ugly winner than an attractive loser.
simply admit the fact that didier drogba is a legend,punkt.
It was a great game. I pity those who can't appreciate a good defensive game. Anyone who has ever competed knows the satisfaction that comes with a good defensive game. It is appreciated in every sport besides soccer....there it defending seems to be some kind of sin.
If anything, this European season has proved you need to defend first, attack second....ask Pep if you don't believe me.
its just because of superstars that change the result in a second ,,,,, Bavarian duds didnt have player like drugba,,,,,
Chelsea well deserved! Bayern were played off the field one week before. Dortmund won by 5-2 over Bayern. One could imagine what would be left of Chelsea had they been made to pay Dortmund.
Congratulations to Chelsea. I am happy that it was an Italian coach who guided them to victory. Personally I also prefer open attacking football but with the current rules it's the defensive counter attacking teams that win. If, for example, in case of a draw.... the team that shot at goal more often would be designated the winner then, in my opinion, both teams would attack more. I would also like to see the baskeball time limit rule applied in soccer so that the teams cannot keep endlessly passing the ball around the field without taking a shot at goal. The use of the "sin bin" instead of the yellow card would also make the game more interesting...
the english love to stick it to the germans. They like it even more when the germans are miserable.
The BBC ran hour long shots of forlorn bayern fans. Call is sadism or schadenfreude..
Chelsea should justifiably be proud of themselves. Drogba is indeed a god.
But as a Bayern supporter, I know that Munich was the better side and the english will get thrashed in Euro 2012 and Brazil 2014. Consider it a done deal.
Chelsea believed in Quality ( Getting one corner and converted to goal ) while others attacking teams keep attacking but failing to convert ( 20 corners to Bayen... Simply quantity ). If you don´t agree then ask Barcelona and Munich.
Attack and defence are components of football. You only decide which component to amplify. The duty of attack is to unlock the defence while the duty of the defence is to thwart an attack.Chelsea executed its strategy successfully while Bayern failed to utilise its chances. Congratulations Chesea! you rock.
I simply don't understand why people talk about the negative tactics. They were missing three of their star defensive players (considering Ramires both a defensive and an offensive threat; a very complete and exciting young player) What would you have asked DiMatteo to do? The goal of the Champions League is to win. He didn't cheat. He simply analyzed his team's strengths and weaknesses and put a plan together to win. If Chelsea had Ivanovic, Ramires, Terry and Ramires, the tactics would most certainly been different.
If anyone watched film of the Barcleona, Chelsea semifinal in 2009 you would have seen that in the second leg, Chelsea did in fact open up and attack. A smaller, physically weaker Barcelona squad was forced to foul Chelsea to prevent goals and it worked. Chelsea got no calls in their favor, including two (maybe 3) clear penalty kicks, while Barcelona scored a late goal to advance. As a coach, playing Barcelona, based on that history, I would have assumed that again we were going to get no calls in our favor and would have played a tactically conservative game as well.
Kudos to Drogba, Lampard, Cech. Kudos to Chelsea. Great, great win.
what a cheap way to win any title... penalty kicks. it's the championship for crying-out-loud. keep playing until another goal is scored. play until the wheels fall off and then keep going until someone scores
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Drogba and his colleagues have been together for long. It is not easy to write them off. Home and away they play to a plan especially in the big matches. Such a team can be written off only by their rivals on a given match day. Napoli, Barça, Liverpool and Bayern never wrote them off. Why should others ?
Congratulations to Roberto Di Matteo, Lampard, Cech, Drogba, Obi, Kalou, Mata, Bertrand, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Boswinga, Malouda, Fernando Torres, Ramires, JT, Ivanovic and Meirelles.
Chelsea were not lucky, they scored more than Bayern dave55ides. That's how they won. There is no luck in football. Get that to your head all who talk of luck. You miss your chances your opponent gets theirs. period. Well done Chelsea though the game had a lot of dull spots for a final.
WHO's AYING SOMETHING ...CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE MOST ELLITE COMPETITION FIRST CLUB IN LONDON TO WIN ...OLD PLAYERS WHAT???BAYERN BLUNDERED ROBBEN SUFFERED From the world cup hangover lolol lol.Drogba is a beeeeeaaasttt!!!!IT IS ABOUT QUALITY NOT QUANTITY .bayern lesson learned ich hoffe auch das nechste saisn besser sein werde ,aber jetzt nach hause gehen und sehr sehr gut schlafen lal order lol ha haha!!!
I think you have to put Chelsea's achievement in some perspective. The match was played on Munich's home ground, in front of a stadium packed with their supporters. Chelsea had four key players (including their Captain) suspended. Moreover the two central defenders who played had to be rushed back from injuries and were nowhere near 100% fit. Bayern had more possession (55%) and more chances, but most of these were weak long range efforts. Petr Cech hardly had to make a save the whole game (until the penalties). Chelsea on the other hand always looked dangerous on the break. All in all this was an epic victory.
am very happy for chelsea especially drogba he have prove his african shrenght.am so sorry for those that says chelsea didnt derseve the title.chelsea beat barcelona the consider as the world best because the play primary school ball.i understand what some people think about wining a football game.the should go and ask BARCELONA
I saw a match which pitted an English team that had to fight to the very end without playing the most attractive football against a German side that had an entire nation behind them.At the end, the Blues of London walked away with the trophy. Football is such a crazy sports that's way it's loved by it's fans and hated by others. UP THE BLUES!!!!!
Chelsea deserved this more than any other side. Everyone wrote them off (even their own manager AVB stated it will be impossible to beat Napoli in England). Luck or talent? They scored four goals and out of all the trouble they faced Barcelona, talk about luck. They managed to defeat them over 180 minutes. You can't call it luck, most teams defend against Barca, but Chelsea defended and attacked too.
Hate them or love them, they are the champions of europe.
The Africans won the cup. Period.
hola CHELSEA, ME MUCHO GUSTO QUE HAYAN LOGRADO ESTE TITULO YA QUE SE LO MERECIAN GANAR DESDE HACE VARIAS TEMPORADAS, FELICIDADES A TODOS Y AL CAPITAN QUE SIEMPRE LO HE ADMIRADO POR SU GARRA, FELICIDADES CHELSEA.
A large part in winning a football game is composure. This is how Chelsea was able to overcome the passing games of Barcelona and Bayern. Defend and wait for just the right opportunity. It's so clear they did this to perfection. Chelsea's strength is in the experience of it's team and the composure they have to always stay focused no matter what. The better team won, and they won by calmly outwitting the other side. UEFA also earned itself a new team in its roster of champions. Chelseas' first time well earned and deserved. Congratulations.
I LOVE THE WAT THE GAME ENDED. THE BEST TEAM WON.UP CHELSEA.
Simply a stunning performance.
Bayern were not as effective as they could have been.
Chelsea were stunning and worth winners
I don't ever think I would be so happy again in my life than the day the GLORIOUS TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE CHELSEA won the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CUP.It isn't because I am a Chelsea Fun but it was a day I Really had a fulfilled DREAM. NEVER in my life have I become so fulfilled and achieved in my entire LIFE. Not even on my marriage day or my employment day or on the day I had my first born. I actually sat on tentahooks all one hundred and twenty hours of the match. In the nutshell, I have also learned ONE GREAT LIFE'S EXPERIENCE and that is EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE WITH DETERMINATION. My little advice is that Chelsea should revamp the team with NEW YOUNG PLAYERS and they SHALL LIVE FOREVER.
chelsea really did great though they were not favourites to win.as many fans expected either real madrid or barcelona to win but who gave a second look at the rampant chelsea?
are seriousy 40,000 people without making any noise -- Didia drogba is a small god 4 sure
Alex Thomas is a sports correspondent and anchor with CNN International, working out of the company’s London office. As well as reporting from the 2009 and 2010 Champions League finals, in Rome and Madrid, Alex has been CNN’s man on the ground at the Wimbledon and French Open tennis Championships, Vancouver Winter Olympics and the football World Cup in South Africa. He has also interviewed world sports celebrities like Roger Federer, Usain Bolt, Padraig Harrington, Arsene Wenger, Ji-Sung Park, Michael Ballack and Serena Williams.
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